Why move on to a 28′ sailboat?

The short answer: I’m weak and living on a boat fixes most of what I’m weak about.

I really dislike average… especially the average American “lifestyle”. The boat fixes most of this.

  • Materialism: we lead these lives seemingly just to fill our increasingly larger homes with stuff none of us really need. That’s be fine if it didn’t have a huge impact on the world. My downfall? Kitchen crap and Amazon books.
  • Sloth: given a nice couch, a good movie on cable, or just a nice, comfortable computer setup and I’ll almost never leave the house. Having lived 5+ years on a 27′ boat in Boston I can gaurantee that a space that small encourages you to get out and do something (which generally involves being social, exercising or learning).
  • The Environment: if everyone lived on a small boat the world wouldn’t have all these environmental problems. It’s really difficult not to be environmental living on a boat with no refrigeration, no appliances, a shower that makes one of those solar camping showers look like a 5 diamond upgrade, and no room for crap. Just the bare necessities. There’s something very nice about that. I plan on adding a few solar panels to supplement my sure-to-be meager electricity needs (although MacBook Pros are power hogs).
  • The People: the live-aboard scene is excellent. Dilbert and his duller than death cohorts in real life simply don’t live on a boats. At least in Boston, without exception, everyone who lived on their boats was really interesting. They all seem to like a good party now and then as well. It’s an awesome community.
  • The Ocean: nothing beats living ON the water. Rocked to sleep, amazing sunsets, beautiful rain, 1 second from your kayak, ability to just go out when the wind is perfect, salt air…
  • Money: living at Shilshole will cost me $500/mo. The boats paid off.
  • Freedom: if you can figure out how to live on a 28′ boat you can live anywhere. Loose you’re job? Just go on anchor and have virtually no costs. When you go on sailing vacations nothing changes – it’s just like being at home with a different back drop.

This isn’t to say I’m not fairly nervous about moving aboard. A lot has changed for me since I was 20 and living aboard in Boston. But, I’m optimistically excited that once I finish the dreaded task of getting rid of 10 years of shit it’ll be better.

Living aboard starts June 1st.

1 Comment

mattMay 15th, 2008 at 11:11 am

It sounds pretty good to me. If I were single and liked boating I’d probably do the same. Though for us non-boaters, a rented room or cheap studio provides many of the same minimal living opportunities (materialism, sloth, money, freedom). Being a land-dweller, that’s the route I’d take.