Following a 4 year Cruise in Mexico, the Boren Family is living aboard in Morro Bay, CA for the kids to attend Morro Bay High School. Once that is done....who knows....

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08 February 2015 | One Nnight Taco Stand
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The Comfort vs Hardships of Living Aboard

14 December 2012 | And the Matter of Preception
Posted By: Live-A-Board Bozo Hobo Rich

The positives of living aboard are something it's easy to talk about or show with photos of vacation-like scenes that after 4yrs we almost take for granted, almost. Cheap rent and utilities, freedom, fabulous views of the Bay, and being safely separated from the chaos ashore all add weight to the positive side of the Living Aboard Scale. But we all know positives don't exist without negatives. The balance scale has on one side the positives of a decision and on the other side the negatives. Rarely is there a decision with only positives. We can ignore the negatives and try to act like they don't exist, but like rain during a dingy ride to shore, the cold wet negatives will drip down your face if you haven't acknowledged and planned for them.

Most of the Living Aboard negatives are simple discomforts and inconveniences that the vast majority of people living on earth throughout history would laugh at and would envy to only have it so good. No dish washer, no walk-in closets, no garage to store stuff you don't really need but can't give away, having to pay attention to your water and power usage, having a small stove and kitchen, and the tiring inconvenience of having to carry your groceries from the parking lot car to the dingy all make life aboard more work than living ashore. It isn't the fact that the boat floats and moves around on the water that makes Living Aboard more work and tiring than land living, it is the return to a more basic living that simply takes more daily energy and wears you out. Compare our living conditions and "hardships" to the daily life of the founding fathers during our Countries beginnings and most of the Living Aboard "hardships" become too trivial to even complain about with a straight face. Perhaps you don't like historical comparisons because that was ancient past? Well that's ok, take a trip down to Mexico or other poor counties around the world and the splendor and elegance (even opulence) of living aboard on a 50ft floating castle will stand in stark contrast to most of the world population's living conditions. A little perspective, changes how you view hardships and being uncomfortable. That perspective certainly doesn't mean I won't complain about the cold here in Port San Luis. But because Inuit Indians are living in Igloos, it will just make me thankful that I can afford to burn $4/gallon diesel just to make myself comfortable.
Vessel Name: THIRD DAY
Vessel Make/Model: 1977 Hudson Force 50
Hailing Port: Morro Bay, California USA
Crew: The Boren Family: Rich, Lori, Amy, Jason and Cortez the Cat
About: Admiral: Lori Boren, Master: Jason Boren age 16, 1st Mate: Amy Boren age 17
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas; and God saw that it was good...... and the evening and the morning were the THIRD [...]
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Laundry Day aboard THIRD DAY in Marina De La Paz
View of THIRD DAY in marina de La Paz 1
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Images of one of our favorite anchorages
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Created 15 October 2009
A tour of THIRD DAY's galley.
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Created 16 August 2009
Photos of our new LED cabinn lights that use 1/10th the amount of power as our old school halogens.
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Welding work in La Paz
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Images taken around Santa Rosilia
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Photo Essay of the last two weeks at sea without internet access
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Images of the Cruising Kids
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When you buy a 28yr old boat with the plans of a multi-year cruise, you have lots of work!
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