It’s Good to be Little
Choosing to go small was a very conscious decision. For boating to be sustainable for me and my circumstances, I bought the smallest boat that would fulfill my needs. The more popular attitude seems to buy the biggest boat one can afford and to maintain land-based lifestyles.
Many new boat owners are unprepared for the ongoing costs of keeping a boat maintained. The bigger the boat, the higher that is. I often see an inability of people to keep up. They spend their time and money on maintenance and moorage, rarely using the boat. There is also the person who lives aboard but doesn’t keep it in seaworthy enough condition to leave the dock. This was all unappealing to me.
So, I went small. I do make choices and accept conditions that many would find unacceptable for themselves. Sacrifice can be relative. The payoff of sailing more and living within my means is worthwhile. My carbon footprint is smaller than the average American and far smaller than the average boater.
Living aboard a small boat
Has challenges you may note
The galley is small
A head with no wall
But low fees to stay afloat