When you tell people you’re thinking of living on a boat, most will tell you you’re crazy. They’ll wonder how you could live in such a small space. They’ll tell you that they could never do it, but most will be secretly envious. Haven’t you ever dreamed of quitting your job, buying a boat and living the boating lifestyle for a while? Of course you have. There is just something alluring and romantic about the very idea.
However, anyone who has ever seriously mulled it over wonders if it could really be possible. After all, how will you take care of a boat? Where will you put it? What will you do with all your stuff?
Here in the Florida Keys it’s more common than you think. We definitely have the weather for it and there are marinas every where that cater not only to those who are at the dock, but also to those more adventurous souls that choose to “live on the hook” and use a dinghy to get back and forth from shore.
There are about as many reasons to live aboard as there are types of boats. There are those escaping the rat race who want to live a simpler life. Some who do it for the sheer economics of it and then there are those who don’t want to be tied to one spot and crave a life of adventure.
There is a sense of freedom with a boat that you just can’t get living on land. After all, the art of living well involves more than just nice accommodations and if you think all this sounds good and you might enjoy the feeling of the waves gently rocking you to sleep at night then living on a boat might be for you.
Is it so nice as all that?” asked the mole, shyly…
“Nice? It’s the only thing,” said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
“Simply messing…about in boats — or with boats… In or out of ‘em it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.”
“Look here! If you’ve really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together and have a long day of it?”
– Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Top 5 Reasons
- You can live anywhere. All it takes for a change of pace, (or to get some distance from those noisy neighbors) is to just pull anchor.
- You’ll feel more connected to the environment as the sea life becomes just a regular part of your day.
- You have an ocean view from every window.
- You’ll meet all kinds of people, many from different cultures.
- You can have a seafood dinner every night of the week.
- The swimming pool is always open 🙂