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The Brightening, or Spring is Coming!

When we spring ahead and change to daylight savings time here in Illinois it gives us an extra hour of sunshine in the evening.  Through the winter the sun sets as early as 4:30PM and working normal hours makes it tough to get home before dark.  Now that we are experiencing the longer days it is getting obvious why we live on a boat.  Spending time on the back deck with a cocktail in hand after a stressful day is about the best thing you can ask for.

With the sun warming the still wrapped Cygnet it gets awfully warm inside and our mornings are spent figuring out a heating solution for the day.  With five electric space heaters going we keep the boat warm inside when the temps are well below freezing, but when the temperature hits the 50s it's tougher to figure out how much heat is enough.  Sunny days and mild winds mean Cygnet can get well above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2C) inside with two heaters on low, but a breezy day and clouds mean two heaters might not be enough to keep it cozy inside.  People with thermostats have it easy.  Because the wrap is still on for another few weeks we have little options for venting when the temperature does get high, we open the back door and try to let the cooler outside air in but it takes a while.  It's not uncommon for us to sit on the couch and sweat because the sun and heaters have warmed Cygnet up too much during the day.

The ultimate First World Problem:  "My yacht is too warm in the winter!"

If you read our previous post we had power issues and had to deal with them immediately.  We removed the Smart Plugs Kevin installed in the fall and replaced them with new ones sent overnight by Jamestown Distributors and paid for by the manufacturer.  We've been in touch with Smart Plug and they have been excellent with communication and making sure we were taken care of properly and the plugs were replaced.  The new ones are functioning perfectly.  Actually we should say the new one, singular, not plural.  We have two inlets, one for ship power and one just for A/C.  We only hooked up the one for ship power so far since our entry bridge makes access difficult and we don't use the A/C circuit in the winter.  That hole is just taped over right now.  Soon we'll remove the wrap and entry bridge and install the second inlet.

Well there's your problem.
Our winter has been so mild that some of our neighbors have taken their boats out multiple times.
We were fortunate to get a ride on Obsession this St. Patrick's Day and cruised the Chicago River in its full green glory.  This is our second year in a row on the river (last year aboard Castaways) and we highly recommend it!  You'll see Kevin on top of Obsession wearing a giant sweater and his kilt.

Photo Courtesy Svitlana Mefford
So what are we thinking about spring on a boat?  We love it and look forward to removing our winter shell so we can enjoy the exterior of Cygnet again and take her out of the harbor.


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