We get asked questions all the time about what living aboard is really like. Below are some of the most common ones.
Where does your son go to school? Is he home schooled?
Corey goes to school just like any other kid on land. Randy usually drives him to and from school.
Where does your dog go to the bathroom?
Sophie goes potty on grass just like most dogs. She does, however, have a long walk down the docks and across the parking lot to get to the grassy knoll. When we are out on hook, we either dinghy her to shore or she goes on a potty patch (grass mat) on the back deck. We were fortunate to have trained her to go on the patch when she was a puppy and now has no issues with it. Having a dog that can do this is great since we don’t have to plan our trips entirely around shore access.
Do you have electric, cable, WIFI, etc?
Many folks seem to think we are moored out in the middle of nowhere, however, that is not the case. Since we live in a marina, we have
all most of the modern conveniences that folks with a house have. Our electric is metered through the marina and we have water, cable and WIFI access as part of the slip package. When we first started talking about buying a boat to live on, my main concern was that I didn’t want to feel like I was camping and living on our boat is far from it. We are able to eat, sleep, shower, etc. on our boat as if we lived in a comfortable home. Folks are surprised when they see the interior and realize we have a good-size TV, surround sound, almost full-size fridge, microwave, etc.
When you moved onto the boat, what did you do with all of your stuff?
In a nutshell, we got rid of it. I mean, who really needs all that stuff? Before we moved, we had a yard sale and basically announced that “everything MUST GOooooo”! It’s quite liberating, actually to lose all that baggage. We did keep a few boxes of keepsakes and things we couldn’t part with and stashed them at my sister’s house. Everything else we sold or donated to charity. It’s surprising to realize that we could live without all that stuff and that we never have missed it. It’s a much simpler life now.
How much does it cost to live aboard a boat?
Costs can vary a great deal depending on your situation. Things to factor in are: marina/mooring fees, utility fees, maintenance and repair costs of the boat, hiring a diver to scrape the bottom of your boat (depending on where you are), insurance, etc. I wrote a post outlining our costs of living aboard to give you an idea, but just know every situation is different.
If you have any burning questions for us, feel free to contact us and we’ll try to answer them.