|This place sucks.|
I recently read a post on another blog that, I think, think, was written mostly in jest. It was a bunch of complaints about living aboard and, to be honest, they can be real challenges. It was an honest thing to do, to put that out there. It was titled,
"Liveaboard Hate: The top 10 things we hate about living aboard a sailboat in Seattle"
The 10 things they listed were:
- Laundry -- how they have to haul their laundry to what is sometimes a busy laundromat. They used to have a washer and dryer in their home.
- Lack of Galley Counter Space -- I did note in the picture that they have a galley larger than ours, with more counter space but, one whole counter is taken up by stored food, a toaster, and a full sized coffee maker. There is a lot of stuff in that galley.
- No Tub -- they used to have a tub in their home.
- Birds -- since their boat is outside the birds like to gather on the rigging of their sailboat and poop on the deck. Oh, and the Blue Herons are scary at night when they walk down the dock and don't see them until the big pterodactyls (as my friend refers to them) squawk and fly off. Yeah, they can spook you but, walk quietly and look around. You might be amazed by what you usually miss.
- Being asked, "Are You Going to Sail There" by people that don't know their boat moves at walking speed and takes a whole day to cover what a car can cover in an hour. You know, while they are *sailing*.
- Custom Work -- they don't like the fact that many things on a boat are more expensive and that, sometimes, you have to to have things made custom. Apparently you can't just go buy boat cushions at Fred Meyer. Who knew?
- No Room to Stretch -- boats, they say, are smaller inside than houses.
- Power Limits -- it is a great inconvenience that one cannot run their blow dryer, TV, computers, toaster and heater all at the same time. You know, like you can in a house.
- Boat Forums -- these are the places where you can't get an answer to your problem, like why you can't run the toaster, curling iron, and blow dryer all at the same time.
- Condensation -- boats can get damp inside if you don't have proper airflow. You see, if you have a closed container that is warmer inside than it is on the outside, and people are breathing and cooking on the boat, you get condensation. I wish I had paid better attention in science class in grade school.