The smaller the cabin
, the more severe the cabin
fever. The best remedy, of course, is called "summer." However, a few things you can do to get through the winter doldrums:
1. Sail the boat. A daysail not only works wonders to remind you why you've chosen your lifestyle, but it forces you to pack things away, which means, ultimately a less cluttered cabin. Even if sailing is not a possibility at the moment, get the boat ready to sail. Accumulations of clutter make a small cabin smaller.
2. Fix something. Part of the weird psychology of liveaboards is that we're never fully happy if the boat is unhappy. Conversely, making the boat happier tends to provide a huge psychological lift
for liveaboards. You need these lifts during the cold/rainy seasons far more than during great weather
3. Get away once in a while. When we lived on a smaller boat we used to do a lot of house-sitting for friends. It could make a big difference to have a fireplace and a hot tub for a week or two, after which we would be more than eager to return to life afloat.