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I think it’s about time to put this thread to rest.  I’ve been at it now for over two weeks and I could keep on going another two.  Hell, I could write a book about living aboard….hmmmm….Where was I?  Oh yeah, finishing things up.

Well, as you can see, living on a boat is not quite as simple nor minimal as you would think.  There are a ton of things to take care of with a floating home and some of them can’t wait.  Even when it seems like all the big projects are done, there will always be little nickel and dime things to take care of.  Rare will be the days where a live aboard will go by the marine supply store without stopping in and dropping a buck or two on something that is needed.

As for my situation here on the Fritter, let’s put things into perspective.  I got a great deal on a boat that serves a purpose right now, namely a roof over my head.  Yeah, it needs stuff, all boats do, but it takes care of a need right now.  Keep in mind too, that the Fritter is a 26 ft long by 8 ft wide sailboat.  It has about 100 sq ft of living space in the cabin.  For most people that is way too small.  For me, it’s just about right.  I don’t need much room and I won’t be filling up every empty hold with crap either. I still have less than 100 things, not counting the boat and related stuff.  And I intend to keep it that way.

If you have been considering a move onto a boat and this series opened your eyes a bit, keep in mind there are other boats out there that you can live on that are not as compact as the Fritter.  Trawlers, cabin cruisers, and houseboats are quite roomy…

In fact, the boat pictured above has as much room as a small apartment, complete with all the trappings of home.  It just doesn’t have sails.

It all depends on how much room you are comfortable with and whether or not you intend to take your home sailing now and then.  There’s a lot of options out there.

So, if you are looking at the liveaboard lifestyle start doing some reseach now.  Here are some resources to help:

Cruisers forum

Sailnet

Yachting and Boating world

Mariners learning System

YachtWorld

Boat Trader

WestMarine.com

I’ll continue to post stuff about living on the Fritter now and then.  Keep you updated on projects, issues, and storms.  But remember, living aboard is not for everyone.  It’s a unique lifestyle with it’s own set of interesting situations.  Sometimes you sit on the boat and wonder what the hell you were thinking.  Other times you can’t imagine going back onto land and living like everyone else.  Living aboard is seldom boring, rarely cheap, but always interesting.  So for now, I will be living on the Fritter and seeing where the winds and currents take me.

Capt. Fritter

“It’s a pirates life for me mate.”…Capt. Jack Sparrow

  3 Responses to “Living Aboard, All the Rest…”

  1. am wondering how on earth one cleans the ‘bottom’ of the big houseboat. hire scuba divers?
    and i would think it very dark water under there. an expensive proposition. but this series has been fascinating.
    i think you’ve cured any romantic notions i ever had of living on a boat.
    i live in my cottage the way you’d live on your boat… spare and spiff… only things that are needed. it amazes me the pictures you see of people living on boats… they are so cluttered. as if they brought the ‘land habits’ with them. what’s the point? too much suffocating stuff. stuff. and more stuff. we’re garbaging the world.

  2. I almost feel guilty now for encouraging you to buy the Fritter. I ha no idea what all was involved in living aboard. I now think it is much more complicated than living in a motorhome. But, the freedom is still worth a lot. And you don’t sound overwhelmed; which is good.

    • Well I was looking to blame somebody.

      I knew what was involved before I bought the boat. It’s not like there were any surprises here. I’ll be posting more about it next week. Just not so much with the details.

      C.F.