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What is your view on boaters? Some people automatically associate boating and drinking.
I lived onboard for 7 years with my family and the questions we use to get would make you look at the person asking them as if they had 2 heads.
I think living on a boat would be fun but I'm too much of a earth child to leave the land. As long as law are obeyed and the wild life are not getting hurt by the boats themselves I don't have a problem with it. What is living on a boat like though?
More so sailing is associated with drinking than general boating. I recently spent a week on a boat in the Caribbean, great experience, but when the seas get rough its hard to sleep in the lower cabins
My husband and I are considering buying and living on a sailboat. I think the reason drinking and boating are associated is because of the 'weekend boaters'. Those that have or rent a boat (gin palace) for the weekend. They give others a bad name.
My view on boaters would be: Free spirits and self- reliant.
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!
Our favorite time of year was during the winter, the summer/weekend boaters were gone the marinas quited down and it was just the live aboards. If you made it through the first winter you'll make it another, after figuring the heating system that worked best for your boat things got comfy. Outside there was ice in the harbor but inside the boat it was at least 70 degrees friends were all around with the same passion for boats. At first my wife took it day by day now that we've moved back on the land, we both would do it again in a heart beat but for now we'll save our boating for days we can get away from work and go there to relax which doen't include getting drunk and forgetting the pleasure of being onboard. It isn't that hard to afford a boat when it's your home it's like paying a mortgage one way or another you gotta pay for where you live. It was a great way of life and friends came quicker than living on land, friends that were other boaters no matter their financial situation we all had a common ground and joined each other for dinner on the pier, hanging out on the docks & helping each other out with issues on boats, I learned a LOT about boats living onboard.
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