Living on a boat in a boatyard has its moments. The past five days a series of strong gales has blown through meaning I am very aware my home is propped up on six boat stands. The wind wasn’t as strong as forecast, but still significant in the ‘small craft advisory’ speeds in the low 20s-knots range.
SWALLOW being on stilts means she moves differently – doesn’t move at all. This feels wrong and I’ve found myself stumbling as I’m expecting the boat to react to my movements. At the moment I am sailor re-finding my land legs.
In the higher winds SWALLOW also vibrates as the wind energy hitting the mast and rigging isn’t dissipated through heeling.
Other things are I can no longer use the sink – just isn’t right to let the gray water splash into the boatyard. All ‘used’ water now goes into a portable graywater tank from my truck camper.
Climbing up and down a ladder with groceries, garbage or to take a shower needs to be taken into consideration. Not any more an inconvenience than rowing the dinghy to shore … just I’d rather fall off the boat into water v. falling seven feet onto hard gravel!
The boat yard was good enough face SWALLOW’S bow south into the prevailing winter wind direction. This keeps the boat warmer as the winter winds don’t blow into the companionway. This also moderates the companionway leak I’m still localizing (more in this later).
So goes life floating about five feet, the keel’s draft, in the air.