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Two days on the hard

Pantry staples have been transferred from shed to boat cupboard. M is manfully keeping his mouth almost shut about the increasing clutter onboard. We are both keen to keep a significantly minimalist environment – but when there are no cupboard doors, the existence of many jars, tins and packets cannot be ignored. 

We don’t have anywhere for cutlery yet – no drawers. So I have been stuffing things whereever I find gaps. I know M is inwardly lamenting the loss of his Tokyo apartment minimalism, but has acknowledged that – IT IS A CATAMARAN! There is a whole other hull that has nothing but a mattress in it, and three violins. 

Here is the current setup – it’s kind of hard to fit it all in one little square picture. But know this – I am SO thankful to have my caravan here at the moment. I am so incredibly tired, that I am hiding in it right now after sneaking home from work, and will shortly conk out and (hopefully) get a much needed uninterrupted eight hours…

Catamaran, cars, caravan and crane.

The first day aboard was spent transferring stuff from shed to boat. Yesterday involved our violin lessons, visiting Bramble Farm to pick our own raspberries and then Small Z’s karate class at 4pm. The driving has increased because of the distance to the boatyard and our stamina was well and truly absent by the end of it all. 

Small Z threw a savage tantrum at the end of karate. I’m so tired I can’t remember exactly what I did besides tell her to get out of the hall because she was interupting the next class. Two other parents reassured me afterward – I must appear to be fraying at the eges. I feel like I have not had a reaonsable nights sleep for about ten days. 

Roosters helpfully awoke me every morning we were housesitting. The Smalls are out of whack in the new boat environment and one, or both of them has crawled in with me the past two nights. Last night I bedded down in the caravan – which is about 20 feet from the boat. Bliss… until the alarm went off at 5am.

Given the current situation, it continues to be most viable for me to do one looooong work day, though how the owner of the boatyard feels about me starting up the car at 5.15am I will not find out until tomorrow. I feel like I will probably be his own annoying rooster for one day each week. 

Small DB has her first week of five-hour days at kindergarten – and it will be interesting to see how it goes. It’s a pain in the arse to drive 20 minutes to get here there when we are used to walking four blocks – but she is enjoying it, and frankly, at the moment, it provides a nice shift in the family dynamic. Although I think she will be doing two days instead of three. Three is overkill. We shall see…

Daisy on the bottom bunk.


Mirabel Bun-anza Bunny


Finally. A day at home.


  1. Cool shot of DB and the bunk. Hopefully things will smooth out for you and this upheaval will be a fading memory. Just curious, where does the kitchen go, in one of the hulls or up top? Also, when you put the boat into the water do you have to take everything out of it first? This is also going to sound like a real dumb question but have you tested it does it float? How much stuff can go into the boat and still keep it buoyant?

  2. They are so NOT dumb questions. I asked M the same one about – can everything stay in it as it is put into the water? Answer was ‘yes’. But I think I will be putting anything that could fall over on the floor before it’s moved!!

    I want to get some interior pictures – the space makes it hard. We chose to put the kitchen in the hull to maximise the living space up top – and so far I am happy with this! The kitchen is right outside the Smalls tiny room – and rather than disturbing them, the rummaging and chitchat seems to balm them when they are in bed. As far as whether it floats – I am 99% sure it will! And M tells me that it can hold about a tonne and still sail along OK – there’s no way we will get ANYWHERE near that!!

  3. Wow a ton, I never realized a boat could hold that much.

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