Everything Has Changed!

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.

20170307_091657To 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!)

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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.

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Notice the hailing port?!

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!

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17 thoughts on “Everything Has Changed!

  1. Hello Wind Swept Gypsies from Grand Junction…I spent my teenage years racing sailboats on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. I don’t see any life preservers on the children and the blog is all about living in a small space. Tell me about the safety arrangements for the children. Have you had sailing lessons? Do you have charts for the journey or have you had Power Squadron certification. Hope you will all be safe on the open sea as you continue your journey! Linda Reinert Orchard Mesa GJ CO

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    1. Thank you for following along. We take safety very seriously and are taking all the necessary precautions. We are currently living in a marina and will be gaining even more sailing knowledge over the next few months before we head to the Caribbean.
      Again thanks for following our journey!

      ~WG~

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  2. Read about you in the paper this morning and just wanted to let you know that we came west from New Bern and had our boat at Northwest Creek Marina when we lived there through the 90’s. We also sailed the route out to Bermuda and then down to the Virgins so we have experienced a whole lot of what you will be going through. We would be happy to share some of that with you, all be it that things have changed in the last 25 years since the Caribbean was our sailing pond. Jan and Ginny Potterveld, boat Hans Christian 38 Mk 2.

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    1. Wow! Sounds like a great life you’ve had! Excited to continue on our journey and see where it takes us! Thanks for following along, we would love to keep your contact in mind as we set sail this fall.
      ~WG~

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  3. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. We miss Tyler here at the coal mine. Daryl is grumpier without him here 🙂
    Have fun, be safe, give thanks, and keep your eyes on the prize. God bless your journey!

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    1. Hey there!
      Good to hear from you. Tyler has found that I am a pretty tough ‘boss’ and is missing everyone from work. 😉 We are loving getting everything together and feel blessed in this journey thus far. Hope the family is doing well, and you have gotten some time to take that bike for a spin!

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  4. Ahoy, and Aloha from GJ! I lived aboard USS Reuben James (FFG-57) for 18 months, but that was on the Pacific side of things. Whichever ocean you’re on though, there is really nothing better than being at sea if you ask me. But then again, I’m biased…I’m a two-time shellback!

    Anyway, I envy the four of you (and worry a little for you too!). The sights you’ll observe at sea will be forever etched in your collective memories: bioluminescent algae and jellyfish flashing like lightning just below the surface as your keel moves through their space; schools of dolphins following you and keeping you company for miles and miles; seemingly the entire surface of the ocean lifting up all at once and taking flight (a school of flying fish); water spouts; and on and on and on!!! Some of the most peaceful moments of my life were spent on the “poop deck” just watching the world pass by (very slowly).

    Anyway, I’ll try to keep abreast of your journey, so be sure to post often! For now (even though you’re not yet anchors aweigh and underway just yet), “fair winds and following seas!”

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    1. Ahoy!
      First we want to start by saying, thank you for your service! And that we are happy to see you have found your way to our site! The memories that you have mentioned are one of the reasons we are starting this lifestyle and can’t wait to make those same memories with our children!
      Hoping to also get some video content out to everyone as we sail more and begin our journey south.
      Thanks for following along!!
      ~WG~

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  5. Hi – We read about you in the GJ newspaper and just wanted to tell you we spent 9 winters on our boat traveling up and down the Pacific side of Mexico. We started in California and sailed down – much like you – did not know much – but learned through the school of hard knocks (and some luck) and absolutely had an amazing experience. Sailing is wonderful and we can recommend Mexico without hesitation – amazing friendly/helpful people – don’t believe what you read in the media. If you need some advice we would be glad to try to give it. All the best, Larry and Fran Brown

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  6. So funny to read about you four. We a family of five are doing the same thing for many of the same reasons. Your probably 4-5 months ahead of us. We will be following along.
    Cheers
    SailingWindanSea

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  7. Hello again,
    Our plan is to purchase a catamaran or monohull in 4 months. If it’s a cat, we will likely start out from the BVI. If it’s a monohull and we get the aluminum hull, we will be starting from the east coast. We say 4 months because we want to spend time with our families in Colorado before we dip the keels.
    Yes, we will blog it also. Check out Sailing WindnSea at http://www.sailingwindnsea.com.

    I’ll bet we run into you all somewhere 🙂

    Cheers

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    1. Thank you for writing in! It is always fun to hear from like minded people. We visited your site! Looks great! Interesting boat you are looking into. Our search started with big boats also. Long term cost, difficulty handling a large boat and complicated systems ultimately led to us picking the smallest boat we could comfortably fit on. We finally settled onto a Tartan 37. Not to mention the many long time liveaboards we talked to warning us about big boats being the demise of so many trying to make the switch. Our backup plan was a Whitby 42. One person you should definitely talk to is Donny Helbich. He was a Colorado native and our yacht broker, he raised his three boys on boats and was a tremendous help and inspiration. Perhaps he can help you find the right boat. You can find his contact information here http://www.neptuneyachtsales.com/our-team.html
      We don’t know your financial circumstances or lifestyle choices but remember, less is more in this lifestyle! Good luck to you and hope to see you in the near future.

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