What do we do on board, to keep busy and have fun?
It’s an understandable question from someone who hasn’t yet had the chance to dip into the cruising life. The way spend our days shifted radically once we started living on the boat. There were a few brief months of living aboard and continuing our “normal” life of work and school routines, but really, it’s because the move aboard coincided with departing on our cruising adventures.
Many days, what we do is driven by meeting basic needs. What needs fixing (and how urgently)? Do we need food? Do we need to do laundry? These deceptively simple questions can become complicated and time consuming tasks on a boat that’s far from the streamlined shopping cart at home.
I think when non-cruisers ask this question about “what do we do?”, this kind of mundane life maintenance is mentally pushed aside- it’s an expected part of everyday life fabric, which disappears into the mesh of busy days…and is facilitated with easy power, water, laundry machines, dishwashers, supermarkets and handymen.
Really, though- we do have a lot of time. When Maslow does not press us with urgent demands, we usually choose to explore the world around us: especially, the world underwater.
I find it hard not to set out on foot, with anyone I can convince to come in tow, and see what lies beyond that ridge or far point.
My most avid pre-cruising hobby was knitting, which fell completely by the wayside. I still love to knit, I just found it hard to get motivated to work with yarn and wool in a tropical climate.