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Old 06-11-2014, 03:55   #1
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Weatherbound Liveaboards?

A question to those currently living aboard.

For the past week or so the FLA sailing weather has been rough almost everyday and on the better days it has been marginal. Everyday on the way to work I pass several live aboards anchored in Lake Boca.

So after you've varnished the teak, changed the oil, oiled the wood in the salon, and dove the bottom---- what do live aboards do when they are weather bound for long periods? Aside from surfing CF?

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Old 06-11-2014, 04:40   #2
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Re: Weatherbound Liveaboards?

Most people are not spending their time outside in poor weather regardless of where they live. I believe that those of us in boats spend our leisure time inside with the same activities of those in houses. We read, watch some TV or movies, prepare meals, surf the net, indoor projects, crafts, music and planning our activities when the weather changes. In addition, most times poor weather doesn't prevent us from taking the short dinghy ride to shore acivities when they are available.
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Re: Weatherbound Liveaboards?

4 days after we bought our Beneteau for cruising we weathered a skirt by a hurricane in the virgin islands (map below). We played a lot of cards, played on FB and CF a lot, made food and played with our charting app, Navionics, to plan future sails.
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Re: Weatherbound Liveaboards?

Anyone read anymore?


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Old 06-11-2014, 12:24   #5
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A cold front is working it's way through our area right now. Fortunately, a friend took us to HEB (groceries) and D&D Liquor this morning. Now, I'm typing away here, while my wife is reading her Kindle. I'm drinking a cup of warm cider. Music on the Ipod docking station. When I finish making my rounds on the forums, it's back to reading Passages South, by Bruce Van Sant. Learning and planning for our cruise next year. Tonight, back to a book while sipping and sniffing some brandy.

Happy winter all you liveaboards. Stay warm and happy.

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Anyone read anymore? .........
Absolutely! That was first on my response above and RTB mentioned reading three times in his list. I know Kindle readers are becoming popular, but we still trade books from the exchanges at marinas and coin laundries. I don't think that there is any more common activity among cruisers that reading unless you count boating!
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Re: Weatherbound Liveaboards?

I think Hudson Force answered the question very succinctly.

We are no different from land base folk.

We just live in a more confined space and adapt our hobbies accordingly. Sure we get cabin fever and long to be outdoors and in cases such as this we don appropriate clothing and go out anyway. We have not melted or frozen yet and always return to the boat envigorated and ready to resume indoor activities.

The storm always abates and the sun shines once again - up comes the anchor and we are off to explore.

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Re: Weatherbound Liveaboards?

Thanks for the inputs. Just noticed that all the respondents had boats 39 feet or longer. @6'3" the 33 is gonna be cozy.

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Re: Weatherbound Liveaboards?

In response, aboard my 23'er, I do the following:

#1) Read (usually on my Kindle, though I do have a few dozen paperbacks too)
#2) Watch DVDs (12-volt car type, uses just 15 watts)
#3) Stitch (cross-stitch, sewing and also a bit of thread crochet)
#4) Paint (oil paintings)
#5) Computer (surfing or playing games)
#6) Write letters and post cards (the real deal versus email)
#7) Clean, fix stuff, think about improvements and tweak things to see if they will work better for me
#8) Cook (food preparation isn't opening a can -- it's real meals and snacks like popcorn for the movies)
#9) Play with the dog
#10) Write and post to my website
#11) Call on telephone a friend (at least one call per day)
#12) Check the charts for what's ahead or where I might like to go next

Honestly, I'm always busy.
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Just noticed that all the respondents had boats 39 feet or longer.
Nope, we're on a 36', but we are short.

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On a three month sailing sabbatical I read a few books including Churchills history of WWII (6 volumes) and covered 4,000 miles.
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Thanks for the inputs. Just noticed that all the respondents had boats 39 feet or longer. @6'3" the 33 is gonna be cozy.

So much to learn.
Cozy can be good! My wife and I lived on our 33' (I'm 6'3" too) for 13 years including the time from when our children were infants until they were 7 & 9. ..... 'and the unexpected bonus? - a family that communicates well and deals quickly & calmly with problems while having no doors to close.
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Re: Weatherbound Liveaboards?

When we spent a winter (and two summers) in one cold and wet country (name withheld) I simply took a job. There was no way I could stand sitting in the boat for days on end as it rained outside.

We left that country as soon as the sun came out and now we are much smarter liveaboards.

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