I'm becoming a liveaboard
, pretty much as we speak if you will as I am still in transition. I have spent most of the summer getting the stuff I need on the boat and stowed. Without getting into it too deeply I am transitioning from married life to married but living apart life. At least we are amicable and it was a mutual decision. We had a close friend that did that for over 30 years and they both were happy and remained friends.
Right now my boat is "stuck" in Seward, Alaska
for the winter. If I'd have gotten everything done a month or so ago I would have taken the boat south, but we're pretty well out of our weather
window up here, and I don't like being in a hurry.
So, for the winter it is a period of planning, adjusting, and settling in. I bought the boat a little over a year ago with the knowledge that this would be my lifestyle, and have outfitted it very well for extended cruising
For this winter in Seward Alaska
I have to deal with heat and humidity control. The temperatures average in the low 30's as the high and the 20's as the daily low. Fortunately I thought ahead and instaled three wallas diesel
furnaces totaling 27K BTU. These furnaces also provide ventilation as they bring in and mix outside air. I'll have to see how the humidity works out, and possibly get a good sized dehumidifier if necessary.
Next spring the plan is to cast the lines off and spend the decent weather
months really exploring southeast Alaska. I'll take 2 weeks at a time of exploring, then park the boat for 2 weeks while I replenish the wallet at work. I'll probalby spend some time in Juneau visiting with my son, his wife and the grandaughter.
By fall, the idea is to be somewhere warmer and dryer than Alaska. People in Seattle
think it rains allot. For example it rains twice as much in Seward as in Seattle
. I might spend the winter in the PACNW, and I might head
south. Time will tell. I spent a week on the boat in Anacortes last winter and loved it.
This is a new and somewhat scary adventure for me. The cruising is exciting, and is something I've dreamed about for a very long time. I have no problem single
handling my boat, it is rock solid in a docking
situation. The scary part is that it is a time of life transition.