Dec 27

You Know You are a Liveaboard Cruiser When…

People ask you what you are doing tomorrow and you tell them you are making water and you do exactly that (run the water maker)

People ask you what your plans are for the next few hours, days, weeks and months and you struggle to answer their question

People ask you what your address is so they can mail you something and you say you don’t have one

Your friends come and visit and their suitcases are stuffed with boat parts and various other sundry goods, like a stethoscope and oversized Channel-lock pliers

You announce you are travelling back home and your friends ask you to carry letters for you to mail

You announce you are travelling back home and your friends ask you to bring boat parts back in your suitcase

Your favorite books are the ones that include “cruising guide” somewhere in the title or description

You get your books from a book swap at the laundry and they are at least 10-20 years old

If you find a newer book at the book swap that appeals to your taste, you feel like you have won the lottery

You arrive in a new travel destination and your first questions are “What channel is the cruiser’s net on and at what time?”

The next order of business at a new travel destination is studying the bus schedules

Many of your close friends are the ones you meet on the bus

You refer to your friends by the name of their boat, as in “Oh yeah, we met Last Tango, they were with Aphrodite when we were with Wakataitea” and that seems totally normal to you

Instead of business cards and phone numbers, you swap boat cards and MMSI numbers

You can recite intricate details about your boats’ reliance on energy and usage, including watts and amp hours and are well versed in energy sources, such as solar, battery, and wind

You spend an inordinate amount of time researching, buying and using local SIM cards minutes and data; and can discuss the ins and outs of each carriers pros and cons, including both local and plans from home

Purchases are planned in advance based upon the islands ahead in the itinerary

Restaurant and bar selections are limited to those places that provide fast and free wifi

When questioned on recent popular culture and TV shows, you draw a blank stare and have no idea what is being discussed

When invited to dinner as guest, you take a box of wine as a hostess gift, also known as “Card Bordeaux” (say it out loud)

You spend at least 1-2 hours per day studying the weather

Ice is a luxury item

You have to explain repeatedly how your dog does her business on the boat when she is not allowed ashore

When you get tired of the neighborhood you pull anchor and move to another location

You only get seasick on land

Christmas presents include hiring locals to do interior yacht cleaning, varnishing, sewing, and other items you are glad to outsource. It’s the one time of year when you can find an excuse to justify the expenses.

The only personal gifts you want for Christmas and birthdays are things you can download

You get extremely excited when you see a boat anchor nearby with people that you know

When you pull into an anchorage you are mentally surveying the landscape for boats you recognize

When visiting a land head ashore you try to figure out where to throw away the toilet paper (we don’t put TP in the boat’s toilets for fear of creating a blockage)

You take all the packaging off while still in the store prior to hauling it home to save on space and reduce trash on the boat
While disposing of your garbage at the trash dumpster you select a few discards that will come in handy for an envisioned project

Chores take twice as long considering you have to dismantle the settee and other areas of the boat to access the items you need, and then you have to put it all carefully back in place

Doing ‘yard work’ includes scrubbing the sea growth and barnacles off the bottom of your boat

Nobody raises an eyebrow when you say you are going to spend the day cleaning your bottom

The evening’s entertainment after a day of boat chores consists of happy hour in the cockpit, securely anchored, watching the nightly spectacle of the late arrivals anchoring as you play armchair critic of the events


    • sybil and rick on December 27, 2017 at 10:25 pm
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    It’s a different world on the sea. Thanks for the update.

    • Dennis Bare on December 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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    Thanks for the inside look of a cruiser. Wishing you and Mike a Happy New Year!!

    • Tina DeLeonardis on January 1, 2018 at 7:03 am
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    Gigi and Mike, sounds like you both are having the time of your life out there. Thank you for your kind words about Burnt Store Services. We want to buy a trawler and take a couple small trips. We’ve met so many wonderful people and pets with BSS. I will miss them all. Maybe, just maybe we’ll run into you somewhere out there! Let us know if you hear of any used 40′ trawlers, single engine at a good price! Love reading your blogs!!!! You both really inspired us. I hope Jasmine is hanging in there. What a doll! Happy New Year to you both!

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