10/20/2012, Is There a Difference?
Based on some looks I have been getting, I think that living on a boat in Mexico is viewed as less crazy and more socially acceptable than living aboard here in the States. Tell people you live aboard in Mexico and they look at you with envy, but tell them you live aboard in Port San Luis, CA and I'm getting looks like I'm holding a cardboard "Homeless, will work for food" sign. Adventurer to hobo, cool to creepy, and lucky to loser. I might as well tell people I'm living in my car driving from Walmart to Walmart parking lots for a free place to stay. Or at least that is the reaction I seem to be getting from people, even from boaters and former cruisers I have been meeting and talking to at the boat shows. Having a marina boat for a status symbol is cool...living on it is crazy...so why is that?
Ok, I will admit that maybe it's the cruisers clothes I am still wearing or the fact that since I'm working from the boat I could use a shave on most days. But there is definitely something about living aboard a boat that dings your credibility as a contributing member of society. If they only knew that our monthly "rent" or "house payment" for our ocean front house was a staggering $33/mo, I can only imagine what they would think, considering many spend more per month at Starbucks! On top of that, we have no electric bill, no cable bill, no water bill, no trash bill, no special tax district assessment fees, or home owner association dues! Sheesh...maybe we are not contributing members of society after all? Our main utility expense is gas and diesel and it has definitely increased compared to our Mexico expenses, but taken as a whole we are living comfortably on what I like to call a "living under a bridge budget". All I need is a "will work for Taco" sign and my transition from cruiser to homeless will be complete.
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10/19/2012, Another 4 Days Away
As much as I would rather be back home working to get our new diesel heater installed, here I am living the life of a boat show vendor. Fast food and motel 6...oh the glory. A few blog followers have come by to say hello and I'm quite happy that we have already sold several water makers...so from now until the show ends on Sunday...I can relax and enjoy having an excuse to not have time to work on my pile of paperwork. Don't let my business partner know it, but me standing here talking to people about cruising and water makers really stretches the definition of "work". Sure it is tiring, but honestly, how bad can it be? Plus,when it is slow, I get to go trick-or-treating around the boat show candy bowls! And now with a smart phone I can surf the new, do answer emails, and even make a blog post all using my thumbs...Ta-Da.
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10/18/2012, Port San Luis
It is habit for us to always have our VHF radio on the local hailing channel. Here that is channel 16. With 4 years of cruising and living aboard the boat, we have found it is always good to be able to get a hold of some one or have them be able to get a hold of us in case of an emergency.
Last night I heard a call out from a sailing vessel to the Coast Guard on channel 16. The sailing vessel was calling to find out how long it would take for the Coast Guard to come out to Point Conception and rescue them if the wind did not pick up so they could sail around and away from the "Horn of California". This area is known to be extra windy and have churning waters as the currents collide and the wind gets compressed. Though, too much wind was not the problem last night. There was no wind and the vessel had lost its engine. The sailors were husband and wife and they were calmly figuring out their options. The boat was 7 miles off shore and the present current was pushing them towards the rocks. They figured that they had 8 hours before they would hit anything hard. The Coast Guard kept in contact with them through out the night.
This morning I heard the Coast Guard call out to them again. Now they were 3 miles off of the coast. Another vessel broke into the conversation telling the sailing vessel to use their halyards to help secure the rigging (the wires that hold up the mast). I did not hear anything else about other things on the boat being broken but it did not sound pretty. The radio transmissions are more garbled and scratchy so I am having a hard time following what is happening. I could tell that both of the voices of the husband and wife were strong and not scared, but a bit tired. Hopefully, I will be able to hear more but as they turn the corner the VHF will not be able to pick them up.
As long as their masts stay up and the wind is not too strong they will make it into Cojo anchorage under their own power...but if it turns ugly the Coast Guard will be standing by to pull them off of their boat. This is a nightmare for any boat owner--the possibility of losing ones boat, house, dream... is all too real. My hopes and prayers are with them.
If I am able to hear more I will post an update.
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