As with anything in life there is good and there is bad. Boat life is no different. We are often asked “how do you like living on the boat”? It’s mostly good. I’d even go so far as to say its very good. But it does have its non-glamorous issues that will make me say a few choice words and then move on.
To name a few…..the wifi drives me nuts. It’s often lagging. Every marina has some sort of issues. Some are better than others, but hey, it’s free. Free is always a good thing. When it works. Another thing is the fridge is very small. To get to anything, usually requires moving something or just about standing on your head to be able to reach it. But that’s the norm for anything in the boat.
Laundry is a pain. It usually involves lots of walking and lots of quarters. Some days I will just load it up and throw it in the car, take it to the local laundromat and run my errands at the same time. It works. Once we head south this winter, I will be washing fewer and farther in between. Unless we are docked. But hopefully we will be wearing far less clothes, such as bathing suits. When it rains for long periods, things get wet and stay wet. The rain isn’t so bad, the lightening, well that’s another thing. We have this huge lightening rod, also known as our mast, sticking 45 feet above our boat. It can be nerve-racking if the storm gets intense.
No privacy! I’ll just say head (that’s bathroom to you landlubbers) and leave it at that. I’m sure you get the idea. Things look messy quickly. Tools are stored all over the boat. To get to some of them, you have to pull out the sofa cushions and look in the storage bins below. If something gets left out of its ‘place’, it will get out of hand pretty fast.
Having said all of this, there is plenty of good things in living on a boat. It takes 10 minutes to clean. Seriously. There’s no room for junk or clutter we don’t need. Shoes don’t fit into this category. Those are neither junk nor clutter. haha. We used to have a rule when owned our home. If we didn’t use it in a years time, it was gone. We have never been pack rats. But if we saw something while we were traveling that we really liked, we’d get it. Now we ask ourselves ‘will it fit on the boat’? Usually the answer is no. Less clutter is a good thing. Ocean front property. And amazing sunsets. Whats not to love about those!
No lawn to mow. No pool to shock. Nope, don’t miss it. An adventure everyday. We love to take our dinghy out. Last night we found a small dead shark. Last week we were having a picnic and was warned by a nearby yet, hidden alligator that we were in his space. we moved!
We can move anytime. And we do. We hope to move again in the near future. Maybe north for a while.
So even though there is some not so glamorous moments it far outweighs punching a time clock and sitting in traffic day after day. It’s a good life. And the answer to Keith’s daily question, ‘are you happy’? yes dear, I’m happy.