Why did you both decide to live on a boat?
Simply put, we were tired of renting and pouring our hard earned money into someone else’s pocket. Buying a house at this point in our lives in Auckland just wasn’t an option. You are looking at a mortgage of at least $600,000, requiring a $120,000 deposit. And anyone in Auckland can tell you that you’re not getting much for your money!!
The other thing that we were tired of was not having any control over our living situation. If something in the house breaks you are at the mercy of the landlord and whether they decide they want to fix it, or when they want to fix it. We had an owner sell the house after only living there for 6 months. Moving again and again just gets tiring and expensive.
Do you get to sail much?
Ideally in the future (if work allows us to) we will take some months (or years!) off and do some offshore cruising. For now, however, we still need to pay off the boat! We are getting out every opportunity we can for day or overnight sails, and during our annual leave each year we will spend a few weeks out sailing. During the winter months here in New Zealand between weather and work we can struggle to get out but at this stage we are averaging about once a week.
Once the boat is paid off what are your options?
One would be to continue living on board which would give us more disposable income.
The second option would be to replace the boat with a newer one.
The last option would be to sell the boat and use the money for a home deposit.
The last option is the least popular at the moment. We are also hesitant on replacing the boat with a newer one because after five years we will know everything about Sognare from how to sail her to what needs to be replaced and what doesn’t. We will also have her set up absolutely perfectly for our lifestyle by then and it would be a pity to have to start over!
Are you over the novelty yet?
This is almost the most common question!
No! Mainly because it isn’t a “novelty”. It’s a lifestyle choice we made very consciously. We are never going to follow the “normal” route that everyone our age seems so intent on: buy a house with the white picket fence and then have children and work your entire lives to pay for said house and children. A lot of people want that life and we respect that and the hard work that takes, however we just know it’s not for us.
There is something extremely liberating about firstly living a minimalist lifestyle, but also coming home after a crappy day at work and removing the dock lines to head out for a few hours or a few days. When you’re out on the water all the other worries fade away and the only thing you’re thinking about is sailing.
Everyone keeps saying “Well one day when you live in a house again…” but at this stage it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be a “when” but rather an “if” – living on land seems like a distant memory! We love living on the boat and the freedom it brings.
What work have you done so far?
The survey came back with only minimal things that needed attention so we have had a pretty good run.
- Deck filler caps replaced
- Shore power connection replaced
- Clear sides made up to enclose the cockpit area
- New Force10 stove. Same model just updated by 20 years!
- Oceanair Skyscreen hatch covers – these things are so cool!
- New taps in the galley and heads
- B&G instrumentation to replace old Raymarine
What upgrades are planned this year?
- Solar panel installation.
- New acrylics for the hatches as the current ones are crazed.
- Repairs to some minor gelcoat cracking
All of which will be documented on the blog of course!
How do you do laundry?
This is a common question and to be honest the answer is it is a pain. It is probably the only thing about living on a boat that is a real chore.
We have a small EzyWash camping/portable washing machine from Burnsco and it works really well. We normally just stick it somewhere in the cockpit area and use the transom shower to fill it and allow the water to drain overboard. If it’s raining the front head shower is the other good spot to do the washing. The hard part is the drying! At Fairway Bay Marina they don’t mind washing hanging on the boat, so we tend to hang everything out in the cockpit area now that we have it enclosed, or on the lifelines if it’s nice weather out. In winter it’s a little harder. When we are on shore power, we have a dehumidifier (R2-DeHu) which can take 20L of water out of the air each day. Having low humidity in the boat means the washing dries pretty quickly (even if there is very little space to walk with everything hanging up!). We purchased an Air-O-Dry as well and that works well to get that last little bit of moisture out of the clothes, but if you put dripping wet clothes in there the condensation in the boat can be horrendous if the dehumidifier isn’t also on.
Of course laundromats are always available for bigger items such as sheets and towels, or even if you just accumulate a large load of washing after a couple of work trips and can’t be bothered doing it by hand! The one nearby charges $4 for a wash and $5 for 25 minutes of dryer use.
What social media do you use?
Instagram is our main social media platform. We do have a few small clips on our YouTube Channel. A huge thank you to the current followers!
The growth we are getting on our Instagram is awesome and we can’t thank you enough.
You can visit our YouTube Channel but personally we don’t have enough content to make a weekly or even a monthly video. Before we look at doing any videos we really do need the equipment and software. We will definitely continue writing and bringing as many photos and videos to everyone as we possibly can.