|The Benjamins, North Channel of Lake Huron|
But with this new lifestyle I find that what we deal with now is a bit different than when we lived on land. On land we had no limit to our power, water and utility use but that is so not the case living on a boat. Instead of mowing our lawn we polish stainless steal that seems to rust over night, instead of cleaning out the garage we are constantly rearranging and purging our lazarette, instead of reaching into the pantry I have to remove no less than three items to access our food stores and stuff my upper half into a locker to locate and retrieve the necessary items. Oh, and we have to watch every ounce of water and amp of power used too, see, it's markedly different.
|Bae Finne Fjiord, North Channel|
Waste: Not the most pleasant topic, I admit, but something that we still have to deal with and plan for. In the Great Lakes, Erie Canal and up until we made our first ocean passage we had to get our 'black water' pumped out at marinas, usually for a pretty nominal fee, because using our on board system to pump it overboard is illegal in these waters. We can usually make our 35 gallon holding tank last us about 2 1/2 weeks but we don't like to push it that close. Trust me, it's not pleasant. Once we get 3 miles offshore in the ocean we can legally pump it overboard which is a bit odd (and equally gross) the first few times you do it. And then there is the dog to consider, she has to go too. Although she's a little easier to deal with; if we're somewhere that we're a) required to or b) feel like we should, we'll bag and properly dispose of...materials. It's no small amount of time and effort this lifestyle requires for maintaining, planning and disposing of waste. Good times!
|Flower Pot Island, Georgian Bay|
|Old aqueducts on the Erie Canal|
|Beautiful upstate NY along the Hudson River|
|The Big Apple!|