I keep my boat on an anchor in the harbor, in constant worry that the harbormaster will ask me to leave. Gloucester is not a welcoming place for any boaters, except fishing boats. This requires me to row in every morning and back out every evening. Round trip, the row can be about 40 min, so I try to do it only once each day. That means packing everything for the day, and returning to my boat only to sleep at night. It is feeling less and less like a cozy home, and I miss it. And I miss my cat, Dory. He misses me too.
I asked Ben to lend me his motor for my dinghy. The dinghy is difficult to row and it wastes a lot of valuable time in the day. With a motor, I could zip home in the middle of the day to change my cloths or fix dinner. He loaded it in his car and drove it up to Gloucester, but just as we were about to launch it, he said to me, “do you really want this?” Well, why wouldn’t I? It would make life much easier and more enjoyable. “Of course I do” I said. “But its not living simply.” And that hit me. He was right. I had been so accustomed to finding solutions to make life easier that I forgot my goal. This time, a simple solution, was not living simply. I would have to maintain the motor, fuel it, and lug it around. It would smell, make noise, and ruin the beauty of the dinghy cutting through the water with oars dipping in and out to a cadence of simple life.
Just a thought, if you sell your car, buy an electric trolling motor and an extra battery… this way your not using gas to fuel your motor and the battery can be charged off solar or wind power. A little greener but at the same time makes your life a little simpler. There is also a safety factor… what happens if it gets stormy and rough while your rowing back…well the motor would be able to help you get there more smoothly. Best of luck from another Liveaboard.
This is a dumb question, but, what about a sail?
Its a good question, John. I didn’t have a sail for the dinghy. Its Ben’s dinghy and I was borrowing it. He has a sail for it now, but we row more often. The wind is unpredictable and setting up the sail is time consuming. Rowing ashore is much more efficient.
That Portland Pudgy you guys are playing around with in one of your youtube videos seems like it could be a good solution. If the wind is right put up the sail and spare your arms the hardship.