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Old 10-03-2010, 12:24   #16
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cabin fever

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.
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Old 10-03-2010, 13:39   #17
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I agree with Bash. It's easy to hibernate on the boat in cold weather, but the more you can find to do off the boat, the less the size of the boat seems to be a restriction.

Currently on a Hunter 30.
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Old 14-04-2010, 14:20   #18
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I HAVE A TANZER 29 / I AM CRUSING SW FL/CURENTLY HEADED FOR EAST COAST ON
OWW HOPE BE IN STUART FL IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. I AM FROM FL ;CAN'T REMEMBER
HAVING THIS COLD OF WEATHER. EVEN THE WATER TEMP IS 10DEGREES BELOW WHAT IT SHOULD BE.
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Cold!!!!

Ricky Kaye, the temperature in North Carolina is beginning to approach normal after a long and cold winter. Should take some time before the water temp reaches normal which is not such a bad thing since it means that Hurricanes with be slowed or diverted in their path. Not sure if that is good for Florida or not though. Weather Servide is predicting a more active season for thw East Coast this year. Good sailing. Wish I was out there with you.
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