Living aboard a sailboat seems in akin to saying you have a cousin that’s a unicorn.
Not many people have reacted with a ‘why?’ Most react with something like ‘that is amazing!’ or that they’ve always aspired to do so. I get a few ‘I did that when I was young’, which makes me feel young and optimistic. I got one ‘wtf?’ which was my least favorite reaction.
- Learning. I’m doing it to learn more about systems that help me live life, live in a smaller, more intentional space, and do something a bit different.
- Wee spaces! Squee! I’ve been fascinated with tiny homes for a long time. There is storage everywhere and everything has to be useful. <3
- Nature. I hear ducks when I wake up, swimming near my head. There’s two seagulls that yell each afternoon for a while about what’s up in the neighborhood. I can hear sea lions from my house and see otters swimming from the nearby beach.
- Fear. I don’t know much about boats, or sailing. I heard once that you should do something every day that scares you. I’m covered now.
- You can what!? All the wicked awesome things I’ve learned that you can do with a boat:
- Full understanding of your house. You can lift it out of the water and check the foundation, essentially. You can give boats a total overlook, unlike a house. You can inspect the roof/decks and find issues yourself. This. Is. Amazing.
- Customization! You can customize everything on your boat. I can see where it would be a con pretty fast when you want something done. In my head, right now, it’s awesome because I’ve not had to deal with any customized issues yet (although I already know of them).
- Organize. You can totally nerd on a boat with organization, because I think it’s essential to survival. It’s like the mothership is calling me home.
There are cons to living aboard. What I give up in a personal shower space or laundry, I get back in nature sounds and not having to clean said spaces (win!). I have to walk more, which will not be as pleasant in the winter, but I’ll make it work.