The Boat is Home

It felt so good to step back on Barefoot Gal yesterday (July 2015, after selling our house to become full-time cruisers again). We’re home.

We’ve still got a lot of settling in to do — moving stuff back onto the boat that we had removed for the summer and getting her back to “living aboard” status — but we slept in our own bed last night. It felt so good.

Yesterday, we got the basics set up — plugged into shore power, cleaned up the inside, refrigerator on, topped the batteries up with water, hooked up an air conditioner (there will be a post on this) and got sheets on the bed.

We still ate out, and will for breakfast today too. That’s today’s job: get food aboard so we can start eating at home.

It’s been 25 days since we moved out of our house. We’ve been moving our stuff around, delivering some things to kids, and visiting family (even a wedding) but frankly, it’s gotten old. The boat is home.

Our thought (we’re not calling it a plan) is to stay here in the boatyard (Glades Boat Storage on the Okeechobee Waterway in southern Florida) for hurricane season, or until just after the Annapolis Sailboat Show in mid-October. We have several big projects we want to do on the boat and a number of smaller ones. Four months seems like a long time in the yard, but we know from past experience it’ll go fast.

But for now, we’re just happy to be home.

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  • Beth Allen McLeod
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    Congratulations! All your hard work will be worth it going forward – time to enjoy!

  • Connie Smith
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    Welcome to Florida! Stop by when you are back in Marathon!

  • The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick
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  • ChrisW
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    Happy times!!!

    One thing we have earned here in Florida was NOT to call ourselves “liveaboards.”

  • Outland Hatch Covers, LLC
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    Im sure you will be ready to get in the water soon. Welcome back!

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

      Mentally ready, already. But we have some projects we want to do first . . .

  • Liisa W. Bacco
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    Just sold our house, new boat will be delivered next week! Woohoo

  • Christopher Wannop
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    Well done Guys. Good choice. 🙂

  • Paul Schroder
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    I’m green with envy!!!!

  • Beth Dykema Farmer
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    Congrats! Hope to meet you in person some day.

  • Kay Majoros
    Posted at 08 July 2015 Reply

    and what a beautiful HOME it is

  • Cory Nickerson
    Posted at 09 July 2015 Reply

    So happy for your can’t wait to see you out here again.

  • CandynTony Kiesel
    Posted at 09 July 2015 Reply

    Congratulations! I really am so happy for you guys. We were there at Marathon Marina and Resort for a couple of years as our only home and traveled to the Bahamas for two winters and what a wonderful life we had. Now I have oxygen, lung problems and so we are now in a 5th wheel RV but still come to Florida and get just as close to the water as we can. We kept our dinghy from the big boat and go out frequently. I encourage those on the fence to just do it! I am 59 and am so glad we made the jump to sell it all and go on the boat and now RV. I used so much of your helpful tips from The Boat Galley. Especially the provision spreadsheets! I truly hope you guys have the time of your lives and I will keep watching and dreaming of getting back out there 🙂

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 09 July 2015 Reply

      Thanks so much! We know all about health problems — we cruised full time for 7 years, then health probs forced us to live ashore while getting them sorted. As you said, I’m SO glad we went when we did. For us, it’s working out that we’re getting a second shot at cruising, but you just never know.

  • Boni Rothmann
    Posted at 17 December 2015 Reply

    Nice! Right behind you! Congratulations!

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