Michelle flew back from Florida yesterday,coming in with about 250 lbs of luggage for the us and the boat … add that to the 300 lbs I brought and the 700 lbs they brought when the entire family came down, we are a much heavier boat.
I’ve been thinking on how to explain where we live, while most of you will have an idea of what boat living may be like, I think that unless you are put in the situation, it is hard to really grasp the nuance of it. We live (all 7 of us), in the equivalent of a small 2 car garage, or about 500 sq ft. Think of that … move your family into your garage … in our garage we have 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a kitchen, a patio, a living room and an office area.
I that garage we have all the food, clothes, toys, electronics that you would need to live. In that garage, we have 2 large truck engines, a generator, 4 tanks totaling 400 gal of diesel, 2 tanks totaling 200 gallons of water, 4 tanks totaling 80 gallons of sewage. We have 5 air conditioners, 14 pumps, 300 ft of chain and 2 large anchors.
In our garage we carry 7 scuba tanks, 3 full set of dive gear, 11 snorkeling sets, an inflatable kayak, a 10ft dinghy (our car), 6 pool noodles, 8 large fenders (for protecting us when we are docked), 2 portable coolers, 4 boxes of spare parts (for pumps, engines, etc). We just got 4 fishing rods (thanks Grandpa) and a new grill
We have a pantry, 2 refrigerators, a stove, microwave, school closet and toy closet. We have 4 computers, 10+ apple devices, an Xbox (with Kinect), a TV and who knows what else the kids brought with them.
Put the garage in a remote place and have all your stuff flown there in luggage … It is amazing to see how much stuff and systems go into a boat. It is truly amazing to see how designers take advantage of space to provide a living environment .. Discovery by no means is a small boat, she is the average size for most cruising boats today. Since we are a catamaran (2 hulls), we have the living space of an equivalent monohull (traditional boat) which would be over 60ft (or about 1.5x).
We are starting to adjust to our new environment, we are starting to figure out how to live in a garage,with 4 kids and friends … amazing to me, how one adjusts to change … I love the ability that we have to adapt …
We will likely spend about a month here it St. Martin and the surrounding couple of islands (St. Barts and Anguilla) … we will do a bunch of work on the boat and explore the island life. This island, unlike the BVIs is much more “cosmopolitan” … we have found a couple of dance studios (Michelle brought back dance clothes) and an equestrian center (brought back helmet and riding boots).
Our goal for today is to visit a couple of the local marinas, to see which one we will try to settle into for our stay. There are many on the island, but only 5 with swimming pools <bg> … which according to the kids is a requirement.
Food and stuffs are much cheaper here that in the BVI’s … a small jar of peanut butter on Tortola was $10 … here about $6 … still more expensive than Florida, but much better. The available choices here are also much more, more food, more stores … just more of everything. This one island has 4x the population of the BVIs (all islands) or about 10x the population of Tortola.
I think so far, our favorite thing is the French food …love it, crepes, bread, proper cheese …