I’m writing this one early, (it’s Saturday), to be posted Friday.We’re going to be moving this week. I’m not sure exactly when this week, though. When this posts, I will either be doing the beginnings of working on the boat, or will be driving down. I’m hoping next week to have some video footage of the trip down.
I’m working on being able to do weekly posts in addition to any photography posts… being able to share more about my life. I have a reminder set on my photo for each Friday to blog. So, be forewarned. On that note, here’s what I’m thinking… I’m going to share every Friday little tidbits of my Key West, sailing, live aboard life… I’ll tell you about the good and the bad, the beautiful and the grimy, the similarities and the differences. I’m hoping to not only write and show photos, but also hoping to make videos of it too. Last time we were doing this, we met so many amazing people, and many thought we should “write a book” about out adventures. I never did, but figure this time, I will share via this blog; share with my family and with my friends, new and old.If you have any questions you would like answered, email them to me! I would love to know what people would like to know about it!
So, what’s this whole boat thing?
I have an obsession with “Freedom” which if you follow my blog you’ll quickly learn as I share more about me. (I’m even thinking about legally change my name, once my girls get a little older to Regina Freedom Marie.) I think one of the best ways to really describe it was already written in a speech given by (Captain) Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.
“It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is… what the Black Pearl really is… is freedom.“
A sailboat represents freedom in a way nothing else can. With 2/3 the world being made up of water, being able to use that water to travel provides innumerable opportunities, (and isn’t freedom about having opportunities?). In addition to that, a sailboat is even more flexible. With a sailboat, we are able to use the wind itself as propulsion. We also have available to us the use of engines as an auxiliary for of propulsion. (Once again, it’s about options.)
What’s living on a boat like?
The easiest way to describe it is like an RV. As such, it would make being in a marina like being at an RV camp, being on a mooring like being in a rustic camp, and being at anchor, (which I prefer) like boondocking. (Boondocking in an RV “camping” somewhere with no hook-ups, also known as dry camping. It’s usually done on public lands which are rural and undeveloped.)
As I mentioned, I prefer being at anchor. It reminds me of homesteading. We provide our own electric, (whether by solar, wind, water or generator). We bring water from shore. We have a septic tank called a “holding tank” on a boat, which we have to arrange to be emptied regularly. (You’ll also notice we have our own “boaty” words for things. )
So, living on a boat is halfway between camping and living in a house. It’s a more rustic lifestyle, and assists us in bother being more green and spending our resources more wisely.
This is just touching on a few of the words that are “different” by land and by sea.
Head – the bathroom and/or toilet.
Galley – the kitchen.
Salon – the main living area, like the living room.
Porthole – a boat window
Companionway -the companionway is the door into the boat.
Berth -a berth is a bed.
Cabin Sole – the floor inside the boat.