Living Aboard

Blog posts about my experiences living aboard the S/V Libby.


Why I’m living on land

Remember when you were a kid and few things were more fun than playing in a pool? And your parents, especially your mother, would just lounge on a chair and might not even get a drizzle of water anywhere on her skin? I remember perfectly. Pools ranked high on my fun-o-meter as a child, and…

sailboat haul out

What makes a good liveaboard boat?

It’s obligatory to open this post with an obvious statement: we’re all different, we have different personal needs and priorities. But most of us do have one thing in common and it’s an important factor to consider when searching for a boat to live aboard: we live in a modern world of conveniences and have…

What comes next: the plans between

There has been a lot of activity around here, most of it mental. I’ve been presented with challenges, signs from on high, and options. Signs from on high? Oh yes. Since the totaling of my Islander, two powerboats have since dragged anchor and nearly hit me, thankfully both times I was on my boat.

Dealing with BoatUS (part three)

My attorney asked more patience from me when giving BoatUS three business days to respond to his letter. Patience is not a virtue I was born with, and frankly I’m not sure how many people naturally have it. It’s a theory of mine that most people just mask their impatience better than others. Three business…

Dealing with BoatUS (part two)

In the second week of the insurance debacle with BoatUS, I was left waiting. I had an estimate from the yard for boat repairs, and was in a state of limbo, wondering what would happen to my home. The next step in the process was the surveyor submitting his report on my boat to the…

For the love of boats

Live aboard sailors love their boats. This isn’t to say that sailors don’t also love their boats, but living aboard makes a boat more than just a toy, it becomes a home. If one spends enough time sailing and living on a boat, the boat takes on traits, projected by the owner, and seems to…

Dealing with BoatUS (part one)

I’ve yet to see a bumper sticker which reads, “I {heart} insurance companies.” Tell anyone you’re in the midst of an insurance brouhaha and you’ll get the slow head nods, the sighs, and the eye rolls. Most of us have been there, and if you haven’t, consider yourself blessed and get ready for it. It’s…

Copyright 2015. Courtney Kirchoff.