"disadvantages to living on a boat" this makes me chuckle a little. just some background on my situation...my husband has a dream of sailing around the world and i support him as any loving wife would and somehow i and the two children
have ended up on a 41 foot Formosa
in deep cajun country. i was just looking at all the posts of everyone gung-ho for their sailboats and came across this one and thought "hey, i have something to say about this!"
i dont know if many of the women here grew of on sail boats like jaja martin, jessica watson
or abby sunderland but im no jaja. the most experience i had on a boat was on some fishing
boats on lake martin in alabama
the disadvantages...the head
stinks. unless i have a super human sense of smell, every boat has the worst smell due to the head. there is a boat close to mine, a very dear neighbor, but when they open the door to their boat, the chemical smell of their head is sickening. when i first moved aboard, i had every outlet in the boat taken up with glade plug-ins to get the smell out.
dont live aboard in Louisiana - the mosquitoes are mutated by chemical plants near Lake Charles and they are as big as birds and you have to worry about alligators and your children.
if you have children and you want to homeschool, buy some beer
for yourself while you buy their school
supplies or at least for your wife if she is doing the teaching or well...for yourself too even if your wife is doing the teaching. i guess honesty is the best policy...being in a cramped space with children that have tons of energy and having to get them to want to sit down and learn something instead of being on deck
playing in the sun...it difficult and trying at times.
but seriously, there will always be repairs
. as i type i am dreading the morning as i have found another leak in my daughter's bunk. and what do you know? hubby is offshore
so i get to hunt it down with a caulk gun tomorrow. oh, and teach your wife about bilge
pumps...my husband didnt tell me about it, luckily the water
didnt reach the engine
. true story.
i jest about not liking it - there are those special times that really make you think you are living the dream...like your morning coffee on deck
, times you get to sail in what i call "soft wind" when the boat doesnt want to heel you overboard
but just glides on the glassy water. thunderstorms are wonderful. boat people are great - except some of the arrogant know it all's or naysayers...
- we all have a story, each day you write a new page...