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[*]Wife: "Why are you buying another screw driver? You lost the other already?"
Me: "Nope, I know exactly where it is. I just can't swim that deep."

[[*]Can someone explain to me how it is possible to lose something in 40 feet... and never find it again??
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"Nope, I know exactly where it is. I just can't swim that deep."

A friend of mine used to hang out at an airport, and asked one of the mechanics at the marine aviation side of things why he had lanyards and stuff on some of his tools. He said he'd worked on flying boats in the Pacific, and if you dropped a wrench overboard, you could SEE it perfectly well, laughing at you, a hundred and fifty feet down at the bottom.
i've heard from astronauts that they have the same problem with tools floating away.
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he had lanyards and stuff on some of his tools.
Being in the military, people tie off lanyards to all kinds of stuff, like canteens so they're not lost while out walking in the woods at night.

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The head door swings open. I look up from my magazine at a stranger. He turns and yells to his wife,"hay Maude, ther's people livin down here". True story
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Heheh. That's when you're supposed to open your eyes real wide, lick your lips, and mutter FOOOOOD! FOOOOOODDDD! as you sneak up on 'em.
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  • Son: Dad, they have a machine that washes your dishes for you?
    Me: Nope. Like a clothes washer, it is a figment of your imagination.
OK, so here's a really naive question. Is there a size of boat at which an apartment-size washer/dryer (the little units with washer on bottom and dryer on top) becomes viable? Or do they generate too much heat, or too much grey water? Obviously I'm referring to a boat that is in a marina slip with shore power.

I've always had a dream of living on a boat, but realize that it will probably never happen. (Still I can dream.) For my wife, the thought of having to walk to use shoreside facilities makes it a non-starter, and using coin-operated laundry facilities would not be to her liking. Short showers on the boat would work for her (as we learned while chartering), but the laundry thing has no viable option unless there was something we could install on a large enough boat.
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Re: Musings of a Live Aboard

Well on shore a washer is not out if the boats above 40 feet. A washer and dryer? Well thats just fancy pants there. Need to tell the mrs. Those clothes will do just fine with a little bit of line, some wooden clothespin, and plenty of healthy sunshine pushed by a cool breeze.

So far as leaving the dock is concerned, well, the electric and water consumption become way too much on any boat that does not have water treatment and huge holding tanks (i.e. freighter, cruiseship, military,bill gates yacht, ect. Unless your cruising in a sailboat like the maltese falcon, youll have to suffer with salt water cleaning and fresh water rinsing once away from the dock long term. Wooden clothes pin work just fine though.
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Them: But where do you put all your stuff?
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My all time favorite

Aren't you afraid the boat will tip over?

Only if the keel falls off.

Whats a keel?
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Re: Musings of a Live Aboard

This may be a naive question, but don't most marinas with liveaboards have washing machines on-site? Mine does. Actually, the laundry is so much more conviently located than the one in my neighborhood that I've consider driving my laundry out to the marina and washing my clothes there.

Actually, lots of New Yorkers can probably relate to some of these issues. Until the birth of his third child, my brother lived in a studio apartment that had only marginally more living space than a 30 foot boat. (My 1000 sq ft apartment in DC is the envy of all my old New York City friends, who can't imagine having so much space, while our DC friends can't understand how we manage with so few closets and no yard.) I've definitely lived in apartments only marginally larger an my 28 foot boat, with no waterfront views to enjoy
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