Mosaic Family Voyage: Learning to Live Aboard
In October 2016, our landlubber family took the leap and moved aboard our new sailboat, Mosaic, in a marina on Hayden Island at Jantzen Beach. We enjoyed two weeks of nice, fall weather before being slammed with the worst Pacific Northwest winter in recent memory. We hadn’t a clue what we were getting ourselves into, but with our goal fixed firmly in mind, we jumped full-steam-ahead into liveaboard life.
It rained incessantly throughout November, and by December that rain had turned to snowstorm after snowstorm after ice storm after snowstorm. December, January, and February passed in a blur of semi-misery for us. The temperatures outside were freezing as often as not and the water around the boat even froze three inches thick. We had just two small space heaters to warm the boat, so we lived in layers of warm clothes as the temperatures frequently dipped into the 50s inside the boat overnight.
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