Hot Time in the City
04 December 2012 | Boston, MA
I think I have mentioned this before, but one of the loveliest of perks here at Constitution Marina is the heated swimming pool. I wasn't sure why the marina would offer such a luxury in the winter - we are after all paying a rather discount rate compared to the summer. Well, I finally learned why. It seems that the pool is built into the deck of the boathouse/main office, close to water level. So, as the tide rises (and we get pretty big tides here), the pool could actually be pushed up out of the deck and during extreme tides float away (or more likely sink). To keep the pool "down" where it should be, they need to keep it filled with water - umm I guess any cleaning must take place quickly at low tide. And happily for us boaters since it has to be filled with water - it also needs to be heated in the winter so the pipes and machinery don't freeze. So if you are going to heat the pool anyway - why not heat it a lot. So on Friday evenings the heat is turned way, way up. The steam rises and the boaters arrive around 6 p.m. and stay until about 8 or 9 p.m. This past Friday we had about 20 people in the pool (well I think that number since its hard to see clearly as the steam fills the room) enjoying one of the best ways to end a long, cold week. In some ways, it reminds me of the heated municipal pools and the famed Blue Lagoon in Iceland, which I hope we will get to visit on Windrifter someday. PS Yes, the run from the pool to the next door shower room is a bit nippy, but worth it.