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What to Expect When Living on a Boat

Updated on February 8, 2010

 Living on a boat can really be a great deal of fun as long as you go into it with the right frame of mind and you aren’t afraid of a little water.  Seriously though, some people think they are going to love living on a boat at the thought of it only to find out just how terrifying it is to rock back and forth on the water during a storm when trying to sleep at night.   And still others even find that living on a boat is just too isolating for them, even when traveling to neat destinations on the boat.  But then there are those who absolutely love living on a boat where they can be out in the open at any given time.

 Even though the space can be a little confining in a boat, even families love living together onboard.  No matter how much you like to adventure, there may be things that are just too different from living in a traditional home to make you feel comfortable.  For example the dishes have to be cleaned as you go, there simply isn’t room on a counter or in a dishwasher.  Most things have to actually be strapped down into place, especially things you won’t be using very often.

 You also won’t be seeing anything special when it comes to the bathroom, you’ll more than likely find just enough room to get the job done with little room spared for any luxury.  Being pretty limited as it is for 2 people, you could imagine just how cozy things would be for a small family of 3 or 4.  So if you plan to live on a boat with your family, it’s advised that you are close knit and enjoy spending a lot of time together.  There are some great things about living on a boat such as the money you would save on power, water, heating and other expenses that usually come along with living in a traditional house.

 You don’t have to worry about phones, television and computer use either because you have satellite and phone options to meet any need you might have.  Something that is important when living on a boat is to have communication tools available even when traditional land line phones and mobile phones won’t work.  Finally, make sure all the water rules are known, understood and followed when out there on the sea, another thing that can help save lives.

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