Some days I think I’m a crazy person and have made a horrible decision. What kind of person decides to live on a boat?? Then there are days that I absolutely love it and can not imagine going back to living on the land. I have moments of panic thinking “people don’t live on express cruisers”, and that I should have stuck it out for a sailboat. However, it wasn’t in the cards at that time. I had to live somewhere. And as a person with no day to day sailboat experience, it’s a better decision to buy a newer cruiser and ease into the nautical life. For me at least.
I’m not a “full time” live aboard as I do spend time at my boyfriends house. He comes to the boat a couple nights, I’ll be here by myself a couple nights, and then I go there a couple nights. I call my boat home and prefer to spend my time here.
There has been a bit of adjusting. It only took a few days to figure out how to ninja and matrix myself around so I don’t trip and fall or just crack my head off something. Deciding which berth to use as my main bed took a couple weeks. I’m still sorting out how to fit everything in here and not have a mess. I’m still learning to be comfortable in such a small living space. My boat is 30ft at the waterline with an 11ft beam, so 330 square feet (right?). I have a full canvas enclosure for the cockpit/back area, which is fantastic. I can use that section as my living room as soon as the weather gets just a few degrees warmer.
I have everything a land dweller has; computer, internet, tv (no cable, haven’t had that in over a decade), stove, microwave, sink, fridge, queen sized bed, couch, table, sewing machine (yup), bathroom, shower (needs to be repaired) and so on. I actually have a bit more since I am allowed to use the hotel amenities…score!! Vending machines, gift shop, tennis courts…oh, and the pool.
I do feel very overwhelmed at times. I didn’t grow up around boats…or sailing, or even near a nice body of water. I had to drive an hour to get to the jersey shore, and that was just a day trip or weekend adventure. My lack of knowledge of boating makes me feel like I’m damaging the boat. Having just spent almost $5k to rebuild an engine I hope not… I’ve bought a few books about electrical systems, and how my engines work. A lot of that seems like a foreign language, or I just get frustrated and don’t retain anything. But I’m trying. I’m learning, even if it’s a little at a time. For example, I now know that a stern drive boat doesn’t have a rudder. I also know how sacrificial anodes work. Which reminds me…ahhh, always something to do!!
The short story is that I live on a boat which I own (as soon as the bank says so) and I’m not dumping money into a rental. I’m learning a little every day. I’m spending quite a good bit of money, which I hope will benefit the functionality of the boat. I can move a hell of a lot easier than anyone else I know. I’m in San Diego, on the water, across from the beach (and an ice cream shop). And I am looking forward to all of the adventures ahead!
Here are some recent photos:
Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you at sea!