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Even the smallest anchorages can feel expanssive when all vessels stern tie. (Photo by Wilf Ratzburg)

Stern-tie angst

There are times, chatting with other cruisers, when someone says, sometimes as a confession, sometimes defiantly, that they don’t stern tie. You take a deep breath, or you don’t, depending on your nautical politics, and you ask: “Why?” The answer usually falls somewhere in between two responses, which can be loosely interpreted as: “it’s too […]

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Elea Acheson, carrying daughter LiLi, greets dock captain Ned Kohlhauff on the gangway. Acheson recognizes the sacrifices of living on a boat. For instance, late in her pregnancy, she could not use the boat’s small shower. But she loves the community and the lifestyle. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

‘Can people actually live cheaper aboard a boat?’

We recently came across this interesting article in the Seattle Times about live-aboard life in Seattle. With the city’s ever-climbing housing prices, boats are a more viable option than ever. From a boater’s perspective, though, “can people actually live cheaper aboard a boat?” Wannabe boat dwellers are waiting up to three years for a spot in […]

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