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Liveaboards: What do you miss?.

For all you liveaboard folks what do you miss about land life if you miss it and what do you hate or dislike about living aboard?


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For all you liveaboard folks what do you miss about land life if you miss it and what do you hate or dislike about living aboard?

Honestly ...... Nothing and .... Nothing.

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Re: For all you LIVEABOARD folks....

Food, especially prepared meals, delivery. There are just some nights when it would be great to get some Thai, Chinese or a pizza delivered.
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Re: For all you LIVEABOARD folks....

I miss the space. My house was 1200 ft3, which is small compared to most homes ... but it's a huge amount of space compared to my Tartan 37. It's especially relevant right now since most of my time is taken up doing boat projects, and the tools and parts spread all over the boat means there's almost no room for me.
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Food, especially prepared meals, delivery. There are just some nights when it would be great to get some Thai, Chinese or a pizza delivered.
Pizza Pi boat, anchored in Christmas Cove on Little St James Island, USVI. Delivery is free, in the anchorage, if you order three pies! Although, taking one's own dinghy over to see the operation is a must. Freaking expensive, tho.


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Re: For all you LIVEABOARD folks....

I don't liveaboard full time, but we spend in the order of 120 nights aboard per year. More in better years.

We bought our current boat to be a second home and she's outfit as such. I have an ice maker aboard, but not at home! Our memory foam mattress aboard is hands down more comfortable (and bigger) than the one at home. We have a line of family and friends at the door to come visit on the boat. Not so much at home.

Probably the only thing I find better at home is garbage disposal, especially while cruising.

I will say, I've occasionally gone to work from the boat, which is a major buzz kill. I'd rather dress for work at home.


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Re: For all you LIVEABOARD folks....

No longer living aboard... but did for 4 years in Caribe, NE, and Canaries.... back in the mid 90s.

When you live aboard your immediate world shrinks to the confines of your boat. Not bad but usually much smaller than your home on dirt. You learn that you need less / fewer things... clothes and so on. It also means that to get anywhere you use your boat and where you can go is limited to harbors and place along the shore... unless you take some sort of public transport which is fairly limited when you are off the beaten path. You have less access to all things retail... from hardware to food and clothing. You entertainment... such as culture is also limited... concerts, museums, movies, performances... variety in restaurants, cafes and so forth. Of course your access to the "country side" is limited as well.

Life aboard is more "essential" basic and for the most part less cushy.

I won't go into the upside of living aboard... but the above are the sort of things I missed when I left the NYC metro area to live aboard and cruise.
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Re: For all you LIVEABOARD folks....

Like Minnewaska I live on board for about five or six months. Only negative thing is toward the end of the season when the sun starts setting early and evening starts to get cold. When I start to need a wear a wool Watch Cap I start thinking about lighting the fire place at home. Though taking a break over the winter gets the sailing desire going come the spring so it's all good.
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Re: For all you LIVEABOARD folks....

The only things I really miss are having a decent size cooking space and laundry at home. Some aspects of life just take a little longer, but you can minimize a lot of that with careful planning so you don't walk back and forth between the boat and shore more than necessary. If I had a different setup, not showering at home would probably get old after a while too. I never shower on board for environmental reasons, but I usually shower in the gym on the way to work or at work because it allows me to clean up after biking to work or gets me off the freeway before traffic gets too bad if I am driving. I also have storage space for clothes and food at work which reduces storage needs on the boat. How much time you spend at home will probably make a difference to how you feel about living aboard as will whether you have access to other living spaces during the day. I am at work for 12 hours most days and go out of town climbing on most weekends if I am not sailing, so I don't spend a huge amount of time at home. There is one other thing that I do miss ... paying exorbitant rent!
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Re: For all you LIVEABOARD folks....

We live aboard for 6 months in Carribbean, pass through USA visiting kids, then to Newfoundland for the summer.

I can’t say there is much if anything if land life I miss living on the boat. We spend a few nights at our hunting cabin, and I miss the times knocking about the woods. But the cabin is more “rustic” than the boat, so I’m not missing amenities. I can miss access to supplies, but St Martin is pretty good for that.

If anything I sometimes miss a decent internet connection because I need to communicate and stay in touch. And a decent steak, about twice a year. That’s about it. But I have those same issues in Newfoundland.
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