People often ask us the same questions, regarding our boating
lifestyle. If you ask us these questions on the phone, that would only
mean one thing - you
haven't been reading our website! Here, we dedicate a section to the most frequently
asked questions, as follows:
Q. How do you boat with the car? (Our number 1 question)
A. When we get to a new destination, we rent a car, drive it to our
previous marina or where we last left the car, and both of us drive the rental and our car back. If
the place was too far away, we would drop off the rental car (certain rental
agencies in major cities provide this feature with a drop off charge) and just drive one
car back. Our most grueling drive to date was a 17-hours drive one way from
Vero Beach, Fl to Solomons Island, Md. Only when we stay put at a place for at
least one month do we go and get the car.
Q. Will you go back to work?
A. Who knows? If we get bored and miss work (ok, ok, the paycheck),
we just might, but at this moment in time, we are enjoying our lazy days
and quite honestly do not miss the politics at work nor the traffic going
into work. We do miss the challenge and the people however.
Q. What do you do with your time on the boat since you don't work?
||A. We normally get up around 10 am, make ourselves a bloody Mary,
have breakfast, bask in the sun, read the paper to catch up with current
events, then take a break for lunch. After lunch, we dip in the water,
snorkel around the reefs. In the evenings, we get together with other
boaters for cocktails and watch the sun lazily melts into the
So what's missing from this picture? A chef and a maid! Yes, we still
have to make all our meals, which means we have to go grocery shopping,
do laundry, clean, and tend to all the mundane tasks of everyday life.
We find that we do more cleaning on the boat because it's always so
dusty. Then, there's always projects - things that cannot wait
to get repaired, such as a broken pump (water pump, bilge pump, sump
pump, fuel pump, there are so many of them on the boat!), battery and
electrical problems, engine problems, you name it. Incidentally, the
captain is turning into a true mechanic. Which is a very good thing. Unlike a house, the
boat takes more abuse not just because of the elements, but also because
of the constant pounding on the water and the corrosion from the salt water.
The ocean can be very unforgiving; being stranded out in the open waters can
lend to horror stories, if you live to tell them! Then, there's the adventure of cruising and making landfall at interesting
ports-of-call. The logistics of getting there - how to get from
point A to point B. This is where the GPS, electronic navigation and charts come in.
Like planning a road trip, we
pore over the charts, paper as well as electronic, figure out how far we will
go, whether there is a good place to anchor or a marina in the vicinity. If
heading for a marina, we would have to call and make reservations in
Hobbies - things that we never had the time to religiously pursue while we were
working, remember? Now, there is no more excuses. Out came all the cooking,
traveling and boating magazines and books we've collected over the
years, the sewing machine that was previously collecting dust, video
tapes that has never been seen since the taping (and I'm sure we are not the only family to procrastinate)
that needs to be edited, photos that needed to be scanned and
to be updated and published - these are our current objectives. Because
we are always on the go, we haven't been able to sign up for
a language class yet or do some volunteer work, something that is on our list of things to do.
Q. How did you know so much about boating?
A. When we bought our first boat, we took "Boating Safety"
and "Navigation" classes offered by the U.S. Power Squadron.
Most of our knowledge are gathered from reading books and magazines, talking to people we have met along the
way, and there's nothing like on the job training, so to speak.
Q. How did you get into boating?
A. Thanks to our friends Joe and Jon. Joe used to invite us on his
sailboat for summer sailing around Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. Thanks to
hurricane Bob (which came through when we were on his boat that
weekend), we never got invited back! (We did get invitations, in
writing, on his newer and bigger boat). Jon, our condo neighbor used to
ride the subway in to work with us. He lured us with stories about the
wonderful trips he and his buddies took over the weekends. We never got
a firm invite, but we were hooked! We figured if we wanted to do
boating, we got to get ourselves a boat. So in 1998 we bought a Bayliner 28 foot, single gas engine boat
that we ran around for 3 summers in New England waters before moving to our current