Liveaboard: state of mind
I wonder if anyone has considered the ramifications of living aboard during a terrorist attack.
Being a liveaboard seems to make me better prepared. I have at least 2 weeks of water available at all times, lots of food, the capacity to generate power, several means of communication and above all, in the worst case scenario, I can move my entire life in a hour''s notice. Being a sailor, I can even move during a fuel outage.
While that certainly is not my reason for living aboard, it seems to be a benefit.
I think one of the best parts is eschewing the materialistic lifestyle. No matter how much I want it, I''ll never buy a big-screen TV. Or new sofa. Or lots of clothes. Eventually, that becomes self-reliance, because you learn to make do with what you have. It changes your mindset.
Another great part is being a part of your world. I know the state of the tide, the moon phases and the temperature. There is an ebb and flow to life that seems more apparent living aboard. I see ducks, geese birds and deer that homeowners rarely see. I know when there are strong winds at night (and I love it). The seasons don''t touch me, they grab me and yell, "look! The snow is melting!" The air is a little warmer than it was yeterday. The water is a little clearer.
That said, if you''re gonna do it, do it right. Don''t add to the reasons marinas discriminate against liveaboards. Live on a nice boat. One that CAN leave if you want. Respect the environment and your neighbors. Don''t be viewed as "floating trailer trash". If they don''t allow liveaboards, don''t liveaboard.