Jill/Tim: Yup. Full Time. We're under the shrinkwrap.
Guy: Are you crazy?
Life under the "bubble", as we lovingly refer to our shrink wrapped boat, is going well, we're 2+ months in. When we first started researching life aboard in New England in winter we read a lot about shrinkwrapping. The white vs. the clear, the pros and cons, the cost. It seemed most liveaboards use the clear shrinkwrap because it allows for more light, sun (i.e. warmth) and you don't feel quite so claustrophobic. The funny thing is it's not totally clear so you can't really see out. You can tell when it's gray or sunny but you can't see a boat going by or when your boat neighbor calls to you, you can't tell who it is. It's a rather an amusing and bizarre experience - life in a foggy bubble world.
The marina we're at typically only installs white shrinkwrap but this year all of us who were spending the winter there requested clear. The marina guy said he "doesn't guarantee clear" but he'd do it to make his customers happy. So clear it was. Right after Thanksgiving the guy came to build the wooden frame.
|Inside our front door.|
Then came the team with the shrinkwrap...
|The roll of shrinkwrap wrapping up Zephyr.|
|Once they wrap her they use a propane heater blow torch to warm up the plastic so it'll shrink around the boat|
|Balancing on the seat of a little boat to work on her port side- risky business!|
For Christmas we even had a wreath on our front door.
|Christmas Card 2012 featuring our bubble door|
|Another Christmas Card Outtake, not a bad backyard!|
|Not a bad vantage point for reading a book on a sunny day|
|We shouldn't see the sky through the bubble, that's a blow out|
|The Bubble blow out around the where the boom meets the mast|
|Tim's temporary fix - DUCT TAPE! How's the saying go - "if you can't duct it -- "|
|Our Marina Swans who visit daily love swimming amongst the "bubble people"|
|Life inside a bubble can make anyone long for the outside world :)|