Living Aboard and Loving It!
It’s been several weeks since my last blog post entry. Life has taken a sudden up tick in busy-ness for me. It goes to show that just because you live on a boat, life doesn’t automatically switch to ‘island time’.
I’ve been living aboard the Rock ’N Row since July, and almost three months later, the novelty still hasn’t worn off. The old girl stays at the dock most days, but every day I smile when I see the water on my return home.I love seeing the stars at night. Skyline marina is far enough away from downtown Anacortes that I can do some pretty great star gazing from my back deck. The wildlife at the marina is incredibly entertaining too. I could watch the Kingfishers dive for fish all day.
A Blue Heron is particularly fond of the piling next to my boat, and he frequently perches above my bed to preen. I’d love to have a coat some day made to look like a Heron’s. I’ve been trying to befriend a local seal that comes into the bay looking for handouts, but it never fails that by the time I get some food out for him, he’s no where to be found.
A local river otter is constantly stashing food in little crevices around the dock. Just the other day I found a beautiful Starry Flounder wedged under the dock ramp – dry as a mummy. No doubt about who put it there.
I’ve recently begun moonlighting as a online marketing consultant. My first client, Redwood Clinic, is thrilled to leverage my experience in search engine optimization. I’m thrilled to be making money at something that has the potential to allow me to work from the boat while at anchor. Also, after three years, I am close to having the Free Charge Controller ready for sale. Another potential money source while out on the boat!
My wife and I are even talking about accelerating our plans and casting off the lines in May 2013 – a full year ahead of schedule. Assuming we can’t make enough money while cruising, I’ll look for contract work in the fall and we’ll dock up for the winter. But that would at least give us a full summer free of the chain of Corporate America.Lately I focus all my efforts during the day at being patient. I’m trying hard to make as much money as I can and spend as little of it as possible. I can’t wait to have the free time to catch my dinner, pick berries, and drift with the tide – living as free as a wild animal, and just as happy.
We may not venture too far next summer. I’ll most likely stay close to shore in order to pick up more clients for my online promotion strategy business, but I hope to focus on gaining the experience and confidence necessary for a full excursion to Ketchikan Alaska in the summer of 2014. So far, our plans to cruise the entire distance on electricity is right on track!