Our dreaming never ends! Now we want to experience tiny living on a boat.
I think we’re now wanting to head to the ocean because we have never been so far from it as we have the past two years. Michael and I have been together since the year 2000, and we have always lived in a city where we could access the beach in 10 mintues if not walk across a parking lot to get to the sand.
When Mike and I met, we lived in Los Angeles. We got married, moved up to San Francisco, bore our munchkins, and bought our bus when living there. In Tampa, we converted the bus before moving to Washington, D.C. The Pacific or Gulf of Mexico was always within reach and we took its soothing presence for granted.
Looking for Water
Now that we’re in the nation’s capital we have to drive 2 hours to get to the Atlantic. Sure, there is the Potomac River that runs through it, but it as a body of water does not have the same magnitude as the Gulf of Mexico nor the Pacific Ocean. The Chesapeake Bay does have Sandy Point State Park that has a beachfront, but we haven’t traveled the 1 hour it takes to get there. This might be our saving grace while we dream of sailing and living on a boat. In the meantime, we hear the sirens calling and are getting antsy.
Besides learning how to sail, what do you suggest we do in preparation for our desired lifestyle so far into the future? Respond in the comments below with your ideas and advice. We surely do appreciate it!
Michael researched the best motor vehicle to get for our home on wheels and we chose a bus. Now we are in the market for home on keels and again Michael extensively reviews of what type of boat our family will enjoy. I was afraid at first that he was looking for a boat to renovate from the keel to the mast. I would do it, no doubt, but I’m getting too old to renovate a structure and I had imagined that the last physical effort I would make would be building the house in which we retire.
Imagine my relief when he said he wanted to buy a boat already built for living!
How Many Keels
He suggested a catamaran and honestly, I didn’t know the benefits of either a multi-hull or mono-hulled boat. As he did with the bus, he threw around the word “safety” and I was SOLD on the catamaran’s being the better option. Our expert friends have said that the luxury of the catamaran sacrifices the speed of the boat. This doesn’t bother me because I imagine our family toodling slowly around the Caribbean instead of racing across the Atlantic.
I have been on a catamaran before when I went on a day excursion with my dad in the Mexican Riviera, but the kids just recently tried one in D.C.’s Tidal Basin.
Ok, this isn’t the size of boat we’re thinking of, but it is a double-hulled boat. Feel free to correct me in the comments because we can use all the help we can get.
We are now researching which catamaran will satisfy the entire family’s needs. Simone will be a young teenager when we set adrift; she’ll need her own space to which she can retreat. Lack of experience does not give us the insight into the layout intricacies of the galley, salon, bedrooms, and the helm. But Time allows us to make a thoughtful decision as important as where and how will we live next. We will read, hopefully set sail in a beginner course, and daydream at sailboats near our campground.