October Chills

Oh boy, was it cold in the boat this morning!
At 7am, Hubby said the temperature had dropped to 6º and put the heating on, telling me to stay in bed until things warmed up.
I didn’t argue, and neither did Maggie, who snuggled closer behind my knees and into her own blanket.

Yesterday, we’d had torrential rain during the night which continued through most of the day. When the thunder and lightning struck, we were in the car in town, and Maggie didn’t flinch as much as she would normally which was a blessing.
It was only a short storm, and by the time we got back to the marina, at least the rain had stopped and it was a dry evening.
weather-oct-2-to-5Hubby has looked at the week’s forecast, and it would appear we are in for some nice weather until Wednesday when it will start to go downhill and into colder times.
Last year, we got caught out and woke up one day not only to the cold but to windows, frames, doors and our houdini hatch ‘dripping’ with condensation that had turned to ice!
Because the shop which normally stocks it does not have any yet, we have gone through our cupboards today and found sufficient clingfilm double glazing to do at least 2 of our windows, perhaps 4.
cling filmThis afternoon, Hubby has put wooden bars across those in our lounge so that the opening top will be accessible. We discovered last year that by sealing them completely, on sunny days the boat was stifling and we couldn’t air it properly. Any accumulated heat was lost by opening the bow and helm doors for air circulation. We are hoping this modification will address that problem and thus contain most of the heat inside the boat.
Looking on the internet, we have found an alternative source and will be shopping accordingly tomorrow.

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With the new wooden porthole frames, we should not have a condensation problem there to warrant sealing over all four portholes with picture frames as we have these past two winters.  Again, on warm sunnier days we will be able to open those windows too for airing.

doughnut 1Our cake boards are doing a marvellous job as ‘night bungs’ and we are hoping that they will be sufficient to keep the overnight condensation at bay (the metal frame housing the glass is designed with drainage holes).

Winter is coming, and we are getting the boat prepared.
Hubby has already done his maintenance oil changes, one of our oil filled radiators is out of the cupboard in readiness with the other easily accessible and we have a full tank of fuel.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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15 Responses to October Chills

  1. Oh, I thought it was cold here – I was wrong! It’s cold there!

  2. I was sitting on our terrace last night asking The Turk (as I have done so many times over the past few weeks) “when is it going to rain”. My hope is the rain will cool the place down.

    His answer was always “Tuesday”. Well Tuesday has come and gone over and over and still no rain now he just replies, “never. Never. It is never going to rain. Ever.”

  3. Capt Jill says:

    its finally starting to cool off a little here too, low 7os at night (perfect), mid 80s daytime (still too hot to do much). Another few weeks and it should be glorious!

  4. scifihammy says:

    I see the temps suddenly plummet! Quite a lot to do on your boat in preparation for winter, but you seem to have it covered – Pun! hehe 🙂

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  6. Ice already? Whew. But this year you are ready. Great idea for the solution in the lounge’s circulation.

    • No ice yet, but we’re heading towards it. The houdini hatch is now done, with velcro would you believe, and we are just waiting to see if it does the trick before forking out more money to do the rest. Who knows, maybe the clingfilm will be in the shop by then!!

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