Quick science quiz -- what happens to water when it sinks below 32 degrees?
DING DING DING! That's right! It freezes! It gets hard as a rock. It is useful for little (other than keeping a martini cold).
Every slip in the marina has one of these handy towers for power, water, and cable TV.
Here is how things normally work for us -- we have a 130 gallon fresh water tank. We monitor the levels using the gauge on our control panel.
Filling the tank is easy as we have a hose permanently linked up when we are docked. It's lot like filling your car with gas.
|We have a white garden hose that reaches from the dock tower to our water refill under the little starboard side door.|
Now, back to winter. Once freezing temperatures descend upon the area our fresh water will be limited. The water lines to the docks will be winterized until spring. But, wait - I said we could only go 3-4 days with the water in one full tank. Harborview Marina is very liveaboard friendly. The staff will run water out to the boats once a week in order to fill the tanks. We will also have self-serve access on Saturdays. The heat on the boat will keep the water in the fresh water tank from freezing.
Still doesn't sound like quite enough water? Don't fear - we won't stop showering during the winter months. The marina office has male and female locker rooms with two showers in each. There are also two clothes washers and two dryers. So while it will be a bit of a pain to walk up there for showers and laundry, the other fantastic 9 months of the year will make it all worth it (at least that's what I keep telling myself).