Friday, December 16, 2011

You might be a liveaboard if...

  • You buy vinegar in gallon jugs. Frequently.
  • You glance warily at the house AC ammeter when plugging in your hair dryer
  • (And you have a house ammeter)
  • You check the tide tables when you are making a big grocery buy
  • Lightening scares the bejeezus out of you
  • Your stove only has two burners
  • You've run out of water in the middle of a shower
  • In conversations with your friends, the most common topic is "the head"
  • When someone says "head", your first thought is not the one on your shoulders
  • The phrase "scrubbing her bottom" does not sound kinky to you
  • You can catch crabs from your living room
  • "Running out to the car" is a half-mile round trip
  • Grid power outages do not particularly disturb your life
  • When you get a new book, you have to decide which of your other books to give away
  • A successful trip is one where nothing breaks
  • You have 300' of chain in one of your closets
  • You have more than a passing concern about water in the basement
  • You take turns with your partner in passing thru a hallway
  • You are hyper-alert to strange sounds and strange smells
  • Your have at least one flashlight with a red lens
  • The five-second rule is of no value for hamburgers that accidentally get flipped off the grill
  • You have a bottle of vegetable oil in your bathroom
  • You have to think about keeping the toilet paper dry when taking a shower
  • You don't own a toaster
  • You always put everything back where it came from, because really, that's the only place it will fit.
  • You unthinkingly use "stern" to refer to the back of your car (unless you own a 1966 Lincoln, in which case it is entirely appropriate)
  • All of your windows have a water view
  • There's a fishing pole stored over your bed
  • The terms "amps" and "amp-hours" come up frequently in your conversations
  • You have radar in your living room
  • You have at least two electrical systems
  • A dorm refrigerator looks large to you
  • You have no furniture
  • You know how many amps your TV draws
  • You have 5200, polysulphide and multiple kinds of epoxy in your "junk" drawer
  • (And you know what I meant by 5200)
  • Your bed is not a rectangle
  • "Vitamin supplement" is not the first thing you think of when you hear "zinc"
  • For you, "scope" does not refer to mouthwash
  • You unconsciously use "port" and "starboard" when talking to folks on shore
  • You don't own a plunger 
  • You look like a bag lady (or man) just getting off or on your boat.
  • Instead of the Goodwill, you have the ice machine in the marina office where you exchange unneeded items.
  • You have a supply of tarps to use when you suddenly "spring a leak".
  • Your car looks like a storage unit for the local boat yard.
If you have one to add, put it in a comment and I'll pull it into the list...

(Inspired by this list at Windtraveler.  Because, of course, cruisers are also liveaboards, there is a lot of overlap - I have tried not to plagiarize/duplicate...)
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6 comments:

scty said...

You do not own a plunger

bob said...

Good one Scotty!

Serah said...

"Running out to the car" is a half-mile round trip

Oh my do we agree on this one! It's almost a 10 minute walk from our slip at the very very end of the marina up to the car. We often have the debate, especially with groceries of is it worth it to struggle to carry it all in one load, or to come back for a second trip - half an hour to just get the groceries home, let alone put them away! Woe is the days when we've forgotten our dock cart on the boat.
We've resorted to repacking groceries in the truck so we can leave some of the non-refrigerables in the truck to bring down tomorrow :(

bob said...

Serah -

And then add in those days when it is raining, or when the dock is covered with snow and ice...

bob

GaleSRN said...
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GaleSRN said...

You look like a bag lady (or man) just getting off or on your boat.

Instead of the Goodwill, you have the ice machine in the marina office where you exchange unneeded items

You have a supply of tarps to use when you suddenly "spring a leak".

Your car looks like a storage unit for the local boat yard.

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