Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Living Large

Our first winter aboard a boat, we sort of roughed it. We had a wood stove and while it was nice in a lot of ways (nothing beats the smell of a wood fire), it was hard to keep warm. It went out often (we had to refill every 30 minutes or so) and it kept us cold at night (we weren't willing to get up every 1/2 hour to refill it!)

Every winter we get the boat to be a bit cozier. You may recall that last year, we purchased a rug heater from Speedheat Floor Heating and it was a fantastic thing.

This year we decided to take it a step further by buying cheap carpet and laying it out in the entire boat. Let me tell you - Madrigal is COZY. We've been walking around in our socks all day and we're in bliss. Willie has been laying on the floor like a normal dog (he wouldn't even sit on the floor before). Honestly, it's amazing. It makes Madrigal feel so much more like a home (it's unnecessary in the summer, but since we can't move the boat around in the winter, it's made all the difference in the world.)

Anyway, we love it, and wanted to share.


  1. It's about time! :) First thing I did with Skylark was put a rug in. It really makes all the difference in the world. Now all you need is a good little space heater for the winter nights and you are all set. I love staying on the boat when its 70 degrees inside and 30 degrees out. Very cozy indeed. Enjoy.

  2. We are taking our boat to Alaska (in January) so the first thing my hubby did was install a Webasto hydronic heating system. The boat is steel and insulated, so the heater works great, but it is noisier than we expected.

    Your boat will be great for the new crew member.