It’s a Transient World

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.
cartoon boatTo 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?
canal boatFor 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.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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9 Responses to It’s a Transient World

  1. colinandray says:

    It is easy to see why a boat can appeal as a fun thing to have but, when the “honeymoon” is over, the financial obligations are still there. We have a similar thing here with cottages. Buy a cottage up north and then escape from the city at weekends.The problems are numerous but the obvious ones are the long haul in heavy traffic (everyone else had the same idea), and the fact that many weekends are simply spent in repair/maintenance of the cottage! How much fun is that! 🙂

  2. stevetanham says:

    It’s reassuring that you make such a success of it. It’s nice to know it can be done – and through the winter, too!

  3. Julie says:

    Another one bites the dust, such a shame when we lose one, but you’ll be ‘thrilled’ to know we’re not going anywhere, in fact in two days time we’ll be back, yaaahhhhhh. Haven’t forgotten about tomorrow xxxxx

  4. I know the feeling on seeing friends move. This month 3 different friends are leaving the complex. Two brought homes and one is noining another retirement community, I believe out of state.

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