Living in a small space that is constantly moving presents its own set of challenges. These are some of the ways we have found to increase or comfort and pleasure while living aboard.

The Throne

Preparing to liveaboard a sailboat for a year entails many considerations. With an endless budget a boat could be designed and built to make life as comfortable on board as it is on land. There are boats available that do just that. Those were beyond our budget.

Transforming Second Star from an able coastal cruiser sailing from marina to marina with short stays on anchor entailed consideration of our daily activities and how to make them comfortable. Activities that were frequent, daily or more often rose to the top of the list, less frequent activities fell lower on the list. Landing at the top were sleeping, eating, and eliminating.

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Save the Knees!

Sailors spend a lot of time in awkward positions and frequently on their knees for long period of time. One of the most useful items we have is a gardener’s kneeling pad. Designed for the gardener who spends time weeding and planting they are also work for the sailor working on the diesel, cleaning the sole, or digging through lockers. They can also double as a cockpit cushion. We have couple onboard.

Available online at Amazon or most home and garden centers.