Liveaboard Lifestyle: Plans Can Change Quickly..

Miss lone Star Reaches FloridaWe’ve been living aboard our boat for 9 weeks and counting and we’ve learned that our plans change quickly with no notice.  For example, we planned to leave to anchor out yesterday morning.  We didn’t leave for an unknown reason but we though we would leave today.  It didn’t happen for some unexplained reason.  I don’t even know what we will be doing for the rest of the day but not to worry.  We don’t care.

Don’t worry, we haven’t decided to make any rash decisions like: living on dry land.  We love our life and wouldn’t change anything except being out alone more often.  We officially put our boat on the market yesterday and hopefully it sells.  We really want to get a trawler so we can use less gas and have more range and living space.  We are looking hard for a 3 stateroom model so we have a space for Aubrey’s Mom and our friends.  We’ve met a lot of friends who are teachers and the thought occurred to us that we could have people come out to tutor the kids and supplement their education.  We are not opposed to running some liveaboard charters or diving trips so the space could be really nice.  We are trying not to spend too much time browsing boats but we made an appointment to see a few tomorrow so we could get the feel for them in person.

We’ve all decided that we would love to make more of a long-term lifestyle of living aboard.  We’ve expanded our outlook to 5-7 years- at least.  It is impossible for any of us to think about what it was like to live in a big city house.  Our lives are so much better now!

I start my Instructor Development Course (IDC) for scuba diving soon and I will be pretty busy for a couple of weeks.  I look forward to getting certified to teach and doing a lot more diving.  A lot of our friends are planning visits.  Hopefully, they like close quarters.

Bonfire Grilling

On Tuesday afternoon, we took Miss Lone Star out for a much over due scrub down. In my humble opinion this is the best after school day EVER! Although as we gave the gal a little TLC there were many fix ups that I added to my mental check list, little things such as new cup holders, replacing a faulty wiper blades just to name a few. Among the things that where in need of repairs was our Magma BBQ grill, but as far as the kids and I were concerned this was a great excuse for Dad to build a small fire pit on a deserted little caye.

Mini BBQ pit

Mini BBQ pit

Robb and Blake collected drift wood and a few rocks to create the perfect spot to grill our chicken. We took the grills off of the Magma on the back of the boat and propped them in place with a few strategically placed stones, the side vegetables were wrapped in foil with olive oil and spices and placed directly on the fire.

Inventive

Inventive

Then we enjoyed the sunset together as a family as we sat around the smoldering beach bon fire, cuddled up on our towels and devoured our delicious dinner after a long afternoon of play.

Life is good

Life is good

We really can’t wait for summer to be in full swing!

The First Mate of Miss Lone Star

The First Mate of Miss Lone Star

We Got Rid of Our Nasty Old Boat Mattress!!

My wife will have to give up her big bed!

My wife will have to give up her big bed when we move onto Miss Lone Star!

People don’t often write about their bedroom (stateroom for snooty types) on the boat.  Call me crazy, but I want to have a marvelous bedroom on the boat.  I think a mattress is always a good buy, especially for a liveaboard boat.  I have to admit, the old one we had was comfortable to me and I sleep well.  Some would say that I don’t have high standards and my opinions don’t matter.  I am writing this for all those people out there who want to sleep in comfort.

Our boat came outfitted with the standard “deluxe” three inch mattress that is worse than I had in basic training.  The previous owner added a nice pad and likely didn’t spend more than two nights aboard.  I found myself waking up wondering if my lovely wife put a hurting on me in the middle of the night because of this little snoring problem I have?  I would wait for her to wake up noticing every little inch of her face so that I might detect any lingering smirk or funny look.  I repeated this each time we slept aboard and I concluded that she never laid a hand on me.  It must be that F$#@!!*&%! mattress! Enough was enough.

I researched custom mattress companies who make odd shaped beds for the boat.  I found one that I liked and I was both amazed an shocked that one could obtain a mattress made by measurements for about $800.  SOLD.  It was simple and easy, just like I like my mattresses.  We took measurements as the company required and emailed the specs to the firm, based in the United States.  They charge around $50 to ship it to the marina where my boat is parked in a sinking dry Texas lake.  Upon arrival, all I have to do is drag it to the boat or chance the cart ride.  I will be happy to throw the old one away when our new comfy plush mattress arrives in the next couple weeks.

The new mattress will be almost as thick as the one we have in our bedroom and the size, although shaped like a irregular polygon, is that of a queen.  It will more than suit our needs and keep us well rested for a long journey.  I recommend the company that we are dealing with and they have an exclusive marine division dedicated to those crazy enough to move their bedroom onto a boat.  We are doing a number of renovations or modifications to Miss Lone Star and this seemed like good upgrade.  Sweet dreams to me!

Captain of the Miss Lone Star

Captain of the Miss Lone Star