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The Boat People

They prefer to be called "yachties"—but call them what you will, living on board a 27-footer in a Vero Beach marina can be a life-changing experience.

“So, what exactly do you do on a boat?” There is something about being a live-aboard that makes people look at you a little strangely, and for the first few months the question would put me on the defensive.

“Pretty much the same thing you do in your house,” I would say. “I live, sleep, eat, read. All the normal stuff one does while at home.”

Though the question irritated me, I could understand where the questions were coming from. Before moving aboard, I had always thought there was something a little offbeat about people who lived on their boats. So I find it funny (both comic and ironic) that initial reactions to the eccentricity of the situation are what offended me the most.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2000 issue