Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
-Jean-Paul Sartre --French existentialist philosopher and writer, 1905-1980

Wintering aboard a Wood Boat

There are those that would argue that wood boats are by far the best for winter live aboards...follow this link to hear more about the great debate :)
 Wood Boats are Best For Winter Live Aboards

Puget Sound Marinas to Live aboard or Winter Over at. Depending on your situation you may want to dry dock or live in covered moorage. Here is a link to some helpful info on Wintering with your boat

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f60/puget-sound-marinas-winter-over-and-live-aboard-47173.html

Staying Warm On Your Boat In Winter

Here is a link to a forum with some great info on keeping warm during the winter on your boat plus lots of other great warmth info Warmth...this way lol

Great Tips For Decorating Your Boat For The Christmas Holidays and Boat Parades

Many boat owners enjoy participating in a Christmas boat parade. The boat parades at Christmas bring joy to onlookers. With the reflection on the water, Christmas lights have quite an added sparkle. Here are a few tips to help you decorate a boat for a Christmas boat parade.

How To Decorate Your Boat For Christmas

1.  Make a decorating plan for your boat. Decide if there is enough room for a Christmas tree; make sure it doesn't block the captain's view so he can safely navigate. Decide if you can use plug in Christmas lights or if you need battery operated lights. Decide on the type of decorations you want to use. For instance, it may be a themed Christmas boat parade requiring special decorations. Keep in mind that the decorations need to be visible from the shore. Small decorations are difficult to see.***Read More Here***


2011 Seattle Christmas Ship Festival

The Argosy Christmas Ship™ festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition for 62 years. Its main purpose is to bring communities together to celebrate the holiday season. From our flotilla of ships to the crowds of people who gather onshore, this celebration is one of the gems of the holiday season.
Each night, through December 23rd, 2011 the Argosy Christmas Ship™ sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total.
Read More Here: Argosy Christmas Ship Festival

If you look very closely, the seals nose is poking out under the dock...you can hear him breathing :)

Winterize Your Boat

Before you put your boat on ice for the winter, here's what you need to do to protect your investment.

By Cliff Gromer

Read more: Winterizing Your Boat - How to Winterize Your Boat - Popular Mechanics


Why put time and money into a boat that you're not going to use for six months? That's an all-too-common attitude when it comes to winterizing chores. Beeeg mistake. Winter weather can wreak havoc (cracked blocks, corrosion, etc.) on a boat that's not prepared for hibernation. Another tip: If your boat needs professional help and you wait until spring to get it, you're hitting the boat doctor at his busiest time. So it pays to take care of any problems and dealer-required maintenance in the fall, before your craft is clutched by winter's icy grip.

Facts You Never Knew About Camano Island History

Camano Island is in the beautiful Puget Sound waters in Washington off the Port of Everett and the city of Marysville. There are many wonderful and interesting facts that many people do not know about the island. Armed with some of these interesting tidbits, you may better understand the history of this beautiful forested island.

Starting at the northwest corner of Camano Island is a location called Rocky point. The Indians who first inhabited the island called Rocky point the
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Yacht & Cruising Clubs in Puget Sound

Join a yacht club and start cruising

There are many opportunities for boating in the Puget Sound. Whether you are a power boater who enjoys cruising or a sailer or who enjoys the wind in the sails, there are several clubs you can join to begin sharing your boating experience with others.

The Tollycraft Boating Club welcomes anyone that loves the Tollycraft yachts. You can download a membership application for their yacht club at www.tollyclub.com. After filling out and submitting the application you will be contacted by the club secretary for further instructions..........More.....

Best Boat Toilet

Ahoy Maties! Welcome Liveaboards, I know it's a funny subject but deserves much consideration. I have found a great discussion in a forum that I found extremely helpful in my toilet buying  decision. They discuss models, installs etc.

Here is what I gained from reading in the forum:

It appears that many people still prefer the old pump models because of ease of maintenance reasons. Some even spoke of the old plank with a hole in it hanging over the bow (I wouldn't recommend that model  :)  ). It looks as though the most reliable toilet they speak of is the Sealand Traveler. Ease of install and performance also wins it some praise.Sealand is known to be one of the most costly of the marine toilets, but many would say, well worth the price!
Some believe that the easiest install, and needing less pumpouts is the Sealand RV style toilet which has it's holding tank directly below which causes it to use much less water.
Here are two other models that got Kudos for sailboats: Crittenden Skipper for normal sized sailboats, Groco Model K-H, and groko.There was also some discussion on composting toilets but that didn't make it to far. I think we can all see the problems there....
There are still those that believe that the old "Bucket and Chuck it" is the way to go but I think I will be looking into a vaccu flush for myself  :)
Have a great day living aboard your boat!

Applying Boat Decals

Is it time for new decals on your boat? Is your boat still nameless? If you are looking to apply your own decals I found this great How To Video that shows just how it's done.


Boating Safety-Review for Summer!

This site has one of the easiest and fun formats to re learn the rules of safe boating. It is set up as an old leather bound book with very easily clickable links to go to the page you need.
The sections include:
Tips
Rules of the Waterway
Look and Listen
Safety  Courses
and more....

I think you will really enjoy this site

Click Here to Go

Beautiful Friday Harbor

I wanrted to share on eof my favorite vacation places to take the boat.
Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. If you've been there, you know it's wonderful, if you haven't ...it's time to find out.

There is a 500 slip marina in Friday Harbor so there is plenty of room for everyone. Just be sure during the summer months to call ahead as they do get very busy.  Their peak season is July and August so their rates are also higher at that time for moorage.

They are also very specific in the steps to docking. I will include below so you can see for yourself:


  • Slip Assignment Station located on breakwater “A” our northern most breakwater. Please call us on VHF channel 66US upon arrival or motor right up to this station.
  • G-Dock Check-in Station is at the base of G-Dock. Staff here can help grab your lines or check you in for overnight moorage.
  • Main Pier Check-in Station, located just below the port office serves as concierge central. Here you can also check-in, get maps, directions, phone numbers,or we can hail you a cab. Main station is also a great place to pick up your Port of Friday harbor logoed memories in the form of T-shirts, hats, bags, or blankets. Come check us out!
  • Breakwater Station, located just over the bridge from the main float to the breakwater is there to make your docking needs easier. Our experienced staff can help you tie-up, push off & plug-in. Look for us in red!


Like they say, their staff is dressed in red so you can spot them easily as you pull in.   For more info on Friday Harbor I have posted their link here:Friday Harbor Marina Click Here






















































































De-Winterize Your Boat Spring Boat Prep to Get Your Boat Ready for Spring Commissioning From Ericka Watson

Get ready for the spring commissioning of your boat by following these simple tips to de-winterize it after a long, hard winter. If you did winterize your boat, you saved yourself some spring boat prep time and possible headaches now, which means the road between your boat and the water is shorter! Although it is always best to winterize a boat before putting it into storage, if you didn't, don't worry. You can perform those tasks now for the spring commissioning. Here's how:

1. Have Your Manufacturer's Manual Handy

If you have a copy, great. If you don't, it would be a good idea to get one. You'll need it to replace fluids and parts properly. Never take apart anything without consulting the manual first.
 

2. De-winterizing Your Engine

The engine is the heart of the boat, and since it will most like take the greatest amount of time and be the messiest, start here. If you didn't change the oil at the end of last season, do so now. After running your boat all summer, it's likely that water, acids and other byproducts have built up. It's important to change the oil to prevent corrosion and excessive wear which can lead to loss of power, poor fuel economy or engine failure. At the same time you change the oil, be sure to change the oil filter. Change the oil in transmission or the outboard's lower unit as well.
Next, flush the cooling system and replace the antifreeze with a 50/50 ratio of water to coolant.
Finally, replace the batteries and perform a thorough engine test.

3. Inspect the Canvas & Vinyl

Check your bimini top, seats, covers, and other vinyl and canvas items for tears, mildew and dirt. Repairs tears and holes, and then clean with the proper cleaner for canvas and vinyl.

4. Inspect the Hull

Carefully inspect the hull for blisters or other chips and cracks as well as for chalky residue. If you find blisters, repair them. If the boat's hull is chalky, it could indicate oxidation. Determine the level of oxidation, and then restore the boat's gelcoat to its original luster. Then, throughout the summer, follow the gelcoat maintenance plan to keep oxidation at bay.

5. Clean and Wax the Hull

First clean your boat's exterior using a marine safe cleaner from a marine supply store. Then, apply a fresh coat of wax according to the instructions in the gelcoat maintenance plan.

6. Inspect the Windshield Wipers

Inspect and replace windshield wipers if necessary. If the wipers are in good condition, apply a rubber lubricant to protect them from the harsh marine environment. Some experts recommend stowing wipers until you need them to keep them in good condition longer.

7. Polish the Metal and Teak

Known as brightwork, metal and teak enhance the look of your boat. If it's dull, your boat will not have the same visual appeal as it might otherwise have. Also, prolonged neglect of metal and teak can result in pitting and eventually compromise the integrity of the materials and their intended use. To protect the metal, use metal polisher like Never Dull. For teak, it is usually recommended that you sand it and then apply stain and varnish.

8. Replace and Test all Electronics

Bring all the electronics back on board and do a thorough test to be sure they are working properly. Test the radio, GPS, compass, depth finder, and any other marine electronics.
 

9. Clean the Interior

Whether you have an open deck or cabin with full galley, clean the area thoroughly to remove dirt and debris.
 

How to Do Food Storage in an RV or Other Small Living Space By Terria Fleming

Many people live in RV's and other small living spaces like boats, studio apartments, dorm rooms, and tiny cabins or houses. There isn't a large amount of space to put anything, let alone that all-important food storage we are all being encouraged to have right now, so what can a person do who wants their own emergency food storage but doesn't have a huge home to put it in?
Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • An RV or other small living space
  • a plan
  • emergency food to store
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    tiny kitchen
    tiny kitchen
    Most of us are aware of the need for storing a certain amount of extra food in our homes, in case of disasters, emergencies, a financial crisis such as an unexpected job loss, and any other possible emergency situations that could arise at any time, for anyone.

    This means, at a minimum, storing a two-week supply of emergency foods, although a three month to a year supply is even better. Still do what you can, with the money you have. Store at least two weeks worth of food and other emergency supplies like water, medications and first aid supplies, candles, emergency cooking equipment, flashlights and things of this nature.
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    boat galley
    boat galley
    I have lived in a studio apartment and know firsthand how challenging it can be to make the place a home that is capable of storing things like extra food, not to mention all the furniture, household gear, etc. for your daily needs, and yet still have room enough to breathe. It is a challenge but it can be done.

    Especially in a small living space you need to plan carefully. Knowing just what you need to store for emergency preparedness is helpful in determining where to put it once you've bought it.

    People have lived on small boats for months at a time with just the food supplies they can get aboard, supplemented by fresh foods and fish, etc. when they stop some place long enough to shop at a grocery store or market. Boats don't have a lot of storage space for food as a rule, so if these folks can do it, so can people who live in RV's or dorm rooms or tiny studio apartments.

    Planning is key. Each tiny living space is different and each family has different food needs and likes, so this must be taken into consideration when purchasing your food storage. During an emergency situation is not the time to begin eating a lot of food you dislike, or even foods you've never tried to cook with before. You are under enough stress already without adding to it by eating unusual (for you and your family anyway) foods.

    Remember to focus on dehydrated foods if your storage space is really tiny. Then you can supplement the dehydrated foods with buckets of beans, rice, pasta, etc. and some canned foods. Canned foods take up much more room than dehydrated or dried foods do, but have their place in your food storage program too and properly stored will last a long time.
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    food storage buckets
    food storage buckets
    If you have a bookcase or two anywhere in your house, pull the books out and then put some of your food storage behind the books. After replacing the books on the shelves, no one will even see the food storage. Most bookcases are wide so there is usually some space behind books for storing other items. Put a row or two of canned foods behind your books for example, and top with more cans if the shelves are far enough apart to do that. This works particularly well if you have room for a bookcase in or near your kitchen, because you can put cookbooks and small appliances on it too, in front of the food storage.

    Another suggestion is to combine all the stuff you now store in your hall closet and your kitchen closet if you have them, and use the kitchen closet just for food storage. With some shelves and wall hanging units and pockets you can get a lot of emergency food storage in one closet.

    On the floor in front of the shelves place five gallon plastic food buckets full of beans, rice, wheat, etc. Put another row of plastic buckets on top of the first row if there is room and you will have many buckets of food stored.

    Remove extra kitchen tools and appliances from your kitchen, especially those you never use. Get rid of them or store them somewhere else so that you can use all the kitchen cupboards that you have for your food storage.
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    food storage in a corner
    food storage in a corner
    Declutter your studio apartment, RV, dorm room, or boat often. Get rid of things you don't need. Donate to friends, family, women's shelters and other places. Don't just put things in the trash, recycle everything.

    Try moving your furniture around in different configurations, you might find out, if you do this, that you can make room behind your couch, for example, for a lot of food storage, either by itself or stored under a table that you place behind your couch.

    New metal garbage cans can be filled with food storage, then covered with a round piece of wood, a bit bigger than the top of the can, to hide the food. Then treat it as a small table and cover the whole thing with a round tablecloth. No one will know that there is a bunch of food storage inside your new "table".

    Other storage ideas for small spaces include under bed storage, adding shelves over doors and windows, placing your food storage in chests and other storage units all over the place.

    Use your ingenuity and store the extra food wherever you can. There is no rule that extra emergency food supplies has to be stored in the kitchen.

Read more: How to Do Food Storage in an RV or Other Small Living Space | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4490276_rv-other-small-living-space.html#ixzz1FUvGrvIC




Storage Ideas for Onboard

Storage Ideas for Onboard

Storage is the one thing we just can't seem to get enough of on board our boats. This becomes especially true for those of us that live aboard. I have put together some easy ideas to create a little more storage on that boat of yours.

When buying for the galley, be sure to always think vertical, stack stack stack. Keep in mind when you are picking out containers. Make sure they stack together well. This will help to save as much space as possible on those very minimal counter tops. Think of all that unused air space around the galley, this is when screw hooks and storage nets come in very handy. Get yourself a storage net or basket and store your fruits and veggies in those. Maybe your kitchen towels or items you use often, such as bread.
Buy a clear shoe organizer and hang on the inside of the galley pantry or a wall in or near the galley. This can be used for canned goods, boxed goods, coffee or spices. In fact, these shoe organizers are great in the head also, hung on the back of the door to hold toiletry items.

In the cabin or bedroom, there are many options for extra storage. Here using a storage net or two is great for clothing, bedding, towels and even shoes. Use the new 3m hooks on the walls so they will be easily removable if you would like to re arrange them. You van hang coats, towels, hats and more from these hooks. They are also great for things like hair dryers and curling/flattening irons. If you need more clothing storage, buy the large compartment hanging shoe organizers for your closet. These are great for clothing that has been rolled up and can accommodate a few shirts in each compartment and a couple pairs of pants.

Storage in the Helm area. A great storage piece would be over the seat car organizers. Keep the items you use often in these organizers and never again search around for hours looking for the navigational tools. You can also use a velcro type tape and adhere it to the dash or walls adjacent. Then apply the opposite piece to things such as flashlights and navigational tools and they will stay nice and tidy and easily accessible.

Another Item I want to mention because I find them so useful on our boat. Storage bags. The kind that uses a vacuum to pull all the air out. these are great for linens, coats etc. and saves a ton of space and no worries about mildew and mold due to all the moisture that accumulates on board.

I would like to point out a warning tip: Never store heavy items such as cans etc in storage nets overhead as these can be thrust about in a little storm or the friendly wake of another.

Have a great day all and enjoy your life aboard!

So cold this past weekend

It was sooo cold at the marina this weekend the water froze and snow was accumulating on top.


 We had every heater pumping out as hard as they could. I have found that when it gets very cold our best heating combo is 1 Caframo in each bedroom and a 1 radiator style in the salon. This combo keeps us a pretty toasty 65 degrees  :)   I know it doesn't sound warm enough for the house dweller, but on a boat, this is high heat in the middle of winter  :)
Stay warm maties! And enjoy the winter living aboard your boat!

 I have included a link here to the Caframo Heaters so you can see the heaters that we swear by on our boat
http://www.caframo.com/marine/marine_products_heaters.php

Seattles Floating Homes-Awesome Live Aboards

Here's a link to some of the floating homes along Westlake Ave in Seattle. These homes don't come on the market too often so it's always fun when we're able to looky-loo inside them. In this particular area of live aboards there are two up for sale right now. Go take a peek  :)
http://www.2764westlake.com/feed/

Living in Small Spaces - How to Make it Work By Nelson Stewart

Don't let the small size of an RV or mobile home put you off. There are lots of ways to make the most of living in a small space.
Firstly, it seems that many RV dwellers are alike in the fact that they really don't spend much time inside. While they value having the cover quarters to sleep and bathe in, most spend the day under their awning, or out and about exploring whatever community they are staying in. It is obviously easiest to spend more time outdoors when you're in a warm climate, but considering that warm climates are the usual destination for RVers, this shouldn't be a problem.
In a smaller space, you need to maximize efficiency. This isn't usually hard in RV's, as they are built with plenty of storage niches and double-purpose furniture - like tables that turn into beds, and cupboards in every tiny empty space available. You can help minimize clutter by assigning a place for everything, and putting things away as soon as you're done with them. Also, make sure your appliances aren't redundant. In a smaller kitchen, there might not be room to put a microwave, toaster oven and toaster all on the counter. Choose which appliances are most important to you, and consider getting rid of the rest. Do you need a food processor and a blender? Probably not.
Also, consider putting all your electronic equipment into niches or cupboards. On counters and tabletops, electronics can take up so much space, and become the visual focal point of the room. To further minimize the spatial impact of electronics, consider things like TVs with built in DVD players, and other two-in-one appliances.
Consider that cupboards as storage space will make your RV appear far more tidy than if storage is on open shelves. Consider this when you are choosing a model, or making any renovations to your RV. With a little conscious effort, you can make the most of living in a small space, and enjoy RV living to its full potential!
Nelson Stewart has Arizona RV parks. Contact him for a quality Mesa Arizona RV dealer.

Living in Small Spaces By Tameka Norris Platinum Quality Author

I personally do not see living in a small space as being stressful; although it entails being constrained in so many ways. I see it as an avenue of bringing your creativity and talent into play. Living in a small place does not necessarily mean that you have to move or be limited. In a world like ours where housing space is expensive, living in a small space is the best alternative.
If you were innovative and willing to improve on your current small home, you would be amazed how well your space would turn out. To live successfully and happily in a small space, it is expedient that you should know what to do. Having bright and excellent ideas are all that is required to live in a small home. If you live in a small place, I would advise that you should consider customizing your furniture, kitchen, and other household equipment. Keeping everything compact and simple should be part of your lifestyle.
You should consider buying mini a refrigerator, a mini or average size cooker or stove and a mini or average size washing machine. For instance, with a bright idea and money in your pocket, you can turn a marble top table into a kitchen and a utility room. Here is how it works. You can place your dishwasher and washing machine below the table while your stove sits on the top of the table.
With the right ideas and proper planning, living in a small home can be made very pleasurable to live in. If you are a workaholic and a well organized individual who loves arranging things in an orderly manner, living in a small space would greatly improve your self esteem and save you a lot of time because in a small space, all your stuffs are arranged very closely to each other.
Learn how to decorate Small Spaces [http://www.furniture-for-small-spaces.com]. Also enjoy, furnishing tips, photos of small spaces and projects for the DIYer.

The Benefits Of Boating By Stewart Wrighter Platinum Quality Author

Boating is fun for a lot of people, whether they do it on the regular basis or have only enjoyed the experience once in their life. There are plenty of boating options and you can go out for a sail on the water for a relaxing afternoon or you can fire up a motorboat and have a real high-seas driving adventure. It is possible to boat on the lake, on the ocean and in gulf waters. There are even rivers that are large enough for boat rides and they often offer calm journeys through scenic locations. There are a number of precautions that should be taken when boating, but if you prepare ahead of time and follow directions, you can have a terrific afternoon out on the water. Start by making sure you have all of the equipment you need on board like a marine communications method and marine helmets. Safety equipment is going to make your experience much better and put your mind at ease. It will also comfort your passengers who may be a little nervous about the trip.
Another benefit of boating is getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Any time you are out and about in nature should be a pleasant experience if you are there for recreational purposes. However, boating is even more special because you are on the water. This exposes you to a number of things you would otherwise not enjoy. Wildlife experiences are different on the water and you are out and away from a lot of other people, so you can really relax and enjoy the scenery.
Boating is a great activity to do with friends and family. A day on the boat with a couple of your best buddies, your children or your favorite couple of friends is an experience you will never forget. A lot of people who boat on the regular basis say it is one of the most fun things they do with their friends. You can also plan special occasions on a boat so you can celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or holidays while out on the high seas. If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day with friends this summer, load up your boat with snacks and drinks and head out on the water. You are likely to have a great view of area fireworks once the sun goes down.
Learning to boat is a great experience for kids and adults. You can just be a passenger on the boat, but you could also try commanding it yourself. Sailing offers a great opportunity to learn a new skill that can lead to a lot of fun adventures.
In time, you may even want to try competitive boat racing. If you find you really enjoy spending time on the boat and you seem to be picking up the lingo and the skills needed to captain a ship pretty easily, you can take the project on and possibly win prizes. Talk to someone at the local marina about information on competitive boating opportunities that are available near you.
Stewart Wrighter recently studied marine communications in conjunction with his work. He reviewed marine helmets as part of a military safety study.

Important Tips to Know Before Living Aboard a Boat and Dropping Out of the Rat Race By Jeffrey Ferris Platinum Quality Author

Many people have thought about dropping out of the rat race and retire to a live aboard boat in order to experience the simpler life and travel to exotic places. There are many benefits associated with this type of lifestyle, and waking up in the morning to the smell of the salt air and friendly neighborhood tropical birds looking for their morning breakfast in your backyard are definitely in the top two! Once you've made the decision to live aboard a boat, then there are several more choices that you need to decide on.
What type of boat will it be, a mono-hull or a catamaran? What is the length of hull that you're looking for? How much money are you prepared to invest into the boat and where will you dock it? There will be so much less space than what you're used to in a house, and storage places will come at a premium. Some boats have more space than others, and you will soon find that out when you start attending boat shows around the country or world. How much comfort are you willing to give up for a life of adventure on the high seas?
Mono-hulls are normally what people think of when boating comes to mind, but they do have plenty of drawbacks. They have a deep keel in order to help as ballast and to keep the vessel upright, which is highly useful if you are out on the ocean! But because of this keel, there will also be a great amount of rocking and rolling from side to side as waves hit the boat. If you aren't used to this motion, you could very well end up with a bad case of sea sickness that will spoil your cruise. Mono-hulls do tend to have more space onboard for living and storage however, because the shape of the hull is very conducive to that in relation to depth. You will immediately realize though, that the width or beam leaves much to be desired and is often narrower with regard to the total length.
In my opinion the hull of choice is the catamaran, which is a much wider or beamy vessel, and some of the larger boats are so stable in rough weather that a champagne glass sitting on the galley table will not tip or fall over! The ideal length for a cruising catamaran to comfortably accommodate a married couple is anywhere from 36 feet to 55 feet, and the price goes up quite a bit each foot that is added on. A catamaran is designed to sit on top of the water more than a mono-hull, and is usually much wider in beam. For example, the typical 50 foot mono-hull might have a 12 -16 foot beam, but a 50 foot catamaran might have a 26 - 30 foot beam! This really leads to stability in very rough seas, with a huge reduction in the side to side rolling of the mono-hulls. A catamaran has two hulls with an open space between them for the seas to pass through and usually the galley and living area sitting out of the water between the hulls. This leads to good visibility above the water, and a nice wide area for cooking, eating, and entertaining yourself and guests. Some models will have the galley located down in one of the two hulls to create even more living space above. The sleeping areas, cabins, and heads are located down in the hulls on either side of the boat, and depending on the size can normally accommodate up to 4 couples.
The biggest drawback I've personally seen with catamaran boats is the "turnaround room" when standing down in the hulls. I always do an "elbow test" when down in the hulls, which means that I am standing with my hands on my hips and my elbows out and then I stand in one spot and turn around in a circle. If my elbows touch or knock anything, it's a very cramped space! Unfortunately, most of the vessels I've tested had this drawback, but I did find one 52 foot South African boat that passed this test. In fact, there was so much living area and storage space on this boat that I call it a "condo catamaran"! It was pure luxury, with up to six cabins on a normal layout, or for the discerning owner they can have one whole hull just for them which is described as the "owner's layout". This is the layout that really appealed to me, and will provide much closet space and a very private living area for those long voyages with guests. I encourage everyone who is looking for the perfect vessel to go to as many boat shows as they can so they can personally check all the various factors involved and to see if it's something you can live on. The Miami International Boat Show will usually have plenty of both mono-hulls and catamarans for viewing and comparison.
Another factor or decision that you'll have to make is whether it's going to be power or sail. That usually depends on your background and where you plan on boating to. For those people planning on doing an around the world trip, they might seriously consider purchasing a sailboat because it's going to be much cheaper and there really aren't as many boats that can carry enough fuel for those trans oceanic voyages. For those people planning to stay closer to shore or mainly coastal travel may look for power boats, even though the fuel will still be an issue for most trips. There are a few boats that are designed for long range expedition voyages that are less than 55 feet long, and they can carry enough fuel to comfortably transit the Pacific or any other extensive cruise. However, for a power boat of this size, be prepared to spend close to a million U.S. dollars or more for a brand new boat. By far the vast majority of around the world cruisers will opt for a sailing vessel, either catamaran or mono-hull. Catamarans tend to be more expensive due to the size and desirability of them, and they also may have higher marina fees associated because of their widths. In fact, a good percentage of them may not fit in some marinas due to how wide they are, and will have to anchor out in the harbor and use a dinghy to travel back and forth to the shore. This can be very time consuming and tiring, especially when travelling back and forth with many packages of food, drinks, or other items needed to restock the boat. These are the types of things you'll need to think about before you decide on and purchase your live aboard boat.
Are you an experienced sailor or boater, or will you need to arrange for some classes to learn more about being on the water? There are plenty of Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron facilities around in the U.S. that can provide the appropriate training needed to safely operate your new vessel. It's very important to feel comfortable with the operation of your boat, and take it offshore for short excursions as often as you can before you embark on any long cruise away from shore. Become an expert, after all, your life will be at stake! Be prepared for any situation, whether it's medical or mechanical, and know what to do to fix it. Take a marine mechanic course, because if your boats engine breaks down far out at sea you'll want to know what to do to correct the problem. You won't be able to just bring the boat into the nearest shop at that point!
There will be many decisions that you'll have to make before choosing and purchasing your new boat and probably training you'll need in order to safely operate it, but the benefits of this lifestyle more than outweigh the negatives. You will need to be prepared for a total changeover compared to living ashore, because of the cramped conditions and inconveniences associated with boat living. Choose wisely, learn all you can before you buy, and get ready for the time of your life! It's what you've always wanted, so get out there and take the plunge!
Jeffrey Ferris
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A Good Way to Make Money Living Aboard Your Sailboat By E. S. Morris Platinum Quality Author

Living aboard a sailboat certainly doesn't appeal to everyone.  For those who do appreciate the tranquility of the live-aboard lifestyle, the problem many deal with is how to make enough money to finance that way of life. Some folks who live aboard actually have regular jobs.  They live on their boat moored at a marina and get up every day and go to work just like normal people do.  Or, in some cases, they anchor in protected waters, take the dingy to the nearest dock and proceed to work from there.
The ideal live-aboard lifestyle is to be free from the shackles of employment.  This means either having enough residual income - a big check in the mail every month - or figuring out a way to earn income without having to leave your boat.  If you don't already have the big check coming in, then, at least for now, option number two is your only choice.
Taking advantage of any one of the many opportunities that are available on the internet can solve the problem.  The internet has evolved into one of the largest business platforms in history. There are countless ways to earn income online.  All you need is a computer and a good high-speed internet connection.  With today's technology, that is not a problem, even on a boat.
As an internet marketer, I am most familiar with Affiliate Marketing.  It doesn't cost a lot of money to get started, and doesn't require any background expertise. If you are willing to take the time necessary to learn the techniques that will enable you to build a successful internet marketing business, you can create the income that you will need to enjoy your seafaring lifestyle.
Developing a profitable affiliate marketing business involves commitment to gaining the required knowledge and consistently applying that knowledge to the growth of your business.  Most people who fail to build a successful and profitable internet business fail because they are unwilling to stay consistent with their efforts.  They become discouraged and quit too soon. It is simple process that anyone can master, but it necessitates a commitment that many are not willing to make.
The cabin of a sailboat would make an ideal office for an internet marketer.  Haul anchor, set sail to your favorite cove, and enjoy the creative atmosphere, pleasant working conditions, and tranquil environment of your enviable workplace. If you are willing to spend a couple hours a day building your own successful internet marketing business, you will be able finance your present lifestyle while you create long-term residual income.
Affiliate Marketing is just one of the many ways to earn income online. Discover how you can fund your lifestyle while working out of your home, whether on land or sea, be becoming a successful internet marketer. Visit Your Wealthy Retirement.com to learn more.

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Living Aboard a Sailboat - Do Not Wait Too Long By Gary P Pierce Platinum Quality Author

We lived aboard our sailboat in the Caribbean for 8 years. I was 49 to 57, my bride 42 to 50.
Could we do it again right now, ages 64 and 57...sure, but with the following caveats. These will not be a surprise:
1) You are less physically able to do things as you age. Not an earthshaking statement but if you are say 45 now and want to go cruising. Do it now. If you are waiting to accumulate more money to buy a special boat... you are most certainly making a mistake. The docks in the US are full of folks saying... one day I am heading to the Caribbean and go cruising. They never leave the dock.
2) The reason the above is a mistake if you really want to go cruising, is that there will always be something holding you back... you have to make the decision and go with what you have at the present.
3) If you hesitate, you will end up swapping time for dollars. The longer you wait the older you get and your ability to enjoy cruising will decline. For instance, the masthead light has a burnt out bulb... grab the bosuns chair and up you go to change it... no problem right? 53 feet above the deck is a little different at 45 vs. 55. At 55, you will strongly consider finding a young kid and you winch him up to change the bulb. Now cruisers do help each other, and a real good younger friend might go up the mast for you, but you cannot always count on it.
Living aboard a sailboat is a great way of life. In the Caribbean, it is a cheap way of life as well. Do not make the mistake of swapping years for more money, go now with what you have and enjoy. We did and so can you.
Living aboard sailboat Gary Pierce is the webmaster of http://www.frugal-retirement-living.com he retired early at 49, still retired at 64. He has experience in lifestyles that are both fulfilling and frugal. It is 2009 and many are wondering if they can ever retire. Don't give up until you check out this website. Enjoy.
Living cheap was a bonus when we started living aboard a sailboat in 1994.   For 8 years we cruised from Venezuela, Trinidad to the Virgin Islands.  We had a ball, so can you.  If the economy has got you singing the blues take heart living aboard a sailboat is not only as fun as you think it is...It is a great way of living cheaply.
Once on the boat, 6 to 9 months a year, we spent about $1,000 a month. We wanted for nothing, we were safe, surrounded by fellow cruisers, and experienced the laid back lifestyle of the Caribbean.  If you are expecting the other shoe to drop you will be disappointed...I can think of very few negatives to this way of living cheaply. When living aboard  the negatives aren't really negatives. No TV is not a bad thing.  Not knowing who won the World Series until 6 months after the fact isn't the end of the world.
Say I stick my head in the sand I don't care...   So if you just have to know the latest news, or what Senator is cheating on his wife...living aboard a sailboat in the Caribbean may not be for you. It is your loss. Why is living aboard so cheap?   You are not tempted to spend...when at anchor the only person urging you to buy something might be a local in a rowboat with a lobster to sell, or swap for some toothpaste. You can't spend if there is no cash register. Next is the fact that cruisers are the tightest group of people I have ever met. Why are they so tight? Simple...They enjoy cruising so much they pinch pennies to keep on cruising. Wasting money is not what cruising is about.
Next is the fact that you avoid tourists (Americans) like the plague. Wherever they shop or eat you stay away from. They pay through the nose. When you go out to eat you look for a restaurant where you (and maybe another cruising couple) are the only white folks. The menu must also be on a chalkboard, which means the food is fresh, caught that morning.   You follow those two simple "rules" for dining out, while avoiding the tourists, you are living cheaply and well.
One of my favorite pastimes was to anchor close to a beach resort. The tourists were paying $500 a night; we anchored for free, and had a better view. If we did it so can you.  So if the economy has got you moping and worrying...relax mon...you can live cheaply and well living aboard a sailboat in the Caribbean. Enjoy.
Gary Pierce is the webmaster of http://www.frugal-retirement-living.com he retired early at 49, still retired at 63. He has experience in lifestyles that are both fulfilling and frugal. It is 2009 and many are wondering if they can ever retire. Don't give up until you check out this website. Enjoy.
Gary P Pierce - EzineArticles Expert Author

Cooking Cleaning Clothes

It would be nice to think that living aboard a boat somehow robbed you of domestic chores in favour of more exotic ones like finding ways to keep otters from having midnight seafood fests on your deck or finding the most comfortable spot for extended novel reading. Regardless of the glamorous notions about living on a boat, you still have to cook, clean, and do laundry.
Fuel and fresh water are always issues for finite floating real estate, as are storage and refrigeration so large shopping trips are a thing of the past. Having first cooked for all my friends and then raised a family, this was a culture shock for me. Leaving the grocery store with only 2 bags and having spent only $25 left me uncomfortable at first, and then I began to trust that the store was always there when I needed it and I would not die without four flavors of herbal tea on hand at all times.
To conserve water for food preparation, I rip up lettuce or peel and cut up vegetables before rinsing - no point in washing what will be thrown away. I use a bowl to catch the water from rinsing under the sieve and use it to dampen the dishcloth to give the counters and cupboards a wipe when I am done.
I start preparing dinner earlier too because you do not need to keep things like potatoes, rice, or pasta at a full boil to cook them. Bring them to a boil and set aside. Check them in 20 minutes and then bring back to the boil if necessary. This saves oodles in fuel costs. One pot recipes save time, fuel, and more fresh water for clean up so look for those the next time you're surfing the 'net.
It definitely takes less time to clean the inside of a boat than it does to clean the inside of your house. Wood floors can be swept, floor mats shaken outside, and a portable car vacuum plugged into the accessory socket from the battery does wonders for upholstery and hard to reach nooks and crannies. I love the smell of Murphy's Oil Soap on wood so it gets used often. Baking soda is my best friend for scrubbing the tough stuff and all cleaning materials that I use are environmentally friendly.
Laundry becomes a much lesser chore since you learned to part with a lot of your wardrobe before you moved on to your boat and became an expert at choosing, mixing and matching six different outfits out of four pieces of clothing for work in an office. I'm not even relegated to the Laundromat since I discovered my little Wonderwash portable washing machine. It uses no power, a small amount of water, and fits on my countertop - I never did such cheap laundry when I lived on land!
Three C's of day to day living - gotta deal with them, boat or no boat. But a little bit of planning and a relaxed Jimmy Buffett attitude can turn domestic chores into rituals of self indulgence when you choose the floating existence and call the ocean home.
Submitted by June Lazenby, sailor, gardener, almost obsessive nautical collectibles collector and webmaster at [http://www.nauticalheaven.com]
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Popeyes Store, Port of Everett-A live aboards Best Friend :)

Popeyes is a great little store down at the Everett Marina. Right now they currently reside in a building in the north marina, but soon they will be moving to the south Marina. Those of us that live on the south side of the marina are looking forward to this move because of the ease of location. But, they were not offered the most ideal location as the marina has ended their lease in the current location due to demolition. The new location will be in the old Marina office. This building is 3 stories which do not make it ideal for retail. The owners of Popeyes will do their best to accommodate everyone at their new location as they are great people and great store owners.
Here is a link to a video of the store in it's present location.

Oh, and folks, if you enjoy kayaking, Popeyes has all your kayaking rental needs!

A short film about living aboard a narrowboat

You may already own a boat and enjoy the relaxing lifestyle that boating allows. If this is the case you probably know a number of boaters who either live-aboard or spend their summers cruising for extended periods, sometimes months on end. When you see other people enjoying the long term boating life it's normal to feel a little jealous and to think 'what if...'
In many ways living on a boat full time is very similar to extended cruising. The big differences include the fact that most extended cruisers will choose any season but winter to go on their travels. For live-aboards, winter is a fact of life. It has to be dealt with and prepared for. Another big difference that affects full time live-aboards is that when they move away from a house and onto a boat, so much 'stuff' has to go. You have to make decisions regarding what you can take with you. Much will have to be left behind.
Something that should be considered before making the transition from house to boat, is your relationship with anyone that you are intending to move with. On a boat of a typical size, say around 40 feet and less, there is very little space for privacy. If your relationship with your partner is a little rocky in a house, it's unlikely to be improved in the confines of a boat. If you are strong together before the move you stand a much better chance, and so does your relationship.
I mentioned the dreaded word 'winter' earlier. It doesn't have to be bad news. Most modern steel and glass fibre boats are insulated from new. Living aboard an older steel or glass fibre that may be uninsulated could well be uncomfortable, or very expensive to keep warm. Older wooden boats are less of a problem in this regard. Wood doesn't transmit heat or cold as much as these other two materials and so is much easier to keep warm. My own boat, Cygnus Vedrae, is sixty years old, wood, uninsulated and very easy to keep warm in winter.
The main heating types.
Standard gas fire. Some modern gas fires for boats are outside vented. The older ones, of which there are still many, are not vented. This is the worst form of heating you could possibly have on a boat. Not only do they use a lot of gas, they also produce gallons of water which condenses everywhere, very uncomfortable when you're living on a boat.
Blown hot air. Many boats use this form of heating, and burn either gas or diesel. The heat from the fuel passes through a heat exchanger, the fumes are exhausted outside the boat leaving dry hot air inside. Another benefit of this type of heating is that it can also heat your on board calorifier, giving you plenty of hot water. Although this is a clean and comfortable heat, it is also quite expensive. Over recent years the cost of these fossil fuels has rocketed.
Solid and multi-fuel stoves. Without a doubt these are the most economical to run because it's never difficult to pick up free wood when you're afloat. They also produce dry heat and can also used to provide hot water for central heating and masses of hot water for the galley and shower etc. Since there are no moving or electrical parts they are also extremely reliable.The downside of this type of stove is that they do need to be cleaned out regularly and emptied. They are not as convenient as hot air heating but over the course of a winter you will save a small fortune in heating cost. They also provide a focal point in the cabin.
One last thing. Anything with the word 'marine' attached is generally more expensive. In many cases it's quite easy to safely adapt none marine products for use aboard.
Typical of items that do not necessarily need to be 'marine' include many electrical parts. In addition there is quite a lot of camping equipment that can be easily adapted. One of these items is the Cobb cooker. If you're living on a boat you're aware, for the most part, that the galley area is usually quite small. The Cobb cooker is very compact and is a multifunction fryer, oven, grill, BBQ and much more. It is easily and safely handled, even when lit, by one person. You may like to take a look at the link for more information.
Recipes and videos of the Cobb in action.
Stewart Haynes - EzineArticles Expert Author

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Power Boats and Living Aboard

It's funny how people dismiss the notion of living aboard a powerboat, or any boat for that matter. The room you have aboard is quite nice even on a 36' powerboat. A sedan/convertible gives you different levels and areas to hang-out, making it not only feeling spacious, but home-like. Let's see how it is laid out for your comfort inside and out!
Stepping aboard you will be in the aft cockpit area where you may have a BBQ and deck chairs, or a fighting chair (not with your wife or girlfriend) to go after those awesome fish! Other amenities may be found here which may include a wet-bar or entertainment center. From here you can go up forward and lounge on the foredeck reading or get a nice tan. Back in the cockpit you can head up to the Flybridge to relax or head out for a cruise, it's your choice.
Heading inside thru the sliding glass doors reveals your salon (livingroom) with a couch and chairs. This area is either carpeted or has teak and holly sole, with maybe a coffee table and some counters. There are big widows with curtains for plenty of light. Relax, read, watch TV in this very spacious area. For snacks or a big meal take a few steps down as you move forward and look for what you need in the Galley (kitchen). Eat on your Dinette across from your galley where 4 can easily fit. Your head (bathroom) is further forward and your stateroom (bedroom) is all the way forward with more amenities like a closet, drawers, TV, entertainment center, vanity and others to make your stateroom very comfortable. A lot of amenities vary aboard powerboats including the layout which is a personal preference, to air conditioning and heat! There are Trawlers, Houseboats, and many different type cruisers big and small to check-out.
You have everything you need aboard to make your boat your home. Easy living and if your career moves you, so can your home.....I mean boat! This 36' powerboat is like a small apartment, but could you imagine a 45' to 50' yacht? It is amazing what even a 2 foot larger boat can give you. Each weekend can be filled with different scenery as you venture to all the harbors around...close and far....it's like having dozens of mini vacations thru the year.
Living aboard a Powerboat is getting more popular and gives you that outdoors' life that everyone is getting into.....Enjoy....Sea-you on the water!
By Capt. Doug Malat
Douglas Malat is a Captain with 30,000 Offshore miles, Sailor, Powerboater, Scuba diver, and creator of YachtAuthority.com, a Website where you will find thousands of used yachts for sale, along with all kinds of Boating Accessories. Take a look...get that info you need!
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