When I got married back in May of 1981 we really had no money to afford a home or an apartment so our next best thing was to move on board the yacht my father and I bought a few years earlier.
My father and I purchased a 1950 Chris Craft that needed some work, but still was sea worthy. We set sail for a 100 mile voyage from Barnegat, New Jersey to Riverside, New Jersey were we purchased a boat slip.
The boat had twin flat head 6 cylinder engines that ran very well even at the age the boat was. The trip took 2 days to get to Riverside. Once at our port we began working on the boat doing wood work and tuning up the engines. The boat was all Mahogany that need much sanding and varnishing in order to make this gem back to looking like new.
So, after our honeymoon my wife and I moved on board and began to live the life of boaters. So many people would ask us, “what is it like to live aboard a Yacht?” Our answer to them was awesome.
Like I said, there was no way the room that there would be in a apartment, but it was cozy and comfy for us and we were thrill that my father allowed us to stay on board until we saved enough money for our first apartment.
Living a board a yacht had it ups and downs. We made so many friends on the dock, and just hung out with them each night after work, and partied away on weekends. That was the up side of living on the boat. The best thing was that everyone there had the same interest which were our boats. The down side was just not having any room to store our belongings and not to be able to move around freely like you would in a home or apartment.
One other great thing was that if you didn’t like your neighbors you could just untie the lines and move. That never happened to us because we loved everyone on our dock and the docks that surrounded us.
It was like one big family. On the weekends my father would come down to the boat and we would gas her up, and take off down the river to a cove that everyone went to for the weekends. Back then with the cost of fuel, and in our case it was gasoline not diesel. The cost to make that trip back and forth was about $50.00. I can’t imagine what it would cost nowadays to make that same trip up and down the river.
So really, even though the yacht had close quarters, it was still the best year of our life. After almost a year my wife got pregnant and we had to make a move to an apartment were there would be enough room for our new born son.
We both are still married to each other, and this May will be 33 years we will be married, and we still go boating just in a much smaller boat.