Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter arrives at the marina




Ice pushed away from the marina entrance by the incoming tide

We are continuing to get ourselves comfortable in the marina. We had been warned that our biggest problem would be the cold. However this has not been a problem as the boat is equipped with an Eberspacher warm air heater. This is a diesel powered heater controlled by a thermostat which blows warm air into each cabin and has proved to be very effective.
The other winter boat problem, which had to be tackled, was condensation. Warm air inside, cold air outside, together with people breathing and cooking are a recipe for condensation. We attacked this problem head on with two Meaco dehumidifiers and plenty of ventilation when conditions allow. The dehumidifiers are run for a short while each morning and evening and we now have a perfectly dry, warm boat.  Also a good electric blanket means we have a warm bed to retire to.

The Marina Sees the first ice of the winter

Temperatures plunged last week, down to  – 6 C, causing a thin layer of ice to form over the marina. Although this is a salt water marina, there is a river flowing past the entrance to the marina and as the tide comes in it brings with it a small amount of fresh water from the river. We are then left with a shallow layer of fresh water lying above the sea water and this freezes at a higher temperature than the lower lying salt water.


A good frost causes ice to cover the wooden pontoons

Wooden pontoons can be very slippery with only a minor frost, however the marina staff apply salt along the pontoons as far as our boat and this deals with it very effectively

The marina staff are very helpful, laying salt down to the steps of our boat

The rise and fall of the tide takes some getting used to, With a very high tide we are almost level with the marina promenade above the marina basin. This changes dramatically when the tide recedes as we are left almost 9 meters below the promenade.

Above.  Low tide, pontoons drop well below the promenade
Below     High tide leaves us level with the promenade