The Pros and Cons of Living on a Boat
If you would have asked me a month ago where I thought I’d be living by now, I would have never said “a boat”. I am lucky enough to have gotten the opportunity to experience the boat life and, although I was unsure at first, I love it. Living on a boat may sound like upgraded camping, and it kinda is, it has its pros and cons. You know… just in case you were considering. 😉
PRO: Waking up on the water, especially if it’s early enough when the water is still calm and the sun is just beginning to rise over the city skyline. There is usually a bit of haze around the city, so as the sun comes up the city creates this magical, misty silhouette. This is by far my favorite thing about living on a boat. There is something about the peacefulness of the water, the cool ocean air and the golden glow of the sunrise that makes me gaze at the horizon in wonderment.
PRO: Killer sunrise also means killer sunsets. As the sky gets painted with luscious hues of yellow, pinks, oranges and even purples, the water equally reflects the magic that is taking place above.
PRO: Small space equals minimal things. Living in such a small space definitely reflects what is important in your life. All I have with me is a duffle bag of regularly worn clothes and bathroom items, my computer, camera and my journal.
CON: Paying for a storage unit. Where is it really nice living in a small space and needing very little, paying for two storage units to store all the rest of my stuff is kind of a downer. The upside of it though is when it comes time to unpack the units, I’ll have a much clearer vision of what’s important and what’s not.
PRO: Being gently rocked to sleep. I have experienced some of the best nights of sleep while on the boat and I strongly believe that it’s the gentle rock that does it, which you don’t feel at all when you are actually in the boat.
PRO: The interesting wildlife. While one may think that there aren’t that many animals living on the docks, they are surprisingly full of life. There is a heron that hangs out who tries to blend in with the tall cement pillars. We believe he thinks he’s hiding but we’ve got him figured out. We’ve named him Harold. Harold has a bird friend that I couldn’t even begin to describe. He isn’t like anything I’ve ever seen and he only hangs out at night. Of course there are the seagulls, whose constant chatter can be heard throughout the day, ducks, the occasional jumping fish and the mysterious glowing sea creatures… yep… it’s a mystery to us all.
CON: The stinky bathroom. I’m living on a 36 foot boat, so you can imagine that scent travels. The tanks are a little old so they have a interesting smell. Plus having to walk up to the dock every time you’ve got to go number two isn’t the most exciting thing, but it could be worse.
PRO: Friendly neighbors. People who live on their boats seem to share a common understanding. Everyone says hi, holds gates and doors open for you and waves as you drive through the parking lot. It’s like a super small town, except on water.
PRO: SAILING!!! I am lucky enough to have a friend who loves to take his boat out on the water. I’ve always had an interest in learning to sail and I think my time has come to learn. It’s really rad to be sitting in the middle of the harbor on your home.
I’d say by the looks of it the pros out way the cons. Maybe not for long term but living on a boat can be a great option if you are transitioning. Life is always full of surprises, I think that in most cases if someone got an opportunity to live on a boat they wouldn’t take it. That maybe they would look at all the bad things about it before really giving it a chance. Just like camping isn’t for everyone, the boat life isn’t for everyone. I didn’t think it was for me… but all of that has changed. I guess it was just a lesson for me in trusting what was being handed to me, to step out of my comfort zone and take a chance… and it all worked out (as it always does). At the end of the day pros and cons are just perspectives. So if you ever get a chance to live on a boat, jump aboard, you may find a new outlook on life.