8 Things We’re Giving up to Live on a Boat

November 23, 2017

Despite our Instagram being filled with  glamorous photos of us in bikini’s and board shorts swimming in crystal clear seas, life at sea isn’t always like this.  Living on a boat full time requires a lot of sacrifice! It was a big adjustment at first, but we quickly got the hang of things. Below is a list of some of the harder things we’ve had to give up in order to live this life at sea!

8 Things We're Giving up to Live on a Boat

Our room on deck, -it use to be the old wetsuit closet (It’s a lot smaller than it looks 🙂


  1. Hot showers – WTF is that? As full-time crew, we don’t have that luxury. We have a system on the boat that creates fresh water from salt water, but not endless amounts. We have to be extremely conservative about our water consumption, and our bathroom does not have a water heater. Most days we end up just showering on deck. It is not so bad as we are in the tropics full time. But after a 70 minute night dive in 21-degree water on a rainy evening, a hot shower would be nice….
  2. Cardio – Most people think that living on a boat and cruising the seas full time means you must be super healthy. We are living the outdoor lifestyle right? Well, think again…. Space is EXTREMELY limited and were often at sea for days/weeks and have no space or time to ever ‘go for a walk or run’. Cabin fever is real my friends and it hits your hard! You are continually confined to walking the 100ft length of the vessel. At first, we told ourselves we would do workouts on deck, but most of the time the ocean is too rough and its impossible. Yes, when we are on land we go for walks and hikes, but the time we spend on land compared to the time at sea is minimal. Let’s just say after a year at sea our endurance capabilities have gone to sh*t.8 Things We're Giving up to Live on a Boat
  3. Food Choice – Goodbye grocery shopping and stocked supermarkets, hello canned food, rice and whatever we catch on the end of our fishing line. Yes, sometimes we eat the most glorious fresh seafood; tuna sashimi, lobsters, rock oysters, whatever we can catch, etc., but definitely not on a daily basis. Typically we eat rice and canned food for breakfast lunch and dinner. We only come across fresh vegetables and fruits when we are docked in a port. We stop at a lot of islands along the way, but most have no market and nothing to sell. We eat what is available, and often that is not very much.Raja Laut Sailing the Banda Sea, Indonesia - GoingEpicPlaces
  4. Internet / Reliable connection – No wifi onboard which means we are limited to 3G cell connection to check the web / social media. 3G is very hard to come across in most of the regions we sail, and often we are disconnected for 2-3 weeks without any cell connection whatsoever. This is not always a bad thing, as disconnecting from the doom and gloom of world news and social media gives your brain more space to think more valuable thoughts and reflect. But no internet for weeks on end is pretty hard if you’re trying to run a blog or keep in contact with friends and family on a regular basis.
  5. Social Life/ Partying – As you can imagine, its’ pretty dull. Sure you get to experience a new and different type of socializing, i.e. having a strong alcoholic drink with a village chief at 10 am, explaining where you are from and what you are doing (all in their native language). Don’t get us wrong; we love this as much as the next traveler. Yet, after months at sea, we will admit to eventually developing a strong yearning for a night out in town with friends. However, our alcohol tolerance is definitely not what it use to be, and we probably won’t make it past 11 pm.
  6. Fashion – Being based in a warm climate we wear our bathers 24/7. If not, we just wear the same baggy shorts and T-shirts for days in a row until the stink is unmanageable ( Land dwellers, please don’t take laundry services for granted ) After a year on the boat all our clothes have become sun and salt bleached, full of holes and marked with rust stains from drying them on the anchor chain or safety rails. Every time we come back to civilization for a few days, we stick out and look like full on water-hobos.
  7. Pizza – If some one has info on a pizza delivery service in remote Indonesia, please hit us up! Praying Indonesia will soon pick up on the trend of drone delivery groceries … Will need a military grade drone though to reach the remote places we are based in..
  8. Privacy – Very limited. Sure privacy is no problem with your partner, yet, not matter how strong your relationship with your significant other, EVERYONE eventually wants some privacy/ alone time. Sometimes when a tension or agitation develops due to lack of privacy, one of us might grab the paddle board, paddle to land and go hike up the nearest mountain, just to get some space.

Despite all these negatives, the positives of living full time at sea for us outweigh the negatives. Waking up and seeing the ocean first thing in the morning is true bliss. We’ve discovered a lot about our selves and each other on this boat. Life never gets dull when you’re pushing forward into new horizons.

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  • Reply Ingrid November 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    It’s awesome to see your beautiful photographs, and thanks for sharing the realistic sacrifices which are so often purposefully ignored.
    Keep up the great adventures!

    • Reply Gustav & Etoile November 26, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Shweet Thanks Ingrid! 🙂
      Yea we think it’s good to show a bit of what happens behind the scenes, instead of just the picture perfect.
      Thanks for the nice Feedback!

  • Reply Tara November 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Nice article, at least you guys really appreciate the everyday things available in a city that most people take for granted. Hopefully more people can realise that and me more appreciative of their current lives.
    Thanks for sharing, keep writing, I enjoy reading it! xxx

    • Reply Gustav & Etoile November 28, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Rooster! Yeah this whole thing has made us REALLY appreciate things, but more importantly made us realize how little we actually need!
      Hope you good and catch ya again next time in HK!

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