Originally Posted by sww914
So you two different people need two different things. Do both. Spend a day or two at the dock
and the spend a day or two anchored out in some beautiful cove. Both of you should be able to enjoy both.
That sounds great but is basically impractical for several reasons. First you have to pack up the boat after unpacking the interior
to get out project
tools and supplies. The you have to undo all the docklines, power, water
, TV, etc. to get out of the slip and redo them for the re-entry. Then the marinas
normally give their best rates on monthly or longer rentals. The daily rates are very high in comparison. Then there is the "interruption" of the wife's schedule of social events
to do all this. Then there is the possibility of somebody else taking that slip before you get back. Or if you lock in the slip for a month then you are paying for half a month you do not use.
- - Normally you are stuck in the slip for the duration of the stay because of a common condition amongst cruisers known as "harboritis" which is a version of the common trait of not wanting to "change" things unless absolutely necessary.
- - Permanent live-aboard is quite different from living on land in a house/condo/apt and using the boat on weekends. It is mentally traumatic to have to re-do the interior/storage/etc. to get the boat ready for sea too frequently. The boat is our home and just like a house contains twice as much stuff as it should. Going from anchorage/marina "mode" to "underway" mode is work and time which we would rather be laying back reading or out smelling the roses.