Posted by: yachtcrewsing | September 20, 2011

Moving in to a Real House!

I recently met up with a good friend of mine a few months after she had left the yachting industry after ten years. I asked her if she missed it, and her reply was ‘I miss all of you guys, I miss the adventures, I miss the fun times…. But I LOVE having my own apartment! It’s amazing!’

This enthusiasm and love of large, unmoving structures is guiltily shared by all yachties. Our primal desire to live in a house is a common thread that binds those who permanently live on yachts. We love our boat homes, but often yearn for more space. This may seem ironic, and indeed almost conceited, being that we live in a fabulous floating palace worth more money than any house our eight combined crew could ever buy. The only difficulty associated with living in such lavish surroundings is that we have to be very careful in the way that we treat everything; it is someone else’s home which we have the privilege of living in.

With this explanatory note in mind, you will be able to partially understand our collective elation in moving into a crew house today! A real, 6 bedroom, historic house in Newport complete with a dining room, a living room, a library and a back patio! This mass exodus from the vessel is necessary as she has been rendered unlivable due to the extensive work being done on the interior. This is also accompanied by the fact that the engineers are shutting off all power and water supplies. Hence, for 2 months we get to pretend that we are ‘real’ people, living a ‘normal’ life in which we work 8-5 (ish) and commute to and from work. It is all very exciting… At least for the meanwhile.

I am certain that there are many other things which i have omitted, but here is a brief summary of bizzare, ordinary ‘luxuries’ which we are not afforded onboard:

– Glass items on shelves: On a boat, anything even remotely breakable is either glued down or temporarily placed (with a regular ‘stowed’ home, carefully wedged so as not to budge in even the roughest of seas)

– Tv channels: We have TVs onboard, all connected to an extensive database of over a thousand movies and television shows. Despite this, we do not get live TV (much to the consternation of my rugby-fanatic chief stewardess).

– Not requiring living and sleeping areas to be beyond fastidiously clean: Everything is immaculate on the boat when in guest mode, with not a single dust particle anywhere (I may be exaggerating slightly, but you better understand the level of cleanliness by way of such hyperbolic statements).

– Wasted space: Houses have so much of it! There is so much unused potential storage areas that it almost seems to be extravagantly luxurious!

– Fireplaces: Self-explanatory.

After an inaugural dinner of take-away Thai food, we have all snuggled into our various corners of the house. What strikes me is how quiet it is- the incessant flow of traffic that occurs throughout the boat is conspicuously absent. The constant, reassuring hum of the boat generators has been replaced by the urban ambiance of police sirens and barking dogs…

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