There are lots of boats out on Vessup Bay. I know there are lots of people living on those boats too. Living on a boat is a little dream of mine but living on a boat comes with its own unique challenges.
I fantasize about living on a boat free from the encumbrances of daily life. I'd get a solar panel, a wind generator and even a gas powered generator as a back up. Television is certainly not necessary cause you can actually get pretty good internet on a boat wirelessly. Mmmmm my own self sustained little cocoon. "No phone, no lights, no motor car, not a single luxury, like Robinson Crusoe, it's primitive as can be."
The problem is I've seen some of these folks and let me tell you it ain't always pretty. The loner life does something to you. I've seen people transform. I don't know if it's that they lose a sense of community or lack interaction or have just plain given up. Sailboats dingy's and beaches don't make for a very interactive social life.
I don't know how I did it when I was younger. As I said on an earlier post, I used to crew on a sailboat out of Sausalito and we used to race sailboats on the weekends. I absolutely loved it. Today I have real problems with sea sickness. I don't know what happened to me over the years but I now have to tank up with Dramamine if I even want to look at a boat.
I'm still keeping it in the back of my mind. I might still have it in me but I look at that lifestyle now and have some questions. Me and a dog living on a sailboat, painting pictures, and writing little blog posts. The loner in me is screaming Yes! Yes! Yes!. The practical me is cringing with the daily challenges.
I see this guy coming in with his dog to go for a walk when I go for a beach walk in the morning. Lovely little dog - though it bit me once. It was more of a love nip than a bite. Since he has satisfied himself that I don't taste really good he hasn't nipped at me any more. He still comes up to say hi and get a little pat on the head though.