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Boat dwellers ride out winter in Boston Harbor

The temperature hovered around 20 degrees one recent morning, and ice shards lay like broken windowpanes along the edges of Boston Harbor.

But inside his 36-foot powerboat, Rich Westcott was toasty.

With just a light blanket and a single electric heater, his sleeping berth was warmer than many Boston apartments.
“The boat stays warm no matter what the temperature drops to,” said Westcott, a 65-year-old civil engineer who has lived on his boat about five years.

Throughout this brutal winter, as Bostonians awoke and tromped out to shovel sidewalks and clear cars of snow, a hardy band of outliers such as Westcott has been greeting the days from inside cozy rooms that bob gently with the current.

Click here for the full report by the Boston Globe.