Hello from Toronto (and Sudbury, Blind River, and all points in between!).
My husband and I are currently stuck on land but have been making the move to living on the water
in a painfully slow progression to it.
I'm originally from Blind River, Ontario
and he's from North Bay. We met in Hell, I mean the middle... I mean Sudbury, Ontario
(no offense to anyone from Sudbury but it just wasn't what either of us were looking for)... which was okay to live in but for me, who is used to seeing massive 1000-ft ocean cargo ships everyday and for him, who is used to seeing lots of boats and the 'beach' town life of North Bay -- Sudbury was a sudden 'wow, we're inland' shock to the system.
We're now in Toronto which at least is close to the water
. Unfortunately where we live isn't waterfront -- too expensive... wow! -- but we now have the option of going to a waterfront that has vessels I'm used to seeing as well as heading to Toronto Island and seeing another view I'm used to -- horizon and water.
Both Andrew and I are practically transient as it is and are probably making the jump to living on a boat as soon as we figure out how big, what kind and where it will be moored 75% of the time as well as the various logistics of how I am going to get to work during those times... and how winter will play out. This winter was enough to make us almost think twice about it but we're committed to it.
We're one of those few that have been 'transient' so long that living in a normal, land, living situation isn't a good fit.
Anyway - enough on my whining about being stuck on land.
A little about us:
Me: You already know I'm from Blind River, Ontario. Well, to be technical, I'm from Algoma Mills which is just slightly to the east of Blind River. Close enough. I work full time as an Office Admin for a Construction Contracting Company and I also write for a living. The writing can be a bit sporadic which is why I haven't quit my dayjob. All right, all right - I haven't quit because I like who I work with and who I work for. I have a really cool boss that lets me get away with murder so long as my work is done and said murder isn't noticeable (too much) and this same really cool boss is also a working friend outside of work now... so there really isn't a big incentive to pack up and quit on him.
Andrew: From North Bay, Ontario, which is smack dab in the middle of two good size inland lakes (Nipissing and Trout). This gives the small city a decidedly beach town feel despite being inland. In the summer you can almost imagine you're in Florida
... almost... until the shad flies chase you to the other lake which is definitely more like the typical Northern Ontario freshwater lake. He's a mature student taking anthropology and history
. When he's not busy with class he's busy being self-employed as an office cleaner.
Our plan is to work while saving up what would normally be used as a downpayment for a house or condo but spend on the boat and not have a loan payment... or at least minimize the payment by having a 50% downpayment and finance the other 50% and use the rest for maintenance
I'll admit I'm more used to powered boats than sail as that's what I was raised on and around in our family
but considering the marina in Blind River I was also around sail boats quite a bit too.
I guess you could say I'm finally making the leap to owning my own vs. always helping with a friend's, uncle's, Dad's, Grampa's, er... you get the point. There are and were a lot of boats in our family
from as small as a bass boat to as large as a 40' power cruiser, as well as numerous windsurfing boards (my favourite hobby growing up, actually) and daysailers on Lake Huron and Lauzon.