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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.
potable water systems cleaned and repaired.
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.
That sort of thing.
There's more to tell, but I feel that this post has gone on long enough.
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1973 Pearson 30 #255