Boat Life

Living on a sailboat is full of many rewards, challenges, and can be more work than you ever thought possible. Boat life is definitely not for everyone, but for now, its for us! Below is an outline of our life on the hook.

Everyday is always an adventure:
When you live on a sailboat you have the best waterfront location there is to offer!

  • Your views of the city are usually front and center
  • Sunsets and sunrises are always spectacular to watch from your "outdoor entertainment area" aka the cockpit
  • You can sail / go where ever you choose to!! 
  • There is amazing wildlife to observe from the birds, fish, and even dolphins and manatees
  • You can be as close (or not) to your neighbors as you want to be. 
Its going to take a few adjustments:
  • Space: everything brought on board has been carefully thought through as to "do we really need it", "will it fit" or "where will it go?"  Its still in the learning process for us....We (or I) tend to pack too much especially when I drive home for the holidays I 'accidentally' bring too much back with me.
  • "Closeness:" this is different than *space* Living with someone is such tight quarters, especially one you work with, are dating, a  share time off with takes a little to get used to. Sometimes 41' feet of boat is just not quite enough and sometimes its just right.  
  • Conservation: On board we are always trying to conserve electricity (from charging gadgets, watching TV, running the fridge, etc) and our fresh water supply. Although we have 150+ gallons of fresh water on board we are still mindful by washing dishes in salt water, giving a fresh water rinse, and quick showers - sometimes even "Joy" baths where we suds up then jump overboard coming up for a fresh water hose rinse on deck.  
  • Communications:  As one who's grown up in the ever progressing internet and smartphone era with high speeds at home, its often hard having to deal with slower connections (or sometimes none at all) during our charters).  
  • Weather: While on board, you become constantly aware of the weather. It will determine whether your dinghy ride is comfortable or dry, or whether you will sleep peacefully or be waken every few hours as the wind shifts changing the motion of the waves breaking around the hull.
  • Laundry: Its enough to have to bundle your laundry up at home and walk it down to the laundry room, but add hauling it out of the boat, down to the dinghy, up to the dock, then the walk to the car.... its an adjustment you will soon get used to and hope it doesn't rain on your return dinghy trip back to the boat. 
  • Groceries / Cooking onboard: just like laundry, the groceries follow a similar path on how they come on board while living on the hook. They also don't last as long on board as they would at home in your fridge as ice boxes and sunny weather can play an important role. Cooking also takes a little to adjust to, but once you do it can become a lot of fun! We only have two burners and a broiler but a lot can be made with them - we've even had Thanksgiving Dinner on board before! 
It can be gross:
  • Showers: When it is just Derrek and I on board between trips, sometimes in the process of conserving water, we can become a little more 'grimy' then normal - especially in the colder months where joy baths can be 'freezing'. A way we have overcame this is by joining a gym where we take nice, long, unlimited hot water showers.
  • Smells: Each boat has its own 'boat smell' - its normal! Due to the fact that we have holding tanks, carrying all of our waste around with us until we can either go 3+ miles offshore, or have it pumped out at a local marina.
  • Weather: Although Florida has amazing weather, most of the time, it does occasionally get very windy, wet and cold. When you live on a boat and stuff gets wet, it can take FOREVER to dry out.

Considerations while living on the hook:
  • Have a sturdy dinghy to transport you to and from shore along with groceries, supplies, laundry, friends, etc.
  • Have a way to store water (and heat it). Living on board Morning Dance we have a 150 gallon water tank with a 30 gal reserve and a hot water heater (used for showers) that we can run with a generator or heat with our running engine. With just Derrek and I we can live comfortably on this for a little over a month.
  • Have a way to generate power (electricity). On board we have solar panels and a little Honda generator to help keep our battery banks full so we can fully function (with TV and all) while at sea.

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