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Old 08-20-2012
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Man of Leisure

I have a good friend who was laid-off from his job. He's tough, resourceful and very creative. He's been living aboard a 23' sailboat for months now.

He has a good sense of humor, calls himself a "Man of Leisure" because he lives aboard his "modest yacht" and sails the Chesapeake, pretty much at will.

I love that in our culture, if you're unemployed, living in your car, you're a "bum", but if you're living out of your sailboat, you're a "man of leisure", and chicks are very into you. He's had plenty of women show an interest in him.

Life choices now require that I live aboard my Pearson 30, and he has given me the hope and inspiration necessary to make it work:

30 amp shore power, plenty of 110v outlets.
air-conditioning.
potable water systems cleaned and repaired.
mini-fridge.
microwave.
Origo 4000 stove.
solar shower for when I'm cruising.
Replaced the original toilet with a Jabsco model.

The boat is not over-burdened with my personal gear, and I can be sailing within the hour. I will NOT allow myself to become a "Condo Commander".

The other liveaboards at the marina have been very kind and welcoming, which has been a big help.

I have discovered that the key to successful liveaboard life on a 30 foot sailboat, is cleanliness. If I keep things tidy, and stowed so that the boat appears "open" and I'm not tripping over things, then my mind is at peace and I enjoy it.

Clean laundry must be stowed,
Dirty laundry in the basket, in the back of the Subaru.
Dinette table up when not in use.
Laptop stowed when not in use.
No extension cords strewn everywhere.
Dishes washed and stowed.
Sole swept and clean.
Shoes stowed.

That sort of thing.
There's more to tell, but I feel that this post has gone on long enough.

Cheers,
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Re: Man of Leisure

Good luck to ya!
I lived aboard our 31 footer for a year while going to work in an office. Living aboard was a lot of fun, working in an office from a boat had its challenges. I too found that being tidy went a long way towards peace of mid. The one thing that I discovered early on was that I was much happier if I kept the boat in a sailing state at all times. I mean that I didn't allow myself to turn it into a floating condo with stuff stowed on deck, the living area scattered, heck even dishes in left in the strainer were a no-go. That way I could get off work and be sailing in a matter of minutes. Keeping the boat ready to go encouraged me to head out into the bay for evening sails and over night anchoring any time the weather looked good.

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Re: Man of Leisure

Sounds like fun Bubble! Keep us posted!
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Re: Man of Leisure

Hoping that congrats are in order, Bubble - we love living aboard in the Chesapeake and hope you will too.
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Re: Man of Leisure

sounds like an adventure for a "man of leisure"! Keeping your boat sailing ready and tidy is a wonderful thing....it will make sailing easy and spontaneous! Have a wonderful time in your new abode!
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Re: Man of Leisure

Bubble we have been hanging in the Annapolis area this summer living aboard our 32' and think if your in a slip and have a car, living aboard here full time would be very enjoyable.
I found a very good boat yard to work at this summer and might come back to this are next summer. there seems to be alot going on here in the summer months and is very easy to get to by water. best of luck
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Re: Man of Leisure

If you're in the Annapolis area, you have to admit that this week has been a great time to live aboard. The temps have dropped from 95 to 80F, and 65F at night. I stowed the A/C unit, and have just been sleeping with hatch screens.

Oh, two words people: Butyl. Tape.

Yesterday, I re-bedded a topside grab rail that was allowing water to leak into the cabin. An evening storm provided the necessary test of my handiwork, and not a drop came through.
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Re: Man of Leisure

And,
You don't have to sleep all that stuff down to the boat when you want to go out for a couple of days
How long do you plan to live aboard?
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Re: Man of Leisure

Hope congrats are in order. I too lived aboard my 30 footer for 13 months on the Potomac and have wonderful memories of the time. I too kept the boat shipshape and ready to go and sailed often. I was working in a business casual office so not too bad with the wardrobe.
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Re: Man of Leisure

Sounds like you have the general hang of it. Stuff is the problem. Most landlubbers can't shake off the urge to continue to acquire Stuff after they move aboard and can't bear to part with the over abundance of Stuff that they already have.

A Divorce took me down to a duffel bag and a motorcycle once. A house fire did the same for Laura. Drastic, I admit; but consider...

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