Thursday, March 27, 2014

Some interrior pictures

   It has been a long time since I have made a post.. Since my last update I have been sailing my arse off. I had planned to take the boat out of the water at the end of summer, but instead have been having too much fun around the Puget Sound. I have put close to five hundred miles under my keel, and learned a vast amount about sailing. I will try to post excerpts from my ships log as I find the time. In the meantime I thought I would post a couple pictures of the inside of my vessel. The Aquarius (Later became the Balboa) 23 has been called the "biggest little boat on the water" for good reason. Not often do you find a 23' vessel with a galley, enclosed head and room to sleep five. It has been the perfect vessel for teaching myself how to single hand.

While I have not been truly "living aboard", I have come close, and spend more time in the boat than at my house. While sleeping five people is a bit of a stretch (you can do it, if you do not need to store much in the way of provisions) it is a perfect boat for one to two people for an extended trip, possibly even to live aboard if you are a fan of minimalist living.
   I generally sleep on the starboard bench. At 6'5" I can surprisingly sleep comfortably in the forward double berth in the bow, but find when by myself (the vast majority of the time) It is easier to use the double berth for provisions, and sleep aft where I am closer to the companion way and cockpit if something goes bump in the night.. LOTS of things go bump in the night on a sailboat.. and after a while you are in tune with your boat and the noises it makes. I have learned to get up to check any noise that is not familiar, because it is usually something that needs attention.. I almost lost my dinghy this way. Had I not gone to check on the "new" sound, it would have drifted off in to oblivion..

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