Archive | February, 2011

Busting a Myth About Living On A Boat

OK, people, this picture? It was taken OUTSIDE of the boat.
Inside the boat, we are cozy and toasty warm. I think the most common observation from landlubbers about living onboard in the winter is “Wow, that must be really cold, being on a boat this time of year.” I get that surprisingly frequently.
We don’t actually live on a 22 foot Bayliner with a cuddy cabin. People who live on their boats have sources of comfortable heat in varying forms.
Granted, when I was battling the diesel furnace in the pre-Brock times, it got cold onboard. But then, I suspect a house would too, if the furnace weren’t working.
I generally keep it at 70-72 degrees in the salon, 68 in the staterooms. I even have the hot tub on the upper deck. I am at least as warm as you are living in your house.
I may be crazy on some levels, but I demand my physical creature comforts. This life is really, really good – no suffering required!

Magic Brock has installed a couple of new systems on KJ this week. First one is the new camera system. We now have views of the engine room, side decks, aft views from lower deck and upper deck, plus the main forward view with an infrared spotlight (helpful for spotting crab pots at night as we make our way into anchorages).

The monitor has a DVR system for recording. We haven’t figured out how to access it remotely online, but that is something we can do in the future – just have to figure out the settings.

He mounted it rather nicely with a flip-down monitor that’s seamless when not in use. The anemometer is also up and functioning (screen mounted on the left).
He finished the speaker system on the aft deck too. It’s integrated into the whole sound system, so we can now have the same volume inside as well as out (rather than blasting the inside system to be able to hear it on deck).
It’s been a week of pulling wires around the boat. I’ve nearly managed to clean up the disaster that he leaves in his wake (not a complaint; that’s just my job). And it’ll be nice having the new features onboard.
KJ cam, anyone?