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I've learned the truth of Capt Force's frequent comment on this forum - own nothing on land - we're cruising now but still have a car & storage shed back in Annapolis - sometimes I wonder just how useful it is to own things that are hundreds of miles away?

Also along those same lines the great comment my friend Linda made: what you bring aboard is (first) safety; (second) tools; (third) everything else.

When things go wrong, those are the most memorable experiences. (Ouch!)

Boat friends are awesome!

If you spend a day indoors, you may never remember it. If you spend a day on the water, you may never forget it.

Whatever makes you feel like you're camping out - address that or you'll never last as a liveaboard. Your boat is your HOME, not a temporary state. For us that means good communications, hot water, bright lighting in the evening - doesn't matter what it is, find your triggers and make sure you've resolved the things that'll make you crazy.

PS - the best way to make ghee is on a super-low flame. If your stove can't get below a simmer it will never settle properly.
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eryka,

You have to remember Capt. Force did not start out on land. You are making a transition. Although it is a long one, but it is still a transition . I believe Capt. Force out smarted us all, by just cutting to the chase from the begining. ......i2f
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i2f - thanx for that, wise insight. however, i've never been known for patience: i want it all, and i want it all RIGHT NOW!!!
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You will learn patience while cruising. People either learn it, get off the boat, or they are miserable... ........i2f
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You will learn patience while cruising. People either learn it, get off the boat, or they are miserable... ........i2f
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Whatever makes you feel like you're camping out - address that or you'll never last as a liveaboard. Your boat is your HOME, not a temporary state. For us that means good communications, hot water, bright lighting in the evening - doesn't matter what it is, find your triggers and make sure you've resolved the things that'll make you crazy.

PS - the best way to make ghee is on a super-low flame. If your stove can't get below a simmer it will never settle properly.
Great observations, even in 4+ months of shifting to partial liveaboard our priorities have shifted. Some things we thought we didn't need we now know we must have, if the boat is to work for us, and somethings we wanted we no longer care about. Pay attention to what you like and don't like about the boat.

Little trick with the butter, ghee or drawn, use a double boiler; put a metal bowl inside a saucepan and bring water inside the pan up to the bottom of the bowl plus a bit more. Makes the heat easier to control.
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I tried vacuum sealing some of my vegies to see which ones would last longer the following don't Mushrooms, corgettes, and peppers you either have to keep them dry or freeze them.
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Just had a pod of dolphins around us for the last two hours in the bay where we area anchored. Now I know why we moved aboard!!!!!
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Eryka and Sara,

I think you are really on to something important there, that it is important to constantly question your living situation and see if there is a way to make it better. I agree that a lot of it is about refinement, what can you make better today, it might be as simple as jamming a cloth between two things that have been rattling around, or as big as putting up a bimini, etc. We should probably all do that, just ask every day, how can I make it better ?
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I recently moved aboard in September, and I have found out that you should finish the boat before you move aboard, makes everyone happy and there is always a project to do, and also, nothing is sacred, the designers weren't me and as long as I'm not screwing with the structure, it’s all good and fair game. As eryka so aptly stated, if it feel like you are camping, change it. Especially if its your wife telling you about it. .
Also, food is hard to keep, at $2 a bag, a ice box fridge converter pays for itself in 10 months.
It does no good to buy something and not install it. (I say this while I’ve had a hot water heater In my cockpit for 3 weeks. I hope to rectify that over the next week)
CNG is a pain in the butt to get your hands on
50% think you are crazy, 50% wish they could, and 90% of the fist 50% are women it seems.
Stools are very helpful(especially for her, but I use them too)
Litter boxes are the way a cat gets revenge on a boat
If it’s a small dark space, the cat will find it.
Don’t try to do too much in a day, you just frustrate yourself and end up doing shoddy work.
Nor’easters Suck
I should have bought foul weather gear first
Whatever it takes, warmth is worth it.


On a side note, I have a quick question, what's a good way to level a boat? I tried moving my tools forward, but there it had only a little effect. I found 30lbs of lead in the forepeak anyway. A second anchor I guess? I seem to be aft heavy of late, doesn't do much for the whole sailing aspect of the boat if you know what I mean.

Hope this helps, oh, and its a great way to live, but it is hard and every one else struggles to change and find what works at first too.
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" 30lbs of lead in the forepeak anyway."
You've got 30# of lead AND a cat on the boat, and can't figure out a way to get rid of both problems at once?

Life's too short...
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