A third winter living aboard (in Portland, Maine)

Our third winter living aboard at DiMillos Marina in Portland, Maine - With Brio

There’s 12″ of new snow on the ground and forecast gusts of 45+ knots. The docks have snowdrifts and the ducks are doing a funny little dance on the ice floes floating around the marina.

Ice in the marina - DiMillos, Portland, Maine - Living aboard in winter

Outside, the marina staff are busy shoveling and snow-blowing the docks (quite the sight, actually), and we’re thankful that our marina faired well at high tide and we didn’t have any issues with flooding (the neighboring wharf had a ramp underwater, so tenants couldn’t get to their boats!).

Ice in the marina - DiMillos, Portland, Maine - Living aboard in winter

The marina showers are toasty warm and there’s a flurry of friendly faces waving and laughing as the snow continues to blow.

Ice in the marina - DiMillos, Portland, Maine - Living aboard in winter

And inside? Aboard Brio, we’re cozy by the Dickinson, reading books, watching shows, listening to the gusts whistling over the shrinkwrap and enjoying the slower pace that blizzards bring.

Pregnant liveaboard on a sailboat in Maine winter

95% boredom interrupted by 5% sheer terror — a perfect description for sailing in general, but equally applicable to winter in Maine πŸ™‚

Christmas lights in the cockpit aboard Brio

While I’m hoping this ‘bomb cyclone’ (the official weather term!) blows over quickly, so we can get back to our quieter nights, I also don’t mind the occasional blizzard to remind us that living aboard through Maine winters is still a legit adventure πŸ™‚

Ice in the marina

Although our latest dream card (made entirely of borrowed images) features noticeably less snow and ice… πŸ˜‰

– LMK πŸ™‚

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A third winter living aboard (in Portland, Maine) — 1 Comment

  1. Hi Leah! My name is Megan Doyle, and I am a reporter at the Portland Press Herald. I’d love to talk to you about living aboard in Portland in the winter! Would you please call me at 317-6369? Thank you!

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