i can't afford to own a boat, but if i could i think it would be fantastic fun. i have had a few friends over my lifetime who did own boats, and it is always so fun to go out boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, tanning...anything really. it is so relaxing and tranquil. we didn't drink, and we always used safety precautions (sunblock, life jackets, etc.) i'm not sure i would be overly fond of living on a boat for 7 years, but i supposed i could get used to it if i had to. blessings!