So far, life aboard has been very agreeable.
I'm still meeting cool new people, and I'm not really missing the 65" TV and other material possessions. I just go to work, come home, tidy up the boat and go for walks or whatever. It's very peaceful.
This weekend, I raced in the CRAB charity regatta. CRAB: Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating
I crewed for an internet buddy that I hadn't met in person until now. He's a great guy. He fed and boozed us lavishly during the race, and at the after-party. Plus, he's just a great guy to be around. Lots of fun, and his crew is good people. Plus, after a full week of dead air, we had BREEEEEEZE!!!!!
I finally met Matt Rutherford: Matt Rutherford
In case you've been living under a rock, Matt is like a modern-day Magellan. Talking with him was awesome. Did I mention that the after-party was awesome? Good music, plenty of booze and food. EYC puts on a hell of a party.
Sunday, I slept in, cleaned the boat, emptied the holding tank and then cleaned myself up. I'd been watching the radar for a clearing of the storm cells, and finally set off. Dumb idea: Cells popped up all over the place, and I ended up sailing home in a blustery downpour. I did get to sail my own boat though!
I'm getting creative with one-man cooking. You gotta read the recipes on backs of the food packages. Plenty of simple ideas there. Tonight is Voodoo Pasta. I'll have leftovers for work lunches.
Some of the things that I think make life aboard successful (so far), and not a pain-mission:
Any kind of toilet in case you don't want to trek to the bath house in a driving rain.
Keep posessions to a minimum. Don't "swim" in your stuff. Keep the cabin clear of clutter to avoid that "hemmed in" feeling.
Don't just sit on the boat like a prisoner. Go for walks, meet people.
Help others with boat work. You can learn and/or teach something.
Eat well. It's good for morale.
It's kind of an amalgam of the right frame of mind, plus modern technology. I imagine that this might have been more difficult 20 years ago.