Hubby describes our life afloat as a transient world, as like the Services, people come and go relatively quickly and thus friendships may be made, but don’t last.
We have seen a lot of changes since our arrival, and today I heard of another couple who are selling up at the end of their mooring year.
I’d put them younger than us, and owners of a very nice cruiser, which they have had for just 2 years. They arrived here last year, and we got chatty, noting each others names so when they visit, we can ‘personally’ say Hello.
To be honest, we haven’t seen very much of them this year, though they were at the Hog Roast recently and Thai Curry evening a little while ago.
Other than owning a boat though, we have little in common, but it is still sad to see another familiar face leave our little community.
Their reasons are simply because they don’t have enough time to enjoy their boat, having two other major hobbies which hold their interest more.
They were quick enough to stress it wasn’t a financial decision, but technically to me it is, as why pay out for something you’re not going to use when the money could be put to better use elsewhere?
For us, our boat is Home and is working out as a slightly cheaper way to live than in bricks and mortar. It has its disadvantages (as in cold weather, but we address that every year and manage), but we have said that as long as we enjoy it, can afford to and are able to, we shall continue to live this way.
However, for those who have a home to run with all the expense it incurs, owning a boat can be seen as a luxury. Add into the equation other pursuits or interests, family life, and of course work, well, there are only so many weeks in a year and you can’t do everything you’d like.