Here are some observations from a reluctant live aboard.
Currently, and for the past 2 months, due to some personal issues I am living on my Oday 34 in a small marina in West Central Arkansas. This particular marina is primarly a party barge/fishing boat type place but at least I have good 30 Amp power and city water
run out to the slip.
#1 When the sun goes down on a weekday it is a very quite place. Good and bad. Good because it's about as quite and peaceful as anyone can ask for. Bad because it's about as quite and peaceful as anyone can ask for. It would be nice to have someone to visit with every now and then at the dock
. (You know you are spending too much time at the local bar when there is a tall rum
& coke sitting on the bar when you walk in.)
#2 The new A/C unit is a wonderful thing. We have had heat indexes of over 100 degrees each day for only God knows how long. First month and a half I did not have this and relied on fans. Made going to bed
#3 Due to the new A/C unit I tend to spend more time in the cabin
. Now this means i need to buy a TV and DVD
player. (You can only fix/install things for so long.)
#4 My commute to work is 68 miles one way. Fuel
bill is getting kinda out of hand. Leaving the lake every morning at Day break really sucks. There's not alot of things as pretty as the lake when it's glass smooth in the mornings.
#5 Sailing during the week is very nice when there is wind
. This is something I have done alot of these past 2 months. Very few Jet Skee's and tubers buzzing around.
#6 etc., etc. etc.
What all this boils down to is; living this kind of life would absolutley drive some people nuts depending on your personality. Yes it's kinda boring sometimes, Yes it gets lonely sometimes but then that one evening comes along when the wind
is just right, good tunes on the stereo, the rum
& coke is mixed perfectly and that one in a million sunset happens along. Those are the days that make everything alright.
Plus, one of these days the Swedish Bikini Team is gonna show up wanting to go for a sail.