We have officially been liveaboards for 2 weeks. Are we experts? NO. Do we have everything figured out? NO WAY. But we have had some unexpected challenges and obstacles come our way that we didn’t prepare for.
To start, EVERYTHING has changed. We live in a new type of home, in a different state, with a different routine. Not to mention we don’t have a working fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washer or dryer, or a functioning toilet. Did I mention some obstacles? To some these are essential items when moving into a new home. But now having some time to adjust, I am seeing them merely as luxuries. Do I miss some of these helping aids? YES. Do I need them? NO. A simple 5 gallon bucket and a plunger shall do just fine for washing clothing, and a bit more time re-learning how to NOT cook for an army of 10 will do the trick! (More on these topics in another blog post!)
Now back to our week; Within 2 days aboard Night Music our head (toilet) stopped working and began backing up.Could it have possibly been from toilet paper that was flushed and wasn’t supposed to be? Maybe, but who’s to say. Either way, it was a hassle and we were very thankful to be living in a marina, (for now) to have their facilities to use while we ordered and installed a new one. Poor Tyler, I bet that was a pretty ‘SHITTY’ job.
Next, our galley refrigerator isn’t keeping cool like it should be. We are debating on whether to spend the money to have someone fix it. Buy a new one and have to pay installation fees, or completely forego a new way of life without refrigeration. The last option is looking most appealing to us at this point.
Let the UNLOADING commence. We pulled a trailer to North Carolina, hauling all our things, now we had to unload it. After 20+ trips with a dock cart from the trailer to our boat. Gathering all sorts of personal belongings we thought we needed. Just to turn around and haul stuff back off the boat and onto the trailer again. When you have such limited space, you truly find what really matters to you, and realize that less really is MORE! And that letting go, is the most relieving thing you can ever do. (More on this in the future!)
This has not been an easy transition. From the kids completely changing their sleeping and waking hours, not being in their element, and learning the new expectations we have of them. To Tyler and myself having our own adjustment time we needed.
It felt like we were all running in different directions for the majority of the first week. As the second week is closing I can feel the energy calming. Each of us is a little more comfortable and a little more accustomed to life on a sailboat. (Now when we are at anchor, not having the marina to make life easier, then it will be a whole other learning curve.) But until then, we shall continue growing, learning, and loving this thing we call life aboard.
In the next few weeks, we will be taking on a few more projects. Getting a new stove and grill, putting up life line netting, figuring out how to keep these babies in their berths, and hopefully our new dinghy will be in! Until next time!
*What would be the hardest item for you to let go of if you drastically changed your lifestyle and had to downsize? Let us know in the comments below!