Originally Posted by Eeyore0072
I'm definitely not at the stage that the op is. I'm just beginning on my 10 year plan working towards living aboard
but living on the hook is something I am looking forward to. Probably not on a permanent basis, but off and on for periods of time. I really just don't see myself tied to the marina.
One of the great advantages of living aboard is that you stay more on top of things with your boat. On a recent club sail out, a fellow who's been in medical school
finally got a weekend free, and went. Thing after thing after thing went wrong with his boat. He ended up leaving the anchorage 6 hours late. It's because he just hasn't had time for his boat.
But you notice little things. You see the seam *just* starting to pop on the Bimini
, and you can put a stitch in it, where someone who wasn't around his boat much could end up with a big open seam. Just for example.
As a result, it's easier to just take off and sail somewhere if you want to. Even with the kind of winter I've had there was always the promise of sailing, as soon as I was able.
IF you don't let belongings take over your life to the point that they'd get all thrown around if you sailed the boat -- that's the trick, to manage your belonings -- you just have so many more opportunities to sail.