We’ve been asked to explain how it’s like to live aboard a boat. How we solve the practical issues like dishes, showers and laundry. And how we manage to get a long in such a small space.
It’s quite ordinary to live like this in one way, and convenient every thing you need is within an arm lengths reach or at least not further away than 10 big steps. On the other hand it can be considered crazy as many people think of their living area the bigger the better.
A day in our life can be like this:
8 am, waking up and making oatmeal breakfast and coffee, Pelle is playing on the floor with his blocks.
9 am, playing for a while before we get some clothes on, freshen up for the day and do the dishes.
9.30 am, start the day with some errands and fresh air. Take a walk or go to the playground.
10.30 am, some snacks and Pelle is off to sleep. Maybe we take a rest with him.
12, time for lunch, cleaning and do the dishes.
1 pm, do some boat work, clean the inside, fill up the water tank and check out the rigging. This means playing time for the youngest in the crew.
3 pm, preparing dinner and giving some fruit to Pelle, banana is the favorite.
4.30 pm, dinner and dishes.
5.30 pm, take a walk or go to visit friends.
7.30 pm, time to give Pelle something to eat and put him to bed.
8 pm, mummy and daddy is drinking some tea and sums up the day. And do some work on the boat that needs the attention of two people.
11pm, sleep tight
Since we have a docking spot just by the water and electricity on the bridge, it’s easy to have both warm water for showers and dishes, So these things are easily taken care of. The shower is made possible when it’s placed inside the toilet, in these cold conditions up north we’re glad for this. Laundry is made possible by all our loved relatives and friends who’s offering us the possibility to wash our clothes while we have a coffee and some “shit-chat”. I think the fact that they get to spend time with our little one is the reason. 😜
The maintenance of the boat never ends, its always something to be adjusted or fixed. Now we are giving all the attention to the engine, which is disassembled into bits and pieces. But it’s a lot of stuff to take care of… We do need to climb the mast to overlook the cable who’s stuck in the lazy jacks, I have some waxing to do on the deck and the logotype has arrived so it needs to be mounted on the stern.
Our relationship is sometimes put to a test, with a small space and tools all over and a soon to be one year old who thinks he should be with his father in the engine room. Is in constant need to be looked after and we as adults really need to overthink where we put the stuff used for the renovation. Diesel and motoroil is nothing for a baby to play in.
We manage, and Pelle is a happy boy. We activate him daily so he can exercise his skills in crawling and standing so he will get the thing with walking when he’s ready.
When we set the sails, it has happened one time yet this season. We place Pelle in a chair that we fixed in the cockpit in his life jacket and safely belted when we do have to attend the navigation both of us. When its calm we let him play in cockpit carefully overlooked by both of us.
Amie is not fitted to single handed sailing, where one person can manage all the sails by him self, so to set the main sail (the big one on the mast) one have to get up on deck and hoyst it, we will refit her and make it possible to sail her short handed, since it’s a lot safer to manage from the calm of the cockpit than to walk around on deck in windy conditions. We are lucky to have the genua on a furl which means we are rolling it out with sheats, one on each side of the boat. Other ways is to hoyst the genua by hand from the deck, this has the positive aspect that you can change the sails with the furling system you’re stuck with the one you’ve got.
Life on a boat isn’t always easy, but it’s no harder than a life ashore all you need is to do some more planning and to be a little organized.
Hope this make sense and put our life into perspective.