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Power & Motoryacht is looking for live-aboard boaters to interview for
an article. Specifically, we want to talk to active cruisers who own
powerboats (we don't cover sailboats or houseboats). If you have kids
or pets, even better!

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Old September 13th 03, 01:55 AM
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On 11 Sep 2003 07:55:09 -0700, (Power &
Motoryacht) wrote:

Power & Motoryacht is looking for live-aboard boaters to interview for
an article. Specifically, we want to talk to active cruisers who own
powerboats (we don't cover sailboats or houseboats). If you have kids
or pets, even better!



The Liveaboard Simulator -.......(c;

Just for fun, park your cars in the lot of the convenience store
at least 2 blocks from your house. (Make believe the sidewalk is a
floating dock between your car and the house.

Move yourself and your family (If applicable) into 2 bedrooms and 1
bathroom. Measure the DECK space INSIDE your boat. Make sure the
occupied house has no more space, or closet space, or drawer space.

Boats don't have room for "beds", as such. Fold your Sealy
Posturepedic up against a wall, it won't fit on a boat. Go to a hobby
fabric store and buy a foam pad 5' 10" long and 4' wide AND NO MORE
THAN 3" THICK. Cut it into a triangle so the little end is only 12"
wide. This simulates the foam pad in the V-berth up in the pointy bow
of the sailboat. Bring in the kitchen table from the kitchen you're
not allowed to use. Put the pad UNDER the table, on the floor, so you
can simulate the 3' of headroom over the pad. Block off both long
sides of the pad, and the pointy end so you have to climb aboard the
V-berth from the wide end where your pillows will be. The hull blocks
off the sides of a V-berth and you have to climb up over the end of it
through a narrow opening (hatch to main cabin) on a boat. You'll
climb over your mate's head to go to the potty in the night. No fun
for either party. Test her mettle and resolve by getting up this way
right after you go to bed at night. There are lots of things to do on
a boat and you'll forget at least one of them, thinking about it
laying in bed, like "Did I remember to tie off the dingy better?" or
"Is that spring line (at the dock) or anchor line (anchored out) as
tight as it should be?" Boaters who don't worry about things like
this laying in bed are soon aground or on fire or the laughing stock
of an anchorage.... You need to find out how much climbing over her
she will tolerate BEFORE you're stuck with a big boat and big marina
bills and she refuses to sleep aboard it any more.....

Bring a coleman stove into the bathroom and set it next to the
bathroom sink. Your boat's sink is smaller, but we'll let you use the
bathroom sink, anyways. Do all your cooking in the bathroom, WITHOUT
using the bathroom power vent. If you have a boat vent, it'll be a
useless 12v one that doesn't draw near the air your bathroom power
vent draws to take away cooking odors. Leave the hall door open to
simulate the open hatch. Take all the screens off your 2 bedroom's
windows. Leave the windows open to let in the bugs that will invade
your boat at dusk, and the flies attracted to the cooking.

Borrow a 25 gallon drum mounted on a trailer. Flush your
toilets into the drums. Trailer the drums to the convenience store to
dump them when they get full. Turn off your sewer, you won't have
one. This will simulate going to the "pump out station" every time
the tiny drum is full. 25 gallons is actually LARGER than most
holding tanks. They're more like 15 gallons on small sailboats under
40' because they were added to the boat after the law changed
requiring them and there was no place to put it or a bigger one. They
fill up really fast if you liveaboard!

Unless your boat is large enough to have a big "head" with full bath,
make believe your showers/bathtubs don't work. Make a deal with
someone next door to the convenience store to use THEIR bathroom for
bathing at the OTHER end of the DOCK. (Marina rest room) If you use
this rest room to potty, while you're there, make believe it has no
paper towels or toilet paper. Bring your own. Bring your own soap
and anything else you'd like to use there, too.

If your boat HAS a shower in its little head, we'll let you use the
shower end of the bathtub, but only as much tub as the boat has FREE
shower space for standing to shower. As the boat's shower drains into
a little pan in the bilge, be sure to leave the soapy shower water in
the bottom of the tub for a few days before draining it. Boat shower
sumps always smell like spent soap growing exotic living organisms
science hasn't actually discovered or named, yet. Make sure your
simulated V-berth is less than 3' from this soapy water for sleeping.
The shower sump is under the passageway to the V-berth next to your
pillows.

Run you whole house through a 20 amp breaker to simulate available
dock power at the marina. If you're thinking of anchoring out, turn
off the main breaker and "make do" with a boat battery and
flashlights. Don't forget you have to heat your house on this 20A
supply and try to keep the water from freezing in winter.

Turn off the water main valve in front of your house. Run a hose from
your neighbor's lawn spigot over to your lawn spigot and get all your
water from there. Try to keep the hose from freezing all winter.

As your boat won't have a laundry, disconnect yours. Go to a boat
supply place, like West Marine, and buy you a dock cart. Haul ALL
your supplies, laundry, garbage, etc. between the car at the
convenience store and house in this cart. Once a week, haul your
outboard motor to the car, leave it a day then haul it back to the
house, in the cart, to simulate "boat problems" that require "boat
parts" to be removed/replaced on your "dock". If ANYTHING ever comes
out of that cart between the convenience store and the house, put it
in your garage and forget about it. (Simulates losing it over the
side of the dock, where it sank in 23' of water and was dragged off by
the current.)

Each morning, about 5AM, have someone you don't know run a weedeater
back and forth under your bedroom windows to simulate the fishermen
leaving the marina to go fishing. Have him slam trunk lids, doors,
blow car horns and bang some heavy pans together from 4AM to 5AM
before lighting off the weedeater. (Simulates loading boats
with booze and fishing gear and gas cans.) Once a week, have him bang
the running weedeater into your bedroom wall to simulate the idiot who
drove his boat into the one you're sleeping in because he was half
asleep leaving the dock. Put a rope over a big hook in the ceiling
over your coffee table "bed". Hook one end of the rope to the coffee
table siderail and the other end out where he can pull on it. As soon
as he shuts off the weedeater, have him pull hard 9 times on the rope
to tilt your bed at least 30 degrees. (Simulates the wakes of the
fishermen blasting off trying to beat each other to the fishing.)
Anytime there is a storm in your area, have someone constantly pull on
the rope. It's rough riding storms in the marina! If your boat is a
sailboat, install a big wire from the top of the tallest tree to your
electrical ground in the house to simulate mast lightning strikes in
the marina, or to give you the thought of potential lightning strikes.

Each time you "go out", or think of going boating away from your
marina, disconnect the neighbor's water hose, your electric wires, all
the umbilicals your new boat will use to make life more bearable in
the marina. Use bottled drinking water for 2 days for everything.
Get one of those 5 gallon jugs with the airpump on top from a bottled
water company. This is your boat's "at sea" water system simulator.
You'll learn to conserve water this way. Of course, not having the
marina's AC power supply, you'll be lighting and all from a car
battery, your only source of power. If you own or can borrow a
generator, feel free to leave it running to provide AC power up to the
limit of the generator. If you're thinking about a 30' sailboat, you
won't have room for a generator so don't use it.

Any extra family members must be sleeping on the settees in the main
cabin or in the quarter berth under the cockpit....unless you intend
to get a boat over 40-something feet with an aft cabin. Smaller boats
have quarter berths. Cut a pad out of the same pad material that is
no more than 2' wide by 6' long. Get a cardboard box from an
appliance store that a SMALL refridgerator came in. Put the pad in
the box, cut to fit, and make sure only one end of the box is open.
The box can be no more than 2 feet above the pad. Quarter berths are
really tight. Make them sleep in there, with little or no air
circulation. That's what sleeping in a quarterberth is all about.

Of course, to simulate sleeping anchored out for the weekend, no heat
or air conditioning will be used and all windows will be open without
screens so the bugs can get in.

In the mornings, everybody gets up and goes out on the patio to enjoy
the sunrise. Then, one person at a time goes back inside to dress,
shave, clean themselves in the tiny cabin unless you're a family of
nudists who don't mind looking at each other in the buff. You can't
get dressed in the stinky little head with the door closed on a
sailboat. Hell, there's barely room to bend over so you can sit on
the commode. So, everyone will dress in the main cabin....one at a
time.

Boat tables are 2' x 4' and mounted next to the settee. There's no
room for chairs in a boat. So, eat off a 2X4' space on that kitchen
table you slept under while sitting on a couch (settee simulator).
You can also go out with breakfast and sit on the patio (cockpit), if
you like.

Ok, breakfast is over. Crank up the lawnmower under the window for 2
hours. It's time to recharge the batteries from last night's usage
and to freeze the coldplate in the boat's icebox which runs off a
compressor on the engine. Get everybody to clean up your little
hovel. Don't forget to make the beds from ONE END ONLY. You can't
get to the other 3 sides of a boat bed pad.

All hands go outside and washdown the first fiberglass UPS truck that
passes by. That's about how big the deck is on your 35' sailboat that
needs to have the ocean cleaned off it daily or it'll turn the white
fiberglass all brown like the UPS truck. Now, doesn't the UPS truck
look nice like your main deck?

Ok, we're going to need some food, do the laundry, buy some boat parts
that failed because the manufacturer's bean counters got cheap and
used plastics and the wife wants to "eat out, I'm fed up with cooking
on the Coleman stove" today. Let's make believe we're not at home,
but in some exotic port like Ft Lauderdale, today....on our cruise to
Key West......Before "going ashore", plan on buying all the food
you'll want to eat that will:
A - Fit into the Coleman Cooler on the floor
B - You can cook on the Coleman stove without an oven or all those
fancy kitchen tools you don't have on the boat
C - And will last you for 10 days, in case the wind drops and it takes
more time than we planned at sea.
Plan meals carefully in a boat. We can't buy more than we can STORE,
either!

You haven't washed clothes since you left home and everything is
dirty. Even if it's not, pretend it is for the boater-away-from-home
simulator. Put all the clothes in your simulated boat in a huge
dufflebag so we can take it to the LAUNDRY! Manny's Marina HAS a
laundromat, but the hot water heater is busted (for the last 8 months)
and Manny has "parts on order" for it.....saving Manny $$$$ on the
electric bill! Don't forget to carry the big dufflebag with us on our
"excursion". God that bag stinks, doesn't it?....PU!

Of course, we came here by BOAT, so we don't have a car. Some nice
marinas have a shuttle bus, but they're not a taxi. The shuttle bus
will only go to West Marine or the tourist traps, so we'll be either
taking the city bus, if there is one or taxi cabs or shopping at the
marina store which has almost nothing to buy at enormous prices.

Walk to the 7-11 store, where you have your car stored, but ignore the
car. Make believe it isn't there. No one drove it to Ft Lauderdale
for you. Use the payphone at the 7-11 and call a cab. Don't give the
cab driver ANY instructions because in Ft Lauderdale you haven't the
foggiest idea where West Marine is located or how to get there, unlike
at home. We'll go to West Marine, first, because if we don't the
"head" back on the boat won't be working for a week because little
Suzy broke a valve in it trying to flush some paper towels. This is
your MOST important project, today....that valve in the toilet!!
After the cab drivers drives around for an hour looking for West
Marine and asking his dispatcher how to get there. Don't forget to
UNLOAD your stuff from the cab, including the dirty clothes in the
dufflebag then go into West Marine and give the clerk a $100 bill,
simulating the cost of toilet parts. Lexus parts are cheaper than
toilet parts at West Marine. See for yourself! The valve she broke,
the seals that will have to be replaced on the way into the valve will
come to $100 easy. Tell the clerk you're using my liveaboard
simulator and to take his girlfriend out to dinner on your $100
greenback. If you DO buy the boat, this'll come in handy when you DO
need boat parts because he'll remember you for the great time his
girlfriend gave him on your $100 tip. Hard-to-find boat parts will
arrive in DAYS, not months like the rest of us. It's just a good
political move while in simulation mode.

Call another cab from West Marine's phone, saving 50c on payphone
charges. Load the cab with all your stuff, toilet parts, DIRTY
CLOTHES then tell the cabbie to take you to the laundromat so we can
wash the stinky clothes in the trunk. The luxury marina's laundry in
Ft Lauderdale has a broken hot water heater. They're working on it,
the girl at the store counter, said, yesterday. Mentioning the $12/ft
you paid to park the boat at their dock won't get the laundry working
before we leave for Key West. Do your laundry in the laundromat the
cabbie found for you. Just because noone speaks English in this
neighborhood, don't worry. You'll be fine this time of day near noon.

Call another cab to take us out of here to a supermarket. When you
get there, resist the temptation to "load up" because your boat has
limited storage and very limited refridgeration space (remember?
Coleman Cooler). Buy from the list we made early this morning.
Another package of cookies is OK. Leave one of the kids guarding the
pile of clean laundry just inside the supermarket's front door....We
learned our lesson and DIDN'T forget and leave it in the cab, again!

Call another cab to take us back to the marina, loaded up with clean
clothes and food and all-important boat parts. Isn't Ft Lauderdale
beautiful from a cab? It's too late to go exploring, today. Maybe
tomorrow.... Don't forget to tell the cab to go to the 7-11 (marina
parking lot)....not your front door....cabs don't float well.

Ok, haul all the stuff in the dock cart from the 7-11 store the two
blocks to the "boat" bedroom. Wait 20 minutes before starting out for
the house. This simulates waiting for someone to bring back a
marina-owned dock cart from down the docks.....They always leave them
outside their boats, until the marina "crew" get fed up with newbies
like us asking why there aren't any carts and go down the docks to
retrieve them.

Put all the stuff away, food and clothes, in the tiny drawer space
provided. Have a beer on the patio (cockpit) and watch the sunset.
THIS is living!

Now, disassemble the toilet in your bathroom, take out the wax ring
under it and put it back. Reassemble the toilet. This completes the
simulation of putting the new valve in the "head" on the boat. Uh,
uh, NO POWERVENT! GET YOUR HAND OFF THAT SWITCH! The whole "boat"
smells like the inside of the holding tank for hours after fixing the
toilet in a real boat, too! Spray some Lysol if you got it....

After getting up, tomorrow morning, from your "V-Berth", take the
whole family out to breakfast by WALKING to the nearest restaurant,
then take a cab to any local park or attraction you like. We're off
today to see the sights of Ft Lauderdale.....before heading out to
sea, again, to Key West. Take a cab back home after dinner out and go
to bed, exhausted, on your little foam pad under the table.....

Get up this morning and disconnect all hoses, electrical wires, etc.
Get ready for "sea". Crank up the lawn mower under the open bedroom
window for 4 hours while we motor out to find some wind. ONE
responsible adult MUST be sitting on the hot patio all day, in shifts,
"on watch" looking out for other boats, ships, etc. If you have a
riding lawn mower, let the person "on watch" drive it around the yard
all day to simulate driving the boat down the ICW in heavy traffic.
About 2PM, turn off the engine and just have them sit on the mower
"steering" it on the patio. We're under sail, now. Every hour or so,
take everyone out in the yard with a big rope and have a tug-of-war to
simulate the work involved with setting sail, changing sail, trimming
sail. Make sure everyone gets all sweaty in the heat. Sailors
working on sailboats are always all sweaty or we're not going anywhere
fast! Do this all day, today, all night, tonight, all day, tomorrow,
all night tomorrow night and all day the following day until 5PM when
you "arrive" at the next port you're going to. Make sure noone in the
family leaves the confines of the little bedroom or the patio during
out "trip". Make sure everyone conserves water, battery power, etc.,
things you'll want to conserve while being at sea on a trip somewhere.
Everyone can go up to the 7-11 for an icecream as soon as we get the
"boat" docked on day 3, the first time anyone has left the confines of
the bedroom/patio in 3 days.

Question - Was anyone suicidal during our simulated voyage? Keep an
eye out for anyone with a problem being cooped up with other family
members. If anyone is attacked, any major fights break out, any
threats to throw the captain to the fish.....forget all about boats
and buy a motorhome, instead.

Anyone got any more "liveaboard simulator" ideas he can use??

Larry...Gotta go dump the holding tanks, back in a bit.
God that stinks, don't it?....(c;

PS to the magazine editor.......

Remember, if you print this all the boat manufacturers will cancel
their ads. I'm not responsible for any of it. It's done in satire
and I declare it in the public domain. Feel free to print it
providing you don't take credit for it.

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Old September 14th 03, 11:16 PM
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Sounds like a bitter chap to me.

"Larry W4CSC" wrote in message
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On 11 Sep 2003 07:55:09 -0700, (Power &
Motoryacht) wrote:

Power & Motoryacht is looking for live-aboard boaters to interview for
an article. Specifically, we want to talk to active cruisers who own
powerboats (we don't cover sailboats or houseboats). If you have kids
or pets, even better!



The Liveaboard Simulator -.......(c;

Just for fun, park your cars in the lot of the convenience store
at least 2 blocks from your house. (Make believe the sidewalk is a
floating dock between your car and the house.

Move yourself and your family (If applicable) into 2 bedrooms and 1
bathroom. Measure the DECK space INSIDE your boat. Make sure the
occupied house has no more space, or closet space, or drawer space.

Boats don't have room for "beds", as such. Fold your Sealy
Posturepedic up against a wall, it won't fit on a boat. Go to a hobby
fabric store and buy a foam pad 5' 10" long and 4' wide AND NO MORE
THAN 3" THICK. Cut it into a triangle so the little end is only 12"
wide. This simulates the foam pad in the V-berth up in the pointy bow
of the sailboat. Bring in the kitchen table from the kitchen you're
not allowed to use. Put the pad UNDER the table, on the floor, so you
can simulate the 3' of headroom over the pad. Block off both long
sides of the pad, and the pointy end so you have to climb aboard the
V-berth from the wide end where your pillows will be. The hull blocks
off the sides of a V-berth and you have to climb up over the end of it
through a narrow opening (hatch to main cabin) on a boat. You'll
climb over your mate's head to go to the potty in the night. No fun
for either party. Test her mettle and resolve by getting up this way
right after you go to bed at night. There are lots of things to do on
a boat and you'll forget at least one of them, thinking about it
laying in bed, like "Did I remember to tie off the dingy better?" or
"Is that spring line (at the dock) or anchor line (anchored out) as
tight as it should be?" Boaters who don't worry about things like
this laying in bed are soon aground or on fire or the laughing stock
of an anchorage.... You need to find out how much climbing over her
she will tolerate BEFORE you're stuck with a big boat and big marina
bills and she refuses to sleep aboard it any more.....

Bring a coleman stove into the bathroom and set it next to the
bathroom sink. Your boat's sink is smaller, but we'll let you use the
bathroom sink, anyways. Do all your cooking in the bathroom, WITHOUT
using the bathroom power vent. If you have a boat vent, it'll be a
useless 12v one that doesn't draw near the air your bathroom power
vent draws to take away cooking odors. Leave the hall door open to
simulate the open hatch. Take all the screens off your 2 bedroom's
windows. Leave the windows open to let in the bugs that will invade
your boat at dusk, and the flies attracted to the cooking.

Borrow a 25 gallon drum mounted on a trailer. Flush your
toilets into the drums. Trailer the drums to the convenience store to
dump them when they get full. Turn off your sewer, you won't have
one. This will simulate going to the "pump out station" every time
the tiny drum is full. 25 gallons is actually LARGER than most
holding tanks. They're more like 15 gallons on small sailboats under
40' because they were added to the boat after the law changed
requiring them and there was no place to put it or a bigger one. They
fill up really fast if you liveaboard!

Unless your boat is large enough to have a big "head" with full bath,
make believe your showers/bathtubs don't work. Make a deal with
someone next door to the convenience store to use THEIR bathroom for
bathing at the OTHER end of the DOCK. (Marina rest room) If you use
this rest room to potty, while you're there, make believe it has no
paper towels or toilet paper. Bring your own. Bring your own soap
and anything else you'd like to use there, too.

If your boat HAS a shower in its little head, we'll let you use the
shower end of the bathtub, but only as much tub as the boat has FREE
shower space for standing to shower. As the boat's shower drains into
a little pan in the bilge, be sure to leave the soapy shower water in
the bottom of the tub for a few days before draining it. Boat shower
sumps always smell like spent soap growing exotic living organisms
science hasn't actually discovered or named, yet. Make sure your
simulated V-berth is less than 3' from this soapy water for sleeping.
The shower sump is under the passageway to the V-berth next to your
pillows.

Run you whole house through a 20 amp breaker to simulate available
dock power at the marina. If you're thinking of anchoring out, turn
off the main breaker and "make do" with a boat battery and
flashlights. Don't forget you have to heat your house on this 20A
supply and try to keep the water from freezing in winter.

Turn off the water main valve in front of your house. Run a hose from
your neighbor's lawn spigot over to your lawn spigot and get all your
water from there. Try to keep the hose from freezing all winter.

As your boat won't have a laundry, disconnect yours. Go to a boat
supply place, like West Marine, and buy you a dock cart. Haul ALL
your supplies, laundry, garbage, etc. between the car at the
convenience store and house in this cart. Once a week, haul your
outboard motor to the car, leave it a day then haul it back to the
house, in the cart, to simulate "boat problems" that require "boat
parts" to be removed/replaced on your "dock". If ANYTHING ever comes
out of that cart between the convenience store and the house, put it
in your garage and forget about it. (Simulates losing it over the
side of the dock, where it sank in 23' of water and was dragged off by
the current.)

Each morning, about 5AM, have someone you don't know run a weedeater
back and forth under your bedroom windows to simulate the fishermen
leaving the marina to go fishing. Have him slam trunk lids, doors,
blow car horns and bang some heavy pans together from 4AM to 5AM
before lighting off the weedeater. (Simulates loading boats
with booze and fishing gear and gas cans.) Once a week, have him bang
the running weedeater into your bedroom wall to simulate the idiot who
drove his boat into the one you're sleeping in because he was half
asleep leaving the dock. Put a rope over a big hook in the ceiling
over your coffee table "bed". Hook one end of the rope to the coffee
table siderail and the other end out where he can pull on it. As soon
as he shuts off the weedeater, have him pull hard 9 times on the rope
to tilt your bed at least 30 degrees. (Simulates the wakes of the
fishermen blasting off trying to beat each other to the fishing.)
Anytime there is a storm in your area, have someone constantly pull on
the rope. It's rough riding storms in the marina! If your boat is a
sailboat, install a big wire from the top of the tallest tree to your
electrical ground in the house to simulate mast lightning strikes in
the marina, or to give you the thought of potential lightning strikes.

Each time you "go out", or think of going boating away from your
marina, disconnect the neighbor's water hose, your electric wires, all
the umbilicals your new boat will use to make life more bearable in
the marina. Use bottled drinking water for 2 days for everything.
Get one of those 5 gallon jugs with the airpump on top from a bottled
water company. This is your boat's "at sea" water system simulator.
You'll learn to conserve water this way. Of course, not having the
marina's AC power supply, you'll be lighting and all from a car
battery, your only source of power. If you own or can borrow a
generator, feel free to leave it running to provide AC power up to the
limit of the generator. If you're thinking about a 30' sailboat, you
won't have room for a generator so don't use it.

Any extra family members must be sleeping on the settees in the main
cabin or in the quarter berth under the cockpit....unless you intend
to get a boat over 40-something feet with an aft cabin. Smaller boats
have quarter berths. Cut a pad out of the same pad material that is
no more than 2' wide by 6' long. Get a cardboard box from an
appliance store that a SMALL refridgerator came in. Put the pad in
the box, cut to fit, and make sure only one end of the box is open.
The box can be no more than 2 feet above the pad. Quarter berths are
really tight. Make them sleep in there, with little or no air
circulation. That's what sleeping in a quarterberth is all about.

Of course, to simulate sleeping anchored out for the weekend, no heat
or air conditioning will be used and all windows will be open without
screens so the bugs can get in.

In the mornings, everybody gets up and goes out on the patio to enjoy
the sunrise. Then, one person at a time goes back inside to dress,
shave, clean themselves in the tiny cabin unless you're a family of
nudists who don't mind looking at each other in the buff. You can't
get dressed in the stinky little head with the door closed on a
sailboat. Hell, there's barely room to bend over so you can sit on
the commode. So, everyone will dress in the main cabin....one at a
time.

Boat tables are 2' x 4' and mounted next to the settee. There's no
room for chairs in a boat. So, eat off a 2X4' space on that kitchen
table you slept under while sitting on a couch (settee simulator).
You can also go out with breakfast and sit on the patio (cockpit), if
you like.

Ok, breakfast is over. Crank up the lawnmower under the window for 2
hours. It's time to recharge the batteries from last night's usage
and to freeze the coldplate in the boat's icebox which runs off a
compressor on the engine. Get everybody to clean up your little
hovel. Don't forget to make the beds from ONE END ONLY. You can't
get to the other 3 sides of a boat bed pad.

All hands go outside and washdown the first fiberglass UPS truck that
passes by. That's about how big the deck is on your 35' sailboat that
needs to have the ocean cleaned off it daily or it'll turn the white
fiberglass all brown like the UPS truck. Now, doesn't the UPS truck
look nice like your main deck?

Ok, we're going to need some food, do the laundry, buy some boat parts
that failed because the manufacturer's bean counters got cheap and
used plastics and the wife wants to "eat out, I'm fed up with cooking
on the Coleman stove" today. Let's make believe we're not at home,
but in some exotic port like Ft Lauderdale, today....on our cruise to
Key West......Before "going ashore", plan on buying all the food
you'll want to eat that will:
A - Fit into the Coleman Cooler on the floor
B - You can cook on the Coleman stove without an oven or all those
fancy kitchen tools you don't have on the boat
C - And will last you for 10 days, in case the wind drops and it takes
more time than we planned at sea.
Plan meals carefully in a boat. We can't buy more than we can STORE,
either!

You haven't washed clothes since you left home and everything is
dirty. Even if it's not, pretend it is for the boater-away-from-home
simulator. Put all the clothes in your simulated boat in a huge
dufflebag so we can take it to the LAUNDRY! Manny's Marina HAS a
laundromat, but the hot water heater is busted (for the last 8 months)
and Manny has "parts on order" for it.....saving Manny $$$$ on the
electric bill! Don't forget to carry the big dufflebag with us on our
"excursion". God that bag stinks, doesn't it?....PU!

Of course, we came here by BOAT, so we don't have a car. Some nice
marinas have a shuttle bus, but they're not a taxi. The shuttle bus
will only go to West Marine or the tourist traps, so we'll be either
taking the city bus, if there is one or taxi cabs or shopping at the
marina store which has almost nothing to buy at enormous prices.

Walk to the 7-11 store, where you have your car stored, but ignore the
car. Make believe it isn't there. No one drove it to Ft Lauderdale
for you. Use the payphone at the 7-11 and call a cab. Don't give the
cab driver ANY instructions because in Ft Lauderdale you haven't the
foggiest idea where West Marine is located or how to get there, unlike
at home. We'll go to West Marine, first, because if we don't the
"head" back on the boat won't be working for a week because little
Suzy broke a valve in it trying to flush some paper towels. This is
your MOST important project, today....that valve in the toilet!!
After the cab drivers drives around for an hour looking for West
Marine and asking his dispatcher how to get there. Don't forget to
UNLOAD your stuff from the cab, including the dirty clothes in the
dufflebag then go into West Marine and give the clerk a $100 bill,
simulating the cost of toilet parts. Lexus parts are cheaper than
toilet parts at West Marine. See for yourself! The valve she broke,
the seals that will have to be replaced on the way into the valve will
come to $100 easy. Tell the clerk you're using my liveaboard
simulator and to take his girlfriend out to dinner on your $100
greenback. If you DO buy the boat, this'll come in handy when you DO
need boat parts because he'll remember you for the great time his
girlfriend gave him on your $100 tip. Hard-to-find boat parts will
arrive in DAYS, not months like the rest of us. It's just a good
political move while in simulation mode.

Call another cab from West Marine's phone, saving 50c on payphone
charges. Load the cab with all your stuff, toilet parts, DIRTY
CLOTHES then tell the cabbie to take you to the laundromat so we can
wash the stinky clothes in the trunk. The luxury marina's laundry in
Ft Lauderdale has a broken hot water heater. They're working on it,
the girl at the store counter, said, yesterday. Mentioning the $12/ft
you paid to park the boat at their dock won't get the laundry working
before we leave for Key West. Do your laundry in the laundromat the
cabbie found for you. Just because noone speaks English in this
neighborhood, don't worry. You'll be fine this time of day near noon.

Call another cab to take us out of here to a supermarket. When you
get there, resist the temptation to "load up" because your boat has
limited storage and very limited refridgeration space (remember?
Coleman Cooler). Buy from the list we made early this morning.
Another package of cookies is OK. Leave one of the kids guarding the
pile of clean laundry just inside the supermarket's front door....We
learned our lesson and DIDN'T forget and leave it in the cab, again!

Call another cab to take us back to the marina, loaded up with clean
clothes and food and all-important boat parts. Isn't Ft Lauderdale
beautiful from a cab? It's too late to go exploring, today. Maybe
tomorrow.... Don't forget to tell the cab to go to the 7-11 (marina
parking lot)....not your front door....cabs don't float well.

Ok, haul all the stuff in the dock cart from the 7-11 store the two
blocks to the "boat" bedroom. Wait 20 minutes before starting out for
the house. This simulates waiting for someone to bring back a
marina-owned dock cart from down the docks.....They always leave them
outside their boats, until the marina "crew" get fed up with newbies
like us asking why there aren't any carts and go down the docks to
retrieve them.

Put all the stuff away, food and clothes, in the tiny drawer space
provided. Have a beer on the patio (cockpit) and watch the sunset.
THIS is living!

Now, disassemble the toilet in your bathroom, take out the wax ring
under it and put it back. Reassemble the toilet. This completes the
simulation of putting the new valve in the "head" on the boat. Uh,
uh, NO POWERVENT! GET YOUR HAND OFF THAT SWITCH! The whole "boat"
smells like the inside of the holding tank for hours after fixing the
toilet in a real boat, too! Spray some Lysol if you got it....

After getting up, tomorrow morning, from your "V-Berth", take the
whole family out to breakfast by WALKING to the nearest restaurant,
then take a cab to any local park or attraction you like. We're off
today to see the sights of Ft Lauderdale.....before heading out to
sea, again, to Key West. Take a cab back home after dinner out and go
to bed, exhausted, on your little foam pad under the table.....

Get up this morning and disconnect all hoses, electrical wires, etc.
Get ready for "sea". Crank up the lawn mower under the open bedroom
window for 4 hours while we motor out to find some wind. ONE
responsible adult MUST be sitting on the hot patio all day, in shifts,
"on watch" looking out for other boats, ships, etc. If you have a
riding lawn mower, let the person "on watch" drive it around the yard
all day to simulate driving the boat down the ICW in heavy traffic.
About 2PM, turn off the engine and just have them sit on the mower
"steering" it on the patio. We're under sail, now. Every hour or so,
take everyone out in the yard with a big rope and have a tug-of-war to
simulate the work involved with setting sail, changing sail, trimming
sail. Make sure everyone gets all sweaty in the heat. Sailors
working on sailboats are always all sweaty or we're not going anywhere
fast! Do this all day, today, all night, tonight, all day, tomorrow,
all night tomorrow night and all day the following day until 5PM when
you "arrive" at the next port you're going to. Make sure noone in the
family leaves the confines of the little bedroom or the patio during
out "trip". Make sure everyone conserves water, battery power, etc.,
things you'll want to conserve while being at sea on a trip somewhere.
Everyone can go up to the 7-11 for an icecream as soon as we get the
"boat" docked on day 3, the first time anyone has left the confines of
the bedroom/patio in 3 days.

Question - Was anyone suicidal during our simulated voyage? Keep an
eye out for anyone with a problem being cooped up with other family
members. If anyone is attacked, any major fights break out, any
threats to throw the captain to the fish.....forget all about boats
and buy a motorhome, instead.

Anyone got any more "liveaboard simulator" ideas he can use??

Larry...Gotta go dump the holding tanks, back in a bit.
God that stinks, don't it?....(c;

PS to the magazine editor.......

Remember, if you print this all the boat manufacturers will cancel
their ads. I'm not responsible for any of it. It's done in satire
and I declare it in the public domain. Feel free to print it
providing you don't take credit for it.




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No, not bitter. Just tongue in cheek truthful.

"Down island cruising is boat maintenance in exotic settings."

Charlie


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On Mon, 15 Sep 2003 11:39:27 GMT, "Charlie J"
wrote:

No, not bitter. Just tongue in cheek truthful.

"Down island cruising is boat maintenance in exotic settings."

Charlie

Not bitter at all, envious! A couple of years ago we had a great time
expanding on this basic satire of mine....(c;

Love the quote.....Isn't bribing customs officials to get them to
release your desperately needed exhaust riser fun?!...(c;

Well, after spending the night "on watch" on the John Deere mower
looking for container ships, I'm a little tired. Think I'll sleep on
the dinette for a few hours after I run the flies from breakfast out
of here.....



Larry W4CSC

3600 planes with transponders are burning 8-10 million
gallons of kerosene per hour over the USA. R-12 car air
conditioners are responsible for the ozone hole, right?


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Old September 15th 03, 10:40 PM
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All in all, it was a good read. I don't think that deeply. I just like to
wing it and pay the consequences as I go. I take back the bitter comment.

"Larry W4CSC" wrote in message
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On Mon, 15 Sep 2003 11:39:27 GMT, "Charlie J"
wrote:

No, not bitter. Just tongue in cheek truthful.

"Down island cruising is boat maintenance in exotic settings."

Charlie

Not bitter at all, envious! A couple of years ago we had a great time
expanding on this basic satire of mine....(c;

Love the quote.....Isn't bribing customs officials to get them to
release your desperately needed exhaust riser fun?!...(c;

Well, after spending the night "on watch" on the John Deere mower
looking for container ships, I'm a little tired. Think I'll sleep on
the dinette for a few hours after I run the flies from breakfast out
of here.....



Larry W4CSC

3600 planes with transponders are burning 8-10 million
gallons of kerosene per hour over the USA. R-12 car air
conditioners are responsible for the ozone hole, right?



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Old September 16th 03, 02:25 AM
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On Mon, 15 Sep 2003 21:40:06 GMT, "whenindoubt"
wrote:

All in all, it was a good read. I don't think that deeply. I just like to
wing it and pay the consequences as I go. I take back the bitter comment.

That's ok. Many wives who have read it think it's very close to
reality...hee hee.



Larry W4CSC

3600 planes with transponders are burning 8-10 million
gallons of kerosene per hour over the USA. R-12 car air
conditioners are responsible for the ozone hole, right?


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