Five Things We Miss About Living Aboard


As we sit here counting down the seconds until winter is over, Jason and I were reminiscing over how much we miss living aboard. I have to admit, it isn’t something I expected to miss. I thought that it would be too difficult to live aboard while also working a corporate job in NYC. I just wanted to make our life up here as easy as possible. So, we moved into an apartment. It was the normal thing to do, what was expected. And guys, we hate it. I mean, we don’t like anything about it. Who would have thought?

Living aboard is awesome, and here are the top five (plus a bonus) things we constantly find ourselves missing (in no particular order):

1. The first thing that we really miss about living aboard is the actual sailing. We’re not even in the same state as our boat right now and it really sucks. We miss the wind in our hair, and just being able to raise anchor and go where ever our hearts desire. Sailing is really fun (but you probably already know that if you are reading this blog) and we really miss it being a part of our every day.


2. One the most magical parts of living aboard is gently being rocked to sleep each and every night by the (hopefully) gentle wake of your anchorage. Granted, there are times when the water is a bit rough, but I honestly haven’t had a good night’s sleep since I’ve been back. I’m constantly woken by the rain freaking out that the hatches are still open or wondering why someone is screaming at me from outside. Don’t they know to anchor farther away from me? I’m always sad when I realize that I don’t even have hatches and all my windows are closed. Oh, and the yelling is just from inconsiderate New Yorkers out partying all hours of the night.

3. Sailing is by no means simple (complex systems, confusing electronics – we still can’t figure out the wifi antenna!), but one of the things we miss about living aboard is the simple way of living. There is only so much room for “stuff” and we truly find ourselves not even wanting said “stuff” when we are living aboard. Life on land is all about accumulating things. It is all “buy this ottoman with storage inside,” and “Get these fancy plates for one meal a year.” On a boat all your furniture is built in, and everything on your boat has multiple purposes.

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4. My all time favorite part about living on a boat is watching the sunrise. It is so peaceful. I have honestly seen some of the most beautiful and serene scenes during this time. Jason and the dogs would all still be fast asleep and it would just be me, my coffee and a glorious show. It is amazing.

5. The fifth thing we really miss about living aboard is a general awareness. An awareness of your footprint on this earth, an awareness of the ecosystem around you. You see first hand how much water you really need and how much trash you make. It is truly eye opening.

Bonus: Jason really – REALLY – misses all the tinkering. If you don’t like how something works or is set up on your boat, change it. Make it exactly how you want it. If you don’t have enough power, figure out how to make it. Living on a boat keeps your mind active and keeps your hands creating.

Just typing these things out has me anxious to move aboard again. Is it summer yet? What is your favorite part about living aboard?



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  1. Awww…I totally know this feeling having taken several extended breaks from cruising (cough, cough…babies!)…what I *can* tell you, is that the breaks go by fast!! You’ll be back out before you know it – and if we ever meet up, Jason and Scott can “tinker” all day together (err….wait a minute…that sounded weird – ha!)…looking forward to when you get your new boat – that will be a whole new whirlwind of excitement and adventure!

  2. We’ve been cruising and living-aboard for close to 15 years now and I’d have to say that the number one thing I love the most about it is independence. Not only because having a boat allows us to come and go as we please (there is that, though) but because it gives us the opportunity to live self-sufficiently – I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

  3. The thing we enjoy the most about living aboard is the impromptu conversations with other boaters as we meet on the dock or pass by another boat. We thoroughly enjoy the social aspect of a marina or anchorage.

    It is amazing to us how many people can live in a city and go the entire day without having a conversation. I don’t mean a casual hello, nod of the head or polite banter. I mean a meaningful conversation for more than five minutes where both people take time out of their day to converse.

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

  4. I got back on land in October or November and until I read that I thought I was crazy, and I’m still working on the boat when I have time off from work! I’m still a river cruiser until we get he ready, but still..

  5. Ps. Mark and Cindy’s post says it all,I was at work when I first posted, but yes, that is the best description of some of the things I miss and I can’t wait to get back to my new friends down south and good times! 🙂

  6. What Mark and Cindy said. Oh, and I like that I can always see Keith no matter where the two of us are in/on the boat. I find it comfortable, not crowded.

    Hoping spring finds you soon!


    • Thanks Joe! It will be bittersweet to say goodbye. We’ve certainly had our tough moments with Chance, but we really do love her!

  7. Ha if it was not the middle of the winter here in pei canada id buy her in a heartbeat and run her back to the bahamas today ahha.. 80cms of snow yesterday here and another 55 on the way XD.

  8. We’re only 4 weeks into this whole full time live-aboard thing – and I have to agree, it’s pretty fantastic! Both still working, so while that IS a challenge, it is completely do-able. Good luck on the new boat – and hope you’re back on board asap 🙂

  9. We’ve been having some sttihy weather here too. Not cold , but cool, definetly not hot. Can’t go to the pool. It was 81 here today, but windy as hell.