There is a lot of different things to living on a boat. When you want to turn on a light at home, you just flick on the light switch, but on a boat you go to a big control panel that turns on everything on whatever area you want on the boat. For example you turn on cabin lights at the control panel then you can go and turn on the lights. You also can’t leave them on for long because we have a very limited amount of power in our batteries.
Another thing we have to conserve on is cooking because we only have a small gas tank so we can’t run the stove for a long period of time. As you can see, we only have 3 cupboards so we have to pack all our food in very tightly. We store food in other compartments that are not meant for food. We also do not have an oven on our boat so we have something called an Omni Pot. It acts just like an oven but you put it on the stove top or grill top because we have a grill on the back of our boat. Our refrigerator is not exactly how it would look at home. It’s more like a cooler sitting inside a counter top.
We also have limited water. Our tank is only 70 gallons. To use water, we go to our control panel and turn our water pressure on and then we go to the sink and turn the water on. A water pump from the tank pumps the water to the sink. When we brush our teeth, we only turn the water on for 3 seconds or less.
We have 2 air conditioners on our boat. It is rare to have 2 on a boat and in other parts of the country it is rare to have any. We can only use them when we are hooked up to shore power. We are hooked up to shore power by a big, thick cord that runs from a plug in on our boat to a special plug in on the dock. Also on our control panel we have a DC side and an AC side. We can only run AC when we are hooked up to shore power but we can run DC when we are not but we can’t use much because of our limited battery power supply.
If you want to know anything else about living on a boat, let me know.