While I wait here on the Fritter for some updates to download, I thought I might take a few moments and post some first impressions of the new vessel and her surroundings. It’s going to take a while to get used to everything as you may well expect. I’m still rooting through the inner storage areas and finding mostly trash and junk from the previous owners. As boats go this one is relatively free of useless crap. Usually boat owners tend to collect stuff, throw it in some compartment, and then forget about it. The new owner gets the joy of finding rotting and mildewed bags of crap with their new toy. In this case it’s not too bad, at least compared to my last boat where I threw out at least a dozen large trash bags of garbage. And now I need to start finding places for the little bit of stuff I have brought on board. I’m in no hurry for now so it doesn’t really matter. I do need to start doing a list of the the stuff I will need. Some of it is unavoidable, I’ll need it if I leave the port and head out to sail. Other stuff is more for comfort or convenience.
As for getting around in the boat itself, it’s cramped as you would expect. There is little walking room inside and something is always in the way. To get outside requires climbing a short ladder, sliding back the hatch, and removing the slats that cover the opening. Same in reverse to get in. If you are in a hurry it can be a nuisance. Getting on and off the boat to the dock isn’t too bad, depending on how high or low the tide is. I’m still adjusting lines and seeing how the boat sits in the slip.
The marina is like night and day from where I left. It’s very clean and modern. The slips are owned like condos and there is a couple of actual condos on the property along with some dry storage, ramps, and some small businesses operating. The place looks like it is well cared for and secure. It’s quiet and I haven’t seen or heard one screaming baby yet. I doubt that this will be a place where the police make regular stops to break up family disputes. The people who live aboard here are true live a boards. By that I mean they don’t live on a boat because it was a cheap alternative to island living. They live on their boats because of the lifestyle. The boats you see here are the type that go places, other islands, across oceans, that sort of thing. You hear conversations going on about the weather, the water conditions, how to navigate a channel someplace, or reminiscing about a past voyage. A refreshing change from the folks at the old marina who could make an entire conversation over who’s turn it is to buy the beer or why they are going to beat up their spouse. While this marina may not have that true old timey Keys atmosphere, it is a good place to be if you are into the boating lifestyle. I am still surprised that I was able to get the slip as cheap as I did.
The location is a bit further down the road from the old place and the neighbor hood you go through is not exactly the best, but the street is wide with a semi marked bike path, and the bus comes reasonably close enough should I need to use it.
I’m still deciding how I want to set up a galley. I have a small fridge and two grills now, one for the dock, another for the boat, so I have some options. Other things like running water, a toilet, and things like that which you land based life forms take for granted will all have to be dealt with. I have electric for now but it will need some work. There is a lot to do and the boat has potential but it takes money and time. I know what I want to do, as to whether I can afford it or not is another story.
But for now, all is well. Sleeping on the ultimate water bed has been no problem. The cats adjusted remarkably quick and while they are still not used to some of the noises, they have settled in just fine.
I’ve got a lot of stuff to post about with this boat living later on. Now I just need to settle in and get some sort of routine going with apps and stuff. It’s going to be busy the rest of the year.