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Old 08-07-2011, 20:02   #1
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Is There Anything You Miss ?

Is there anything you miss?
Yep - it's another one of the dirt-dweller's topics! Stop your groaning - you know you like seeing my questions come up

So anyways - is there anything that you liveaboards, or long term cruisers miss about your life on land? I've heard plenty about what makes life on board great. And it stokes my desire to shorten my timeframe dramatically. But I wonder if there's anything you miss about living on land?

As always - thanks for each and every response!
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Old 08-07-2011, 22:34   #2
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

There are two things i missed almost as soon as I moved aboard:

1) My giant, comfy, recliner. I have yet to be on a sailboat < 50 feet with a truly comfortable place to sit. Comfortable chairs or couches are just too big for a small boat. When I first moved aboard this was kind of a big deal to me, but over time my body has adjusted and I do not really think about it that often any longer.
2) Washer and Dryer. It sure is nice having a washer and dryer in your home. I am pretty sure I will never look forward to doing laundry as long as I live aboard.

That is honestly the complete list. A small price to pay for the many ways my life has been enriched by moving aboard.
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Old 09-07-2011, 00:42   #3
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

The admiral tells me one of the things really stopping her from taking off would be no bath, so I remodeled the bathroom with no bath.

issue solved. One less objection to be made!
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:06   #4
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

…Early Summer in my back yard when the young birds hopped about with innocence and I could hit the stalking neighbor’s cat with my sling-shot in a glow of righteousness and feudal impunity!

I miss that simple sense of right and wrong!

Now, when watching a Bravo or Charlie level male elephant seal rape a young pup, I have to accept nature’s rules….. (but I don’t like it!) ..
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:06   #5
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

Place to pile dirty dishes, then throw them in a dishwasher
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:21   #6
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

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The admiral tells me one of the things really stopping her from taking off would be no bath, so I remodeled the bathroom with no bath.

issue solved. One less objection to be made!
Now that's funny!
I'm sure it's not what she had in mind, but a very practical solution
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:03   #7
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thank you

Unfortunately it remains.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:24   #8
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

We're on the boat for 9 months then off for the summer for 3. There's only one thing that we miss when we're on the boat: all the hot water we could ever ask for.

There are a lot of things we miss about the boat when we're on land...
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:03   #9
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

in mexico---i miss fancy feast for my pinche gato feo,and advantage multi. actually , i dont miss them, but i see he does--he wont eat any other cat food and is losing weight eating only his bites of hard foods---poooor kittty...LOL.... was overweight to start with, now is just right. he just doesnt like whiskas... pooooor bubba.....roflmao.
i do NOT miss high pricing, i do NOT miss being hassled for owning a boat on a small income, i do NOT miss the attitude in sd-- I LOVE IT ......
and i particularly do NOT miss my car...LOL
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:12   #10
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

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Old 09-07-2011, 07:16   #11
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

Well, let's see ... I don't miss shoveling snow, or raking leaves, or mowing the lawn ...

I was at a party last night, and wanted a drink of water, so I rinsed my wineglass and swallowed the rinsewater not to waste a drop. A fellow liveaboard friend was standing nearby and started laughing "hey, you're on land now, you don't have to conserve so rigidly." After almost 10 years aboard, I don't really notice having limited water & hot water. Not having a washer/dryer is an inconvenience, not a tragedy. I miss having a large open floor area to sprawl out on or lay out large projects; you learn to compensate by doing those things in common areas like the marina lounge. I miss not having my car when we're in an interesting port that's too big to explore on foot. Of course, that's what rentals are for.

Guess I agree with others - there are a few land-based conveniences I miss, but there are ways to compensate. If I moved back to land, I'd miss the liveaboard life far, far more.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:05   #12
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

Hmmm...

Well, I miss noisy neighbors that I can't get away from. I miss traffic noise, sirens in the night, being crowded between fences. I miss folks telling me what color I could paint my house or that I couldn't put up a ham antenna. I miss paying property taxes. I miss having to sit out nasty winter weather because I couldn't move away from it. I miss worrying about floods. I miss being sneered at for driving an old car, and then having to work on it now and then.

Maybe I'll move back ashore...

Maybe not!

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Old 09-07-2011, 12:20   #13
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

I miss:

My workshop. I tried, but just could not fit the table saw on the boat and the bandsaw and the jointer, etc.

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Old 09-07-2011, 15:29   #14
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

Jim Cate posted what I was thinking.

Anchored at a beautiful anchorage, nice breeze blowing, smell of flowers wafting across the anchorage, boat gently rocking at night, kind of makes land life very drab and all you want to do is visit and run like hell back to the boat. GLAD when my refit is done...
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Re: Is there anything you miss?

A never ending hot shower in a decent size bathroom.

Every day!
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