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Couple Living in Sailboat Moving to Micro House on Land

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This Couple Living in Sailboat Moving to Micro House on Land is a guest post by Randy and Ramona Garrett

“We Can Do That…”

And thats what we said after looking at a few of the designs of the tiny homes..

For the last few months my wife and I have been exploring the ideas of moving into a micro home, and whenever a challenge comes up about the space involved, we often look at each other an say, “Yeah! We can do that.”

And the Fact is, We have been doing it for the last 12 years aboard our Beneteau First 42. Our 42 has about 10 x 30 feet of actual living space. storage is limited, and all systems need to be monitored weekly if not daily.
We’re off the grid, but have full electric, pressured water, a full kitchen, (galley on a boat) and most all the comforts we had while living in a larger home.

Couple Living in Sailboat Moving to Micro House on Land

Couple Living in Sailboat Moving to Micro House on Land

Images © Randy & Romana Garrett

Our electric comes from a solar bank of around 300 watts, which charges 4 each lifeline 4d batteries with a “Wagon” inverter to give us the 110 volts we need. Our Freezer/ Refrigerator is a 12 volt system with a cold plate, keeping all our food nice and crisp. There are two sleeping areas… A queen size bead forward and a double in the quarter berth.

Couple Living in Sailboat with Solar Panels Making Plans for Moving to Micro House on Land

Images © Randy & Romana Garrett

About the funniest thing people ask is about our galley, when they ask my wife, “how do you cook on a boat?” My wife’s answer is, “the same way you cook in your home..”

Moving aboard more than 12 years ago was a little change from our home on land but was easy to become very comfortable with.

We are retired, and feel that at our age, we cant handle the boat in the ways we would like to so, moving into a micro home is the next step, and because I have built or re-built all the systems within our boat, my most likely choice is to build our own micro home using many of the ideas that have come from living in small areas, on a boat, on the waters edge.

Randy and Ramona Garrett
Aboard the sailing vessel – R3
and operating our business aboard StitchesAndSnaps.com

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Comet
    June 24, 2015, 6:13 pm

    This is more a postcard form some one you don’t speak to often who is putting you in the loop of their decisions. Interesting but-not really relevant to most of us. Pretty boat–but not a single image of their actual living quarters; and nothing at all about the place they are moving TO.

    Would have liked to have seen more of either or both.

    • Cahow
      June 24, 2015, 7:57 pm


  • Comet
    June 24, 2015, 8:24 pm

    @CAHOW—If you were referring to my post–the only things I can SEE here were a pic of the boat; and a pic of the solar panels on the boat. If there were other images or more info than a para saying that these people were designing something to move to after they moved off the boat—It was not on my feed.

    “Photo lite” would be one way to describe it!

    • Cahow
      June 25, 2015, 9:31 am

      Ooops! Sorry, dear Comet!!!!

      My misplaced plethora of ?????’s were mirroring your sentiments: this latest blog posting was void of content and just ‘inner musings.’ I was questioning WHY it was posted, as you were.

      Sorry for the confusion; we’re almost always of the same mind set. 😀

  • Hylton
    June 25, 2015, 8:04 pm

    What a waste of my time, here I am thinking that I’ll see something of interest but all I get is a few lines of thoughts with bugger all pictures and a link to there business/hobby

    • Alex
      June 26, 2015, 8:51 am

      Sorry Hylton. Won’t do that to you again!

  • Karen R
    June 25, 2015, 9:47 pm

    Hope they get back to with interior photos of their boat and their new home.

  • Jn
    June 25, 2015, 9:58 pm

    I think perhaps they are trying to drum up some publicity and sales for their business in the form of free website clicks!

  • Alex
    June 26, 2015, 8:49 am

    My apologies everyone. Next time I’ll be sure there are more photos/etc. before just posting. I thought the story would be interesting/fun but I understand- without many pics- it just doesn’t meet the standard for content here. I’ll do better I promise!

  • Dale
    June 26, 2015, 11:18 am

    Ha Ha Wow…People will complain about anything.

    Nice little story Alex, keep up the good work.

    • Alex
      June 26, 2015, 11:29 am

      Thanks Dale 😀

  • Comet
    June 26, 2015, 2:17 pm

    @CAHOW—LOL!!!! My rural internet is so sketchy these days that I often wonder if I AM seeing all there is TO see—Yesterday I had NONE at all from sun up to late at night—talk about withdrawal!

    And YES–we have to stop meeting like this!!!

    @ALEX—This was not a complaint I was not sure if I was seeing what was posted or if this WAS a “Photo Lite” post—sometimes out here it is hard to tell if we are getting the whole story! I grew up on boats and LOVE to see stories about them and living on them—-

  • Liz
    June 30, 2015, 3:11 pm

    Hey Randy and Ramona, how about next time you actually send pictures of the interior unless, of course, it’s trashed. That’s what I always figure when people don’t send pictures of the inside. Either it’s unfinished, or it looks like crap. Why bother?

  • Toni
    May 2, 2018, 7:03 pm

    Wonder how much they are selling for? And no specs on the boat. It’s really difficult to find one that size at a decent price. I too would like to see interior pics since living aboard has interested me for years.

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