I've been running a farm 400 miles from the boat for over 15 years. Just took a job managing a grain facility 25 miles from the boat! I'd have never predicted this, but I tied the boat up to the dock
the other day and have been moving in at night after work.
The boat has been on my mooring
for over two years and hasn't moved due to my back injury and surgery. Arrived at the rural creek after dark, following a long day of grading soybean trucks. Paddled out on an inflatable
paddle board with all my stuff and got to work commissioning the boat after years of sitting idle. Engine
was winterized two years ago and hasn't been started since. Fired up instantly after I first got some oil
in the top end. Not much smoke to speak of.
Spent nearly two hours in the water
getting the nasty prop squeaky clean, and a cursory pass around hull
and through hulls. Wetsuit is one of the better investments I've made over the years. Took a two hour nap and awoke at 0400 to start the 12 hr trip. Amazingly, I arrived as planned, with zero issues. Hard to believe. Two years represents a lot of neglect on my part, but I was still farming with my back hosed and I was doing good to keep my job, my wife, and boat altogether. The boat was very well maintained mechanically before so I guess that paid off.
So, a new chapter begins. I miss my cattle herd especially and the creativity needed to manage a big diverse farm and a few dozen peeps. Also miss my family
6 hours up the road, but I get home most weekends. I make far more money
and live on a killer boat, so there will be no complaints from me!
I never thought about working and living aboard
. It's got some minor challenges but I don't have to wear dress clothes and I live pretty simply as it is. It's a good opportunity to make some needed improvements to our crealock
that I could never have done with old salary and location. I'll spend some time on the live aboard forum, something I've never given any attention....
Now I need to sort out winter heat and keeping food
cold, and switch some storage
around to reflect new lifestyle. Plenty to do.