Feb 4, 2014

a day in the life of a live aboard sailor // a day at anchor

It's hard to describe a typical day in our life on the boat because no two are ever the same.  But, there is usually somewhat of a routine when we spend a day at anchor.  This past Saturday I brought my camera with me everywhere, even for the mundane errands, so that you might get a glimpse of how we spend our days.

A morning always starts with the daily grind,

and then we pile in the dinghy to take care of our errands on shore.

This is easily Gidget's favorite part of the day.

Our anchorage in Miami Beach has a canal alongside the road that makes it easy to get to the grocery store and other shops.

Tying and locking up our dinghy.

Gidget gets a nice long walk on the days that we have a lot of errands to run.

A stop at the grocery store for a few essentials and then Advanced Auto to pick up some transmission fluid.

Then back into the dinghy and back to the boat for some lunch.  This whole routine usually takes us several hours between the dinghy rides, the walking, and the shopping.  Sometimes we might also have some laundry to wash or we might do a little sightseeing, too.

There are usually some boat projects to take care of in the afternoon.  On Saturday, Riley changed the oil…

and took advantage of the warm weather to scrub the bottom of the boat.

When I'm not being his go-fer, I usually spend some time blogging or reading.

Back into the dinghy for our second trip to the grocery store.  We've been going quite frequently while we're in Miami Beach because it's so convenient and our cupboards were pretty bare.

Loading up the dinghy to take the groceries back to the boat.  We also took the dog to shore again, too.

The Miami skyline sure does make for a pretty sunset!

Grilling us hamburgers for dinner.  Riley has this down to a science.

We also get to make use of our tv while in Miami Beach since the grocery store has a Redbox.  For the record, Captain Phillips is an incredible story, but not the most enjoyable movie to watch… especially while sitting on a rocking boat.

And then we try to sleep, even though the boat traffic is pretty bad in Miami Beach on the weekends. 



That pretty much sums up what a typical day might look like for us while we're at anchor!  

Is it anything like you thought it might be?



p.s. Here's a post I wrote about a typical day on the Intracoastal Waterway.  It's a completely different kind of day!





Travel Tuesday

21 comments:

  1. Interesting, it seems like even though you're on a small boat you're getting tons of exercise and staying busy!

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  2. Walking around getting exercise, no set schedule. My idea of perfection.

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  3. Hahaha, I'm kind of surprised you watched Captain Phillips on the boat! It sounds like walking everywhere actually makes your days pretty busy, but that's probably a welcome change from being on the boat all. day. long.

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  4. Man, your posts always have me thinking of new questions! It's just such a different way of living and I wouldn't have thought of some of these things. Like, what do you do with the grocery bags once they're back on the boat? And do you have to wait until you dock to do things like take out the trash?

    Haha, glamorous questions, I'm sure.

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    1. Haha, no they're good questions!
      We have picked up a few reusable cold bags along the way, they're especially important for when we have to walk a ways back with our groceries. But we usually try to save the plastic bags for things like trash… or once when we were really desperate and ran out of dog bags, haha. gross.
      You're right about the trash. We have to keep it onboard until we can find a public dumpster or trash can. So far that hasn't been too bad though.

      Thanks for asking!

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  5. Gosh...love reading this. So cool to see your life and perspective. Thanks for sharing with us, girlie! xx

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  6. gorgeous! it looks like you guys are really enjoying this!
    xx

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  7. I'm so glad you're blogging your experience! It's not every day you hear what it's like living on a boat!

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    1. Thanks! I'm really glad to have a place to keep all of these memories, too. :)

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  8. It was so interesting about a day in the life of yours! Loved the look behind the scenes! ;)

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  9. How interesting to see your day. thanks for sharing.

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  10. This was a lot of fun to read! Your days sound like so much fun! :)

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  11. Such a nice way to spend a day....loved reading it till the end :)

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    1. Thanks! If only every day was sunny and all places were as convenient as Miami Beach, we'd be golden! :)

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  12. Loved that you shared the daily life too, I really love hearing more about your life on the boat. Your dog is so cute!

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    1. Thank you! I'm pretty partial to her myself! ;)

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  13. I love how y'all are doing this! I really want to just up my life and take it on the road. Its hard to just say goodbye to everything, especially a job... Happy you're living out your dreams!

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    1. Thank you! It is hard, and scary to just leave it all behind for awhile. We are really fortunate the Riley has his job waiting for him at home. If not, it certainly would have been all the more difficult!

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  14. I love see how Gidget plays in to all of this! I don't think our dog Floyd would far too well but Gidget seems to be a regular with boat life!

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  15. Fascinating!! I love the pics with Gidget. And the skyline sunset picture. Gorgeous.

    Also, I'm envious of your tan. I'm as white as the snow that's falling outside. Ugh.

    -Amy

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    1. Haha, thanks!
      It was surprising to me just how beautiful the city skyline made the sunsets, because a sunset over an open body of water is pretty hard to beat. But I found myself wanting to take pictures of the Miami sunsets almost every night!

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