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I’m sure you’d think the last place you’d like to be during a hurricane is on a boat, but I am convinced otherwise. Most of the things that worry other people about hurricanes are not worrisome to us – not that we don’t have worries, but just that they’re different than what most land dwellers worry about. Below are the top 5 reasons to live on a boat in a hurricane:

1). You don’t have to worry about power. While most living on land have to worry about their power going out, most on boats don’t. This is a huge relief – I know that when the power goes out, we just rev up the generator and have power. When we move back to land, that’s one thing I’m going to insist we have.

2. You don’t have to worry about flooding. Pretty obvious, right?! No matter how high the river gets, we float. Just call me Noah.

3. We always have clean water stockpiled. Because we don’t drink the shore water (ugh, it comes through a water hose), we have two five-gallon jugs of water delivered each month. If we’d lived on land, we probably wouldn’t do this, but again this is a habit I will make sure to carry with me once we move back to land.

4. We don’t have to worry about trees falling on our roof. Because the boat is in the middle of the water, we never have to worry about a tree coming uprooted and crashing in on our heads.

5. Hurricane shopping was easy. We didn’t have to worry about buying the same foods everyone else was competing for, because we can heat our food. Also, because we didn’t have to buy water, it was just a regular shopping day…with the exception of the line of hundreds of shoppers weaving through the aisles for checkout.


So far, the neighborhood has been busy preparing for this storm. We’re all determined to stay aboard during the storm, with the young’uns encouraged by the 7-20 year boat veterans. We had trouble out of our generator last night and couldn’t get it to start, but after a night of rest and liberal applications of starter fluid, this morning it cranked right up. I never knew the sound of a generator would be so pleasing to someone who is generally only this excited by shoes and clothes.


We also winterized our water lines yesterday, with multiple trips to Home Depot, where we acquired two 30′ heat cables, eight tubes of insulation, and three rolls of Gorilla tape. This, we’re told, will keep the lines from freezing this winter. And yes, under all that black tape is a regular garden hose wrapped with a heating cable…pretty nifty!!


So far, it’s very calm, the water more so than normal. If we didn’t have all the warnings on the TV and Internet, I suspect we’d still know something was amiss, simply by the stillness of the water and air.


We are the Kings of the Universe!!! Well, obviously not really (or at all), but I feel like beating my chest like a caveman who just killed his first lion or bed his first cave woman or learned how to floss his teeth. BECAUSE, (well, remember this comes on the heels of just two months ago when we spent $8k on a new toilet system and I felt like an idiot because I couldn’t figure out how to do it myself for cheaper), we just saved the world’s water supply from extinction!!!! Really, just ours and just for the winter, but still…..

When I got home today, I noticed the water was off, but no biggie – I thought JM turned it off before he left (Trusty Helper Man told us we should always turn off the main water supply every time we left the boat to prevent the boat from ending up in the bottom of the Potomac just in case something went wrong during the day). Not the case, as it turned out, but he did remember an email from the Dockmaster yesterday saying we were changing to winter water.

Wait, winter what?

Right, so that’s what we discovered by trial and error tonight. That the main lines of water to the boat are shut down and we have to fill up our water tank and run the water pump all winter (that part I’m still not sure about – this water pump is stamped 02/88 and sounds like it is on its last legs). And we did it without having to pay someone to fix something. Yay! Relaxation time (and no, these pictures aren’t from tonight when it’s pouring down rain, but they are how I feel inside and were from a couple mornings ago. Plus they’re just downright pretty.)



So we are almost there!
We have a slip at Gangplank identified, we have a Captain to bring the Chien Assis up the Intracoastal, and we close the deal on Friday.
The recent survey identified a few minor deficiencies (such as fuel lines not to code, halon fire extinguishing system needing current inspection…..) which have been repaired. The good thing is the Captain who will bring it up, is also a qualified Marine mechanic, and he made all the repairs. He’s estimated 10 to 15 days to travel from Florida, to Gangplank Marina in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, he’s already accustomed to the boat since he delivered it to the previous owner, and has nothing but positive things to say about how well it handles.
It has become harder and harder to stop wondering about the boat, and imagining living aboard it. We’re impatient to watch the sun rise from the deck, and feel it roll with the waves from boats coming by…


Above is the slip at Gangplank. Subtract the small boat in the picture; it was just there for a few hours…





Above are a few more pictures of the Chien Assis