Then my wife and I are "dumber than dumb" along with about 20 others living in our marina who do the same.
I would love to have you standing in front of me and my wife and say this to our faces. Luckily I am strong enough to restrain her
. I was specifically talking about shirts. You may want to re-read my post.
Living aboard is a challenge to do things that we thought easy to do on shore. If you find ironing such a challenge you might be better off staying on dry land.
Nah ... not worth fisticuffs over a creased shirt. I didn't say you or your good lady wife were dumber than dumb, I said I considered ironing on board to be dumber than dumb. OK, so maybe that was a tadge strong and I apologise for any offence but having ironed on board a boat I have no desire to ever do it again.
Were I to be living on board and not working I'd not be on a marina. In that case what laundry I needed to do I'd probably do myself at a local laundromat but if I was still working it would be for me at least a whole different ball game. I stand by my original post, what I would save by living on board I will spend at least part of to have my work clothes laundered. Like stuffing mushrooms, life is to short for some things.
As for finding ironing a challenge ... nope .... do it now on a daily basis but I have no intention whatsoever, on a regular basis, of ironing all my clothes on a saloon table or galley bench. Ain't gonna happen. Will carry a 12v iron for the odd emergency but I've found that out on the hook if I need an ironed shirt hanging the thing in the rigging for an hour or so takes pretty good care of the wrinkles.
I agree with you here but not everything gets cheaper when moving aboard. Our boat insurance is much more than homeowners. Our slip rates are less than a nice apartment in this area. Food is equal, medical/dental is equal. We save on transportation because we both work only blocks from the marina so that does not really count. Maintenance on the boat is more than what we paid for our 2,200 sq ft. house. Heating is cheaper once you remove the amount we paid for the heater.
BTW, Ironing our own clothes is part of this savings equation.
Living debt free and within our means is how we make it work. But this is so foreign to so many.
In some respects we may well be in agreement. Yes insurance is more expensive but its one of the few things that in reality really is. I doubt very much indeed that slip fees + boat maintenance + lpg and diesel would get up to total of rent or house maintenance + property taxes + utilities. You have to be in front overall. It beggars belief for it to be otherwise.
Now as to my unsuitability for life on board ? Crikey ! I've considered a lot of the negatives .... big winds, big seas, tsunami, leaks, mould, damp, kraken, cramped living spaces, rowing to shore on a cold wet windy day, where to put the wide screen tv and the patio furniture not to mention sauna and spa but I've never actually considered ironing as a pressing reason to stay on shore. You've certainly put a wrinkle in my plans. The boat goes up for sale tomorrow. My stuff is just not right enough, I realise that now.