How to Survive Your First 6 Months as a Liveaboard

We’re now 6 months into living aboard, and it’s going great. Basically all the things we expected to be great, are, and the cons are manageable. We feel more connected with nature, have fantastic views and sunsets on a regular basis, and enjoy a simpler life with less stuff.

What’s more is we discovered a wonderful community at Shilshole which gives it a neighborly feel we never had living in the city. Living in apartments and condos over the last 10+ years, the most interaction we usually had with our neighbors was a “good morning” as they tore their eyes away from their phones in the elevator. In apartments, though you’re close to many people, you really aren’t close with any of them.

At Shilshole we’ve done STYC’s Race Your House, hosted neighbors and trick-or-treaters on Halloween, and we know the names of most of the dozen or so people on our dock.

We’ve had a few logistical challenges which we didn’t expect. Much of the preparatory advice we heard focused on the obvious things (like the weather) rather than the practicalities (how to change your address, where to put stuff, etc).

The classic problems have been easily addressed for the most part. Rainforest-like condensation? Easily fixed. The cold, dark winter weather? Nothing you can really do about that but have a good attitude. But our heater has helped (more on that later).

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One Response to How to Survive Your First 6 Months as a Liveaboard

  1. Captain Jack December 13, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    Congratulations on making it to your first six months of living-aboard! You’re heading into winter which means slippery docks, frozen water hoses and/or pipes, snow on your sailing yacht, emptying out the dehumidifier, popping the circuit breakers because you’re trying to cook breakfast, making coffee, and heating the boat all at the same time, dreaded cold winter pumpouts, lack of dock parties, and… so on. Other than that, you’ll be in awe when your sailboat is covered with snow, and you can look out your window and watch the sunrise in beautiful reds and oranges as you sip that warm cup of battery acid. Whoa wait what?! Damn that’s some strong coffee! Awe that flavors of sailing coffee. 😉

    I’ve lived-aboard many boats over the years. My first was a 880 foot battleship called the Might Mo. I’ve since worked my way down to a 27 foot Catalina. Yeah, that was too small! I had wished I was quicker on the draw and got the Catalina 30. Perfect boat to liveaboard. I lived on one in Long Beach, Cali for about two years. Loved every second of it.

    Pro-Tip: Where to put stuff? I went out and rented a small storage unit from a locally owned business, and I would rotate my winter things with my summer things. Worked out great. I plan on buying a 20 foot shipping container and storing that somewhere. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper in the long run and you can have the container shipped to about anywhere in the world for about $500 to $1,000 dollars.

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