Today I'm going to answer some of the great questions you asked in response to my video tour. Let's get started!
|One of my first CiL block drives|
Nicki asked: Do y'all live on the boat year round?
|Everything we own is with us on the boat|
Yes, the boat is our only home and we live aboard 24/365. The proof is in the photo above: a water resistant box that contains our income taxes and other vital paperwork! Pre-pandemic we would occasionally travel away from the boat for a week or so to visit family across the country.
Wendy asked: When the seas get rough, how do you stabilize the open bins, etc.?And Jennifer also wanted to know: What do you do in rough waters? I guess you batten down the hatches? If the rough seas are unexpected, does everything get tossed around?
|Built in glassware holders|
We try really, really hard to stay out of rough seas! One of my jobs is Weather Router and I spend a lot of time studying the weather forecasts to determine when it will be comfortable to be in open water. And when the boat is underway, we have stabilizing fins underwater that keep the boat from rolling. They sort of look like pectoral fins on fish. The fins don't work at anchor, though, and that's when we can get rolling motion. That usually happens when another boat goes by too fast and creates a large wake.
|Shelves with 3/4" deep fiddles|
|Non-slip mat under bins|
|Spring tension rod holding WIPs|
|Can't get any closer to downtown Savannah than that!|
|A rare quilt shop visit. Also: I wish I still had that skirt!|
Our stay in a given town is usually only a day or two and then we mosey on to the next place. The boat only goes about 6mph, so after a few hours of travel we might still be in the same county! It's really distorted my sense of distance, to be honest. When we visit our cousins in New Hampshire, I'm always a bit amazed that they are willing to drive 30 MILES just to have dinner with us. That's like, all day! Oh, wait. They have a car and take the freeway. Since we can go months without being in a car, sometimes the first ride at 60mph feels alarming, too. With the pandemic, we haven't been in a car since February. I hope my heart can handle the excitement after the vaccine.
|Our two scooters with their stuffed mascots. The one in front with Leopold the Tiger is mine.|
|A bunch of stuff under the helm, including an oxygen bottle for emergency medical care|
|Chart software showing water depth, current, large ships, deep channels, etc|
|Arnold the Anchor on his rusty pulpit|
|Open portlight hanging from small chain|
|Closed portlight sealed using black screw knobs at the bottom|
|Not sure why I'm saving all these|
|Many of my tools live in this hanging bag and are easily moved|
Nicki asked: Where's the farthest you've been from the states?
|The boat is somewhere behind me in the turquoise waters|
|We lived in this double decker bus for almost a decade|