Originally Posted by N4061
While this may not come as a surprise to most live aboards I thought it was worth posting if for nothing else to remind those who did live aboard one of the advantages of this great life style. For the past 30 years Mary and I would normally stay away from the water on the three major summer holidays for the obvious reasons "crowds". Once we started to live aboard (part time) we really came to appreciate the ability to still spend time on the boat without having to venture out on the water if we didn't care to do so. Watching or participating in all the weekend celebrations at the docks was enough for us. So was the having the option of not feeling as though we needed to hurry to the boat to enjoy the time off work. Living aboard (part time) affords us the option of leaving or returning to the boat any time you want without feeling you missed out. Again this is nothing new or special to most people but rather a gentle reminder for those considering this great life style.
I have never been a great lover of any downtown/city areas- suburban or rural are more my cup of tea. I could stand to transit to a city, but close to live away from the madness.
When I became a liveaboard, I took a slip all of 100 steps from my office in Seattle. My demeanor changed- now holidays and all other days were great, because of being on the water. Now, being in the city is much different, as the world changes when in get on the dock and onto the boat. We can walk to great restaurants, various markets, or around the lake and not worry about traffic, one way streets, etc.
It's been 5 years, and the love affair has not ceased.