Living aboard a boat?
I didn't sleep much last night. So, for a while, I thought, "If I could go anywhere and do anything, what would I do?" So, assuming money is not an issue, and I continue to be single, or actually found a woman who understands and shares my dreams... never have yet... and I had say, 5 years to plan and make it happen... what would I do? Well, if I have a big farm/ranch by then, I wouldn't have many options. Hopefully I will. But, I thought it through and I really have no reason to be anywhere. I'm self employed and can take my job with me. My last 3 family members are elderly. I have no friends... haven't for almost 20 years (long story, but lets just say it can be very lonely to be Catholic in rural NC... most folks, if they care enough to bother, want to tell you you are going to Heck and plenty would gladly help you get there). Beyond that... well, I'm not super optimistic about America's political, economic and societal future. So, I began wondering if I could live on a boat. I ended up making designs for solar and wind power systems, bio gas, small greenhouses, little chicken coops, black soldier fly feeders, water desalinization, below deck grow lights... calculating how many gallons of wine I'd need to make on board per year... and yeah, I could get really excited about designing such a self contained, regenerative living space... and I probably love to fish more than just about anything.... winter near the equator, summer up around Nova Scotia... maybe buy a few acres to hunt in Maine and Louisiana...explore the islands, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, South America, Alaska... maybe I could even figure out how to visit my old, seemingly lost friend in Odessa.... who knows. Diesel is cheap, wind is free and biogas comes from a composting toilet.... and I have a certification in biogas. I'd need to take some marine electronics and engine repair, etc classes, and actually spend some time learning to sail and navigate.
So, has anyone here ever lived on boat? What was the worst part about it? What am I missing? Pirates? Corrupt governments? Price gouging in bad situations?
This Week's Leaders
- All Categories
- 34 Our Front Porch Welcome! (Please Read Before Posting)
- 27 Introductions & Region-Specific Discussions
- 355 Educational Opportunities & Resources
- 460 Current Events & Breaking News
- 49 Emergency/Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency
- 1.4K Our Garden: Growing Food
- 1.7K Our Apothecary: Natural & Home Medicine
- 516 The Back 40: Animal Husbandry & Harvesting
- 40 The Bush: Wild Game and Survival
- 528 Our Kitchen Table: Food Prep
- 396 The Homestead: DIY
- 1.2K Personal Journals
- 106 The General Store: Sell, Buy, & Barter