Wednesday, February 16, 2011


One of the surprises (well, to me it was) of moving aboard was that periodically I had to clean the boat cabin (OK, I can hear the snickering out there, ladies...)

On all of our previous boats, this was a once a year task, usually as a part of the spring outfitting.  But living aboard is way different than weekending, and that once a year cleaning just isn't adequate.

So do we have a central vacuum cleaning system on board?  No, of course not.  But what we do have comes pretty close.  Under the dinette settee, next to the water heater, is hiding a small shop vac and a really, REALLY long hose.  Long enough to reach everywhere in the boat in fact.

So as it turns out, the dust bunnies become bold enough that the herd needs to be thinned about once a week.  It doesn't take too long, but still, it needs to be done.

You can't escape domestic chores, even on a boat.

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