Jason and I certainly are not new to living aboard, but when we lived aboard Chance we didn’t have to report in for work on a daily basis. Boat work was our full time job. It was 24/7 of epoxy and Sunbrella (though, never together).
This time around we are working full time jobs AND trying to fit in a long list of boat projects in our spare time. This is proving to be much more difficult that we originally thought. Once we get home, walk the dogs and relax for just a minute it is already after 8pm. The lure of starting an “easy project” always wins, and I find myself up way past my bed time in order to finish it. Projects that we used to get done in a short time seem to take multiple weekends. Day to day life just gets in the way. It’s a constant battle between if I have enough clean socks or if I absolutely need to do a load of laundry. Sigh.
Another thing that is different this time is that we aren’t just interacting with boating people. Despite NYC being a series of giant islands (Staten Island and Manhattan are its own islands, Brooklyn and Queens are a part of Long Island, The Bronx isn’t an island but it has a lot of water around it), only a very small portion of the residents actually go out on the water. People just get lost in the concrete jungle-ness and really don’t explore much else.
When we have told a select few coworkers and friends that we live on a boat the reactions we’ve gotten have been really entertaining. We’ve gotten everything from the normal, “how do you go to the bathroom on a boat” to some pretty outlandish replies. In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite responses:
“Do you sail your boat to work everyday?” (Ed note: No, we take the Liberty Landing Ferry)
“You just live out in the open like that?” (Ed note: Apparently they think we live in a canoe)
“It must be hard to live in something so small, how do you do it?” (Ed note: Really? I spent four years living in a 244 sq ft studio apartment in Brooklyn. Living in a 3 bedroom/2 bath boat with SERIOUS storage is a piece of cake)
“That’s interesting. Is your boat like the Grand Banks?” (Ed note: Yes, that 142 ft hand-built wooden schooner turned outdoor oyster bar, just like that)
“Do you get seasick all the time?” (Ed note: Not a completely strange question, but no, we don’t. We barely move at all docked far up into the Morris Canal)
“What do you do when it gets really hot or snows?” (Ed note: We currently have water cooled AC/Heat on board but will be upping our heat options before the weather turns frightful)
“What happens when it rains? Do you just run to the car to stay dry?” (Ed note: No, we put out a few buckets to catch the water from the leaks we haven’t fixed yet and then open a bottle of wine.)
In general, people have been really supportive of our peculiar way of living. They think it is “cute” that we hated living back on land and while it may not be for them, they think its cool we’re going against the norm. All the sunset picks and skyline views we’ve been sharing on Instagram aren’t hurting our case either! What are some of the funniest comments you’ve heard from your land loving counterparts? Tell us below!