Adjustments: The First Few Months of Living Aboard

Quarters

James, Dr. No and I have all realized a multitude of things over the past few months.  We thought we’d share some of our thoughts with you as new liveaboards.  We all went into this adventure feet first, yet things are definitely *different* than land-based life. I’ll start with a quick vignette:  The first week aboard, we had to go to the laundry at the marina, and I took Dr. No with me.  I was just off of my surgery and could do nothing with my hands, so I needed him to un/load the machines. Besides, what was it I was recently writing about teaching him life skills? So as we … Continue reading

The Boat School: The Florida Virtual School

We’ve been researching options for years as to how we wanted to educate Dr. No during our sailing adventure.  James and I both have experience in education; he is actually K-12 certified, and I taught at the Naval Academy for the past three years.  We felt very qualified to oversee Dr. No’s high school education for as long as we needed to.  He is also a highly self-motivated learner, which helps. However, in the back of our minds, we were still slightly concerned about the fact that we would be boat-schooling during High School.  And Dr. No started to express concern as well regarding his college prospects.  While colleges and … Continue reading

An Extra Set of Hands

Measuring the solar panels on the dodger.

Up until now, Dr. No has had it pretty easy when it’s come to boat projects… he’s pretty much been uninvolved.  Now that we’re living on the boat, he’s done with school, and I am minus one hand/arm for the next several months, he has really become a critical crew member as we finish projects so we can eventually get sailing. This was also part of the reason we wanted to take this time and do this with him; not *just* for family time, but for the practical skills that we knew we would naturally teach him along the way,and that I find kids are often lacking today. For example, … Continue reading

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