“It gets worse before it gets better,” said Luke from the boat yard as we wandered over to the water’s edge. I stared down into a massive hole in the back deck of our floating home. It’s a huge new access point for the engine, batteries and water tanks. It’s the first step towards making […]
It’s July and that means we’ve now reached 10 months of boat ownership and 7 months of liveaboardship. To mark these inauspicious occasions, I’ll share some details and ramblings about our river life, close-up. It’s also an excuse to share some pics from my new 85mm lens, truth be told. The gosling (alarm clock) During March, […]
Hello. Its been a while since I’ve scribbled our latest #boatlife news, so I’ve accumulated a few stories: 1) a tale about the homely influence of hot water; 2) musings of jigsaw-esque space-saving storage beds; and 3) a report on how a garden tool pipped a fast-running river.
It’s been 60 days since we became bonafide Liveaboards. In that time, I’ve snapped a zillion sunrises and endured zero hot showers.
We’ve had a few dark times and a terrible run of luck over the past month. I couldn’t bear to write a ‘we’re still working on it’ blog post, so I waited. But I’m not waiting anymore. Because – hip, hip, hooray! – last Friday we kept our appointment with the crane.
We’re in our ninth week of boat work. NINE WEEKS. Even while channeling my best devil’s advocate, I would not have believed we’d still be out of the water.
Last week and this week the major work started. Hooray! When I say the major work, I mean the top priority, foundational and expensive stuff involved in A) not sinking, and B) not dying.
This week we continued our quest to learn and gather quotes for the big boat jobs. We also bought a car, moved to a new Airbnb apartment (AGAIN), tinkered about on Odin and barbecued with our new island neighbours.
My friend Jamie reminded me of an old saying: “the two happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it”.
On Friday the 19th of August at precisely 17:25 in the year 2016, the stars aligned and we agreed to buy our first ever houseboat, Odin. It was an overwhelmingly happy moment, the culmination of 3 years dreaming and searching.