This is the story of a couple who bought a 46ft boat to live in it!
On Black Friday 2017, while most of our friends and family were braving holiday sales, recovering from Turkey hangovers, or #optingout with a hike, my husband and I were loading our scant belongings onto a 46′ motor yacht.
Their story is continued below. Enjoy!
Couple Living in a 46ft Boat
Images © Wife Aquatic
And no, we’re not some Silicon Valley elites living out lifestyles of the rich and famous. We’re just some California natives who love adventure and couldn’t afford to buy a traditional home.
Buying and living aboard a small yacht with my husband and our little dachshund would have sounded absolutely insane to me a couple of years ago. But, with minimalism, airstreams, and tiny houses growing in popularity, the idea had started to sound much more appealing.
After trying in vain to find a condo we could actually afford (and driving our realtor crazy), we’d concluded that we were officially priced out of the housing market. Ugh. Even with high salaries by national standards, we weren’t saving any money renting, either. We had to do something. Thinking outside the box seemed to be our only option.
So, we took the plunge. We bought a 46′ Carver, sold or donated almost all of our belongings, and moved aboard. It hasn’t always been easy – managing electricity and water is tricky, the toilets clog easily, and neither of us had ever lived aboard before – but, this is without a doubt the best decision we’ve ever made.
Life is simpler, now. We have less stuff to take care of; we wake up to views of the harbor every morning. Our salty neighbors are awesome and have been incredibly understanding as we learn to drive this thing (don’t worry, we’re taking lessons from a captain). We were even able to take our families out for a Christmas Day cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Getting to enjoy the bay, the place we love the most, from an entirely new perspective has been life-changing. I’d make this choice again in a heartbeat.
Images © Wife Aquatic
You can find some shots of our life aboard here: www.wifeaquatic.com.
Our big thanks to Wife Aquatic for sharing!
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