Moving Aboard—What Do You Really Need?





I’ve always wanted to live on a sailboat and cruise to white sand beaches and aqua blue water destinations.  I wasn’t worried about the details of what to bring and what to leave behind because I am a “get rid of it” person.  My husband, not so much.  Compromise, compromise, compromise.

We’re newbie liveaboards so we’re learning as we go.


At first we had enough flatware to host a dinner party for 12, only our table only comfortably seats two; everyone else gets to eat in the cockpit.  We sat down and sorted through all of our galley drawers, got rid of a large box of redundant items and things just don’t work.  Like that baking pan that would never fit in our little force 10 oven or the silver plated pickle fork that aunt Mabel gave to us.  Pro Tip: If you have an electric kitchen knife keep it.  It’s really good for cutting foam for mattresses or cushions!


Brian insisted on bringing our huge flat screen from home on board despite my pleas to sell it because it was a power-sucker and took up a whole wall in our cabin, besides it would never last in the rough weather that tends to be prevalent around here in Morro Bay, California.  The thing lasted about three weeks and then came crashing down, despite the large mounting screws he had used, ruining the screen.  We now have a much smaller smart tv, that suffices quite well for the few movies we stream on it. It’s also easy to stow, thank God!

We have two bluetooth speaker systems for music.  Our GOAL ZERO is a solar unit that plugs in with a USB.  It is water resistant and we can hang it up in the cockpit and not worry about it getting damaged when banged around a bit and it only costs around $24 USD.  We also have a Bose Sound Mini Link for better quality sound and those romantic dinners by candlelight.  (I bring out my skort for these special occasions).


This can be a tough one, especially if you are used to having a huge and versatile wardrobe. Continue reading “Moving Aboard—What Do You Really Need?”

Installing and Maintaining A Dickenson Newport Deisel Heater

Installing the Dickinson Diesel Heater

I bet you never thought about how to heat a boat.   No?  Yes? Anyway, before moving aboard our sailboat we decided it was a must have.  After all, we’re living in a vessel surrounded by cold water, we’re talking fifty or so degrees, and the air temperature doesn’t get too high here on the Central Coast of California.  Need heat.  Need cozy. 

We decided on a Newport Dickinson Diesel Bulkhead heater.

It’s a great little heater with a glass door that you can see the flame. Sweet!  Continue reading “Installing and Maintaining A Dickenson Newport Deisel Heater”

We’re Not Normal—By Choice!












We know we’re not normal.  We’ve chosen this lifestyle at an age where most people are looking forward to a quiet retirement, spending time with the grandchildren and enjoying the comfort that their earnings provide. Our life is nothing like that, nope, not gonna happen. 

We moved aboard our Sailboat, the Jessie Marie in April of 2018  Continue reading “We’re Not Normal—By Choice!”