I think many people have the idea that living on a boat and sailing is luxurious. In one sense it is – it is a huge luxury to take our floating home with us to visit new places. On the other hand, it has really made all of us appreciate things that we took for granted previously. A typical day includes fixing something that has broken, feeling pressured about getting into a port safely or making sure our anchor is holding so we don’t ruin our boat, spending a few hours attempting to teach the kids, cooking, cleaning, walking far distances and carrying heavy loads, and of course seeing and experiencing amazing things!
The other night at dinner, Grant said he was grateful we had drinking water, food, and a warm place to sleep. I am always especially thankful for being able to bathe and do laundry. These are things we think about daily. We need to make sure we have enough drinking water, cooking gas, dinghy gas, and diesel before we are away from a port with services/provisions for several days. We have limited space so we are grocery shopping about every 3-4 days. It’s a huge relief when we’ve found a safe place to anchor/moore/dock at night in a new place. We are always grateful for fair winds and following seas as these define our ability to enjoy our time at sea and at anchor. We are always making sure we aren’t using too much energy, especially on a cloudy day when our solar isn’t working at its best and give thanks for sunny days.
Weather is key to our existence on a boat. Recently there was a big storm coming and we decided to stop our journey south for a couple of days and the nearest port did not have moorings. We ended up having to dock at a marina that had all kinds of luxuries we are not used to. We had clean, fancy showers, a nice lobby to ride out the storm, free transportation to town so we didn’t have to walk miles, access to water to fill our tanks, drinking fountains with filtered water we could load up on, good reliable wifi (this meant the kids could watch a movie!), and a clean laundry facility. That brief stop really made us realize the little things we used to take for granted. I love that it is the kid’s new reality to be grateful for even the “little” things.
We are currently watching hurricane Matthew and we think we may need to head up the Hudson River and take cover next week if it continues up the east coast. We have been in 50 knot winds and it is no joke. The hurricane currently has 150 mile per hour winds. Let’s hope he heads back out to sea and dissipates soon.