First, a home must provide warmth in the cold, shade during the heat and cover when it rains. A home is a place for your belongings, a safe place to rest. A home can be nothing more than a thatch hut or a bamboo shack. A rich man’s home may be a 10 bedroom mansion by the ocean, a poor man’s home a one room apartment on the bad side of town. I think there is no set definition for what home is. It can be the town or house you grew up in, the house you bought or built, an apartment or condo, or just anywhere you lay your head to rest. I think home can be anywhere or anything you want it to be, with the right frame of mind.
In my mind home is where I feel comfortable, my safe space no one can take away. I like the idea of a home that serves more than one function. Not only will it provide all the shelter and storage I need, I can take it with me anywhere I go just like a turtle! Many people live in a motor home or travel trailer, each day a new front yard or view. The same can be done on a sailboat!
My boat is a 1974 Pearson 30, hull #374. A small yet sturdy boat, she was designed and built for coastal sailing. By coastal sailing I mean this boat was not designed for long, open ocean passages. My intent is to increase the water storage, fuel storage, improve the comfort level inside with a better galley, and a better ground tackle system for anchoring. I will insulate the hull to cut down on condensation, a complete rewire of the boat and add new led lighting. I will replace all the plumbing including a complete new head and holding tank, and maybe add a watermaker. I’m even adding a tiny wood stove!
Last but not least I will need a new dodger (sort of like a windshield) and bimini top over the cockpit along with an arch over the stern to hold solar panels and dingy davits to secure the dingy while sailing. Sounds like alot of work right? You bet! But when I’m done I will have a home with all the needed items for a comfortable life on the water. I hope you will follow along as I refit my future home and share in my adventures along the east coast of the US.