You won’t have air conditioning when you leave the Marina?!?! How are you going to survive!?!?!?!
Air Conditioning. Yes, that is one of the most asked questions about this life. At least from our friends here in sweaty-as-all-get-out Savannah, GA. As soon as people realize we won’t have A/C when we unplug from the dock and sail away, they get a look in their eyes. Kind of an “I think you are crazy, but don’t want to hurt your feelings” look. They worry about us. Not because we are going out to sea, but because we are quite possibly going to sweat to death while doing it.
It doesn’t help that we are going through a record heat streak here. 60 or 70 some odd days straight in the 90’s, with a LOT of those days 100+. I understand the concern. And to some degree, we have the same worries. But never fear! As always, we have a plan.
While Mark was working, I was hesitant to mess with our sleeping routine. We like it cold when we sleep. We both tunnel under our blanket. God forbid a toe poke out from under that blanket, because that little piggy would get frost bite…
Did this habit prep us for living on a boat in the Caribbean? Uh, no. Absolutely not.
As soon as Mark wrapped it up at work, I started jacking with the thermostat. Each day I bump up the temperature a degree or two. We run the fans. We sit outside more.
A year or so ago, when it was time to purchase a blanket for the boat, I had to make a choice: a big fluffy blanket that would keep us warm in our arctic tundra of a cabin, or a light weight version that would have us shivering ourselves to sleep each night.
After a little thought, I compromised. And I think it has worked out nicely. I ended up picking up a duvet cover. I cut it to fit our boat bed (a queen with some custom “modifications”). I then took our existing comforter (a very basic poly filled blanket) and cut it to fit as well. I added some snaps to the corners, opposite the duvet opening. The only thing I’ve never liked about duvets is the tendency for the inside blanket to migrate. So now it stays snapped firmly in place until it’s time to remove it – for wash, or rising temps.
Now that we are sleeping comfortably, just south of 80 degrees, I’ve obviously taken the interior blanket out of the duvet. So we are basically sleeping with a sheet covered in the duvet – which is just a heavy sheet…
The heat wave has finally broken around here, and the evening temps are finally lowering. I’ve even dug out an additional blanket, as I’m getting chilly. Apparently we are acclimating just fine.
So what ARE we going to do when we leave and don’t have air conditioning?
As long as it’s not raining, we can open all of the hatches (and install all the screens over those hatches -to keep out the bugs). And we have fans in each room. Fortunately, Luna Sea came with a couple (maybe 3?) windscoops. Neptune has graciously accepted one of them as an offering, but we still have at least one – and it is AMAZING. Is it still going to be warm sometimes? Yes. Especially on hot, rainy days. But we’re counting on those Caribbean winds to keep us cool for the most part!
We will also likely spend the hottest part of the days in the water. That’s a pretty quick way to drop your core temp significantly. And there will be so much to see when we get to clear waters!
I’ve been swimming here daily, but after the SECOND jellyfish sting in a week, I’m taking a break. I’ll pick back up when we get into clear enough water for me to see my attackers.
One thing we are not doing? Getting used to the humidity… :/ We ARE still using the A/C – so it is drying out the air. But we’re getting there. It’s a fun little balance between getting ready for our destination and enjoying the perks we still have.
Do you have any tips for staying cool in the islands? Do you have any questions you want answered about transitioning to boat life? Feel free to leave a comment! I love knowing you were here and reading the blog 🙂