Posted in: Live-Aboard

New Living Arrangements: Boat Life

I bought a boat!

I know nothing about boats. Absolutely zip. But I needed a place to live that was more permanent than floating between friends’ and family. So, I bought a boat 🙂

Endless Love Sea Trial
Launching Endless Love in Georgian Bay for a sea trial.

Now, I know you’re wondering “You’re in Canada, what about winter?!” – trust me, I’ve looked in to it. There are ways to do this and not freeze to death or sink your boat (though I assume both are still possible). I have a lot of theoretical information tumbling around my brain right now, so when I organize that for myself, I plan on relaying it all here for you!

But why a boat? Why not an apartment? Or a condo? Or a townhouse? Or a house house? All valid questions, and all pretty much the same answer: Toronto ain’t cheap and my single salary cannot afford it. So I considered my options:

Roommates: not my jam. My friends are all well-established and not looking to move, which would mean my roommates would be strangers. Thanks, but no thanks.

Significant other: not a chance. Without getting too into it, I decided to take some time to work on me and my life, and a boyfriend just gets in the way. Sorry, not sorry.

RV / Motorhome: this one almost won. I’m far more experienced with land-based dwellings, and would have made my mom much happier, but… I really didn’t want the “trailer trash” stigma, ya know?

So, what now? I thought I had exhausted all my options, barring quitting my job and moving back out of the city.

I don’t even remember how it came up in conversation, but it turns out one of the guys I work with actually lives on a boat. Only for the summer, granted. But he lives on a boat! He recommended I look in to it, and gave me a few pointers.

I was hooked. I started looking at boats – which was overwhelming, because I know nothing about boats. I managed to narrow down what I was looking for, based purely on the living space. I opted out of sailboats as those are largely below deck, which reminded me of basement apartments – no bueno.

Power boats also had many below deck living spaces, so my search narrowed to a certain type of cruiser with a flybridge. This afforded me a room at deck level, with plenty of sunshine, then sleeping and eating areas below. Perfect.

But I barely know how to maintain my car, and I already risk my life in that every day. How am I going to figure out how to maintain two massive engines in a power boat that I sleep in? Well, stick around and figure that out with me haha.

I’m still getting everything settled for the boat – marina slip, transportation, survey, and insurance. Check back soon for the grand tour!

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site.
For more information, please see my disclosure policy.
Thank you for supporting Merely McCool.

Leave a Reply