The victories and sacrifices of life on a city sailboat
Last year Gillian, a resident of Victoria, BC, bought a 30-foot sailboat to live on and as a project to work on while Canada’s blockades were in place. Her boat, “Blue Moon” is a 1978 Catalina 30 MK1, which she bought for C $ 9,000 – the price including the boat, a tender and a mooring ball in the Gulf Islands.
Today, Gillian lives full time on the craft, and in this video, she and her boyfriend Jonas share their experiences of their first winter as cruise ships.
One of the perks of living on a boat in a downtown Victoria location like theirs is that the cost can be much lower than renting or buying property in the same neighborhood. Marinas typically charge by the foot, so with “Blue Moon” only being 30 feet long, the monthly cost for Gillian and Jonas was around C $ 500. That said, it can be incredibly difficult to secure a place like theirs as there are often long waiting lists, and many marinas open these spaces to tourists in the summer, so they are not always available as a full solution. the year.
One of the main challenges of living on a boat in Canada’s cold climate is that there can be a lot of condensation inside the hull when the air is warmer inside than there. ‘outside. Jonas and Gillian say it was their main challenge during the colder months, and that they had water running down the walls, which made their sofas and bedding damp. To combat this effect, they bought a small dehumidifier, insulated their V-berth, and also have a wood-burning stove to help burn off excess moisture – but it’s an ongoing issue that many boaters face. .
Either way, what the couple love to experience on the boat is the comfortable feeling of living in a small house, which offers exactly what they need, all on board. Housing also allows them to feel more independent and connected to their consumption, as they have to monitor their electricity and water consumption.
See the original video here.
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