Have you ever considered a watery existence? Life on a boat can be hard work but as more people are discovering, there are certainly benefits to life aboard a houseboat. There are many ways to live your life and be happy but if you feel you’re not quite where you should be, then maybe a different kind of life is calling to you. Here are 10 top reasons to get afloat:
#1 The Views
Imagine waking up to an undisturbed sunrise every day and sitting out on the deck enjoying the stunning sunset every night. These views can be yours and when you get bored of looking at one place, you can simply move your home to another beautiful spot! How amazing it would be to look out the window and see a constantly changing view.
#2 Problem Neighbors?
Don’t get on with your neighbors and sick of the constant parties/loud music/squabbling/parking issues? Well, on a houseboat if you have a problem, you simply move on. How many times have we wished we could pick up our house and move it? The wonderful thing about a houseboat is that you never have to stay in the same neighborhood.
#3 No More Gardening
For anyone who isn’t green-fingered, the thought of never having to mow, clip, trim and weed a garden ever again is just heavenly. If you desire a touch of green then maybe get some potted plants then all you need do is water it occasionally!
Be a captain and a homeowner. Most people will only ever be one of these but you get to be both. Captain your own boat, wear a great hat and be proud of the fact that when you’re done sailing – you have no tiresome commute! Imagine how liberating it is to be able to move your home! Houses are so expensive right now and some people may never feel able to own their own home and many people find it easier to purchase a houseboat instead.
#5 Instant fishing
Cupboards looking a bit bare? You don’t have to travel far to snag some terrific fresh fish. Dangle a rod over the side of the boat and hey presto, a delicious fish supper! Probably best to do some homework on this as you don’t want to eat something you shouldn’t!
#6 Live Clutter-Free
When you live on a boat, you have little choice but to keep furniture and belongings light. The perfect solution is minimalism and this might appeal to you if you’re sick of storing all of life’s clutter and feel ready to part with the countless things we burden ourselves with. We can all admit to owning too many clothes, shoes, cars or whatever. Boat living is a quieter, less materialistic way of living.
#7 Never a Dull Day
No staring out of the window waiting for something exciting to happen. You have the freedom to be the creator of your own destiny, every single day. Choose where to go, when to go and travel at your own speed. You answer to no-one and can have a different adventure every day. Meet people you wouldn’t have met and see sights you’d never have seen.
#8 Great Night’s Sleep
If you have difficulty sleeping then imagine being lulled to sleep by the gently rocking boat or the sounds of water? The noise of the rain falling on the roof and the distant sounds of sea birds calling on the breeze. This is sure to put you into such a relaxed state of mind that dozing off should no longer be a problem!
#9 Total Privacy
Docking somewhere secluded and peaceful means that you could have the whole place to yourself. If you want to walk around your boat in the nude then that’s your business. You can do so in the safe knowledge that there’s no-one peeping over the back fence or walking past on the sidewalk! You’ll find peace and quiet and definitely no annoying salespeople ringing the doorbell!
#10 More Money in your Pocket
One of the huge benefits of living on a houseboat is that it offers a vastly reduced cost of living. Bills on a boat are minimal and even paying the marina fee is substantially less than normal household bills. When you’re on the move, it’s even cheaper. If living green is important to you then it’s much easier to achieve this on a houseboat as you’ll be using less resources.