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Unhappy Stopping the cruising/liveaboard life

In a few weeks, we will be going back to a house and use the boat for a weekend/daysailor.

I for one, am going to find my 'new' lifestyle very restrictive.

Any suggestions from those who have done this on on how to cope - (apart from becoming a serious sailnet blogger!)

I dont think you can keep your 'skills' or 'awareness set' when you are not out on the water- reading the weather/ wind / knowing what the boat is about to do etc. Also people seem to change a lot when they are back on land.

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Why are you making the change? I'm curious because I want to live aboard soon.

Start a little wordpress blog. You could write about anything from living aboard to little how to projects. Take all those skills you've acquired and put em out there on the interwebs so that people like me can learn from them

My complete refit is taking completely too long!
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St Anna - Although you may be going back to a more traditional lifestyle, YOU are still the person you were when you lived on the boat, and that may help. The liveaboards we know who've swallowed the hook - for whatever reason, ranging from health, to finances, to just ready for new adventures - still seem different from those who've never gone. They retain their focus on accumulating experiences and friends rather than possessions, and the same self-confidence and love of outdoors and creativity that they had when aboard. I guess I'm trying to encourage you to not worry too much that moving back ashore will diminish you, and hope you can find new challenges on land. Best wishes, e.
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We did it too. We became very involved with the house and other outdoor activities. I will tell you that it did not take long before we were looking at buying another boat and doing it all over again!!

I have always thought that taking breaks were good. Different experiences and different challenges. That is what life is about. Maybe you find that you hate life on the hard, maybe not. But either way, you got to experience a great lifestyle and adventure.. and that my friend is what it is all about.

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Keep us posted, Anna, but I suspect this transition will be easier than the first one the other way. At least you know what's in store.

... and there are plenty of weekends......

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In a few weeks, we will be going back to a house and use the boat for a weekend/daysailor.

I for one, am going to find my 'new' lifestyle very restrictive.

Any suggestions from those who have done this on on how to cope - (apart from becoming a serious sailnet blogger!)

I dont think you can keep your 'skills' or 'awareness set' when you are not out on the water- reading the weather/ wind / knowing what the boat is about to do etc. Also people seem to change a lot when they are back on land.

Any views will be appreciated

cheers
hmmmmm....cannot say I'm envious mate, but sometimes you just know that it has to be done. Nonetheless sorry to hear this news. I'm guessing work related ? Usually is. Sad reality is that living on board a boat set up for cruising and holding down a day job are not all that compatible. Turning her into a floating condo and plonking her on a marina makes life easier but but but !!

I confess that I survive on land by being only 15 minutes from home to on board and being able to see water from home. Not that we are waterfrontage but up high enough to get a bit of a view.

Good luck with it anywho.

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Hang in there St. Sucks that you have to join us tossers again. But we'll make sure you enjoy it as much as possible.


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The hardest thing I find after cruising - is driving a car! I don't trust anyone on the road!

Are they going to cut me off, pull a road rage thing?

On the water, the odds of encountering another vessel are so different because of space - it's so vast out there. I don't like driving the freeway now - too fast and crowded - I'll drive further to not go faster.
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Yeah thanks for all the replies. I guess it is the adjustment. I am used to moving at 5kn.

We are in the marina now and the berth is so poky - it was stressfull getting in - life as we know it has changed.

All those people who want to liveaboard - go for it

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I'm not sure what to say, other than well yeah that kinda sucks.

I knew you were talking about it.....

Maybe it will be a season like this though that make you appreciate the good times 'out there', that crystalize the memories and reminds you why you probably went and did it all in the first place.......and hey mate you DID do it....it could of been worse, you could of not ever left in the first place....you could be amongst those still taking about doing it one day, someday....

Ok enough philosophy, the other clearly obvious Queenslander solution to this season of adjustment is


......lots and lots of that crap you all favour up there......

When your done with that, you can come on here and help Smack learn something about sails and waves and stuff.....and help inspire those of us who are sat here wondering whether we could do it to get off our cosy comfortable backsides and DO it.....

'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing' - Helen Keller



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