The wife ad I are taking our first steps to living aboard
. On a Coronado 25 no less. We sail on Lake Ontario
and took 11 days off from work to try this. Terrible weather
so far with strong winds and extremely heavy rains at times. We got beat up Friday and limped back to our marina. We definitely were out of our skill levels there.
So far, we have found these negative aspects:
-Chemical toilet, enough said
-mouldy bread, pinch off the mould and have at her
-5' 6" headroom
, neck massages from the Missus (The massage is not negative Dear)
-3 persistant deck leaks
-Mattresses, need better mattresses
the positive aspects are:
-Time with my wife
-The quality of life onboard this smelly old boat cannot be quantified
-Very little technological pollution ie: cars planes traffic etc
-Very little stress, I mean very little.
-Expenses have been cut down for some odd reason, we allotted $65 per day in individual envelopes and have been getting by with $40 a day. Not bad if I do say so myself.
All in all we would not give this time back for anything. We are on track for our new life in 8 years. Albeit, we have to hone our sailing skills a hundredfold and be up on self sufficiency when it comes to boat maintenace but that what this old smelly boat is all about.
I'll be honing my hull
repair work this winter, (mostly self inflicted...lol)
We are understanding more in what we need in a boat, for our needs that is and are shooting for that. Any comments or tips would be greatly appreciated....Allan