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What do you miss most, going from home to boat?

“An auxiliary cruising boat is without question the most compact and ingenious arrangement for living ever devised by the restless mind of man – a home that is stable without being stationary, shaped less like a box than like a fish or a bird or a girl, and in which the homeowner can remove his daily affairs as far from shore as he has the nerve to take them. Here the sprawling panoply of The Home is compressed in orderly miniature and liquid delirium, suspended between the bottom of the sea and the top of the sky.

E.B. White, “The Sea and the Wind that Blows”

What do you think? The twitter question: What do you miss most about land-dwelling when you’re on a boat?” Answers below.

What do people want to have in their boat to make it more like home?

Here’s what’s been trending (From our friends at Sail magazine).

A note about washer/dryers. On recent cruises, we’ve found more and more that many mooring areas and most marinas do not allow clothes on the lifelines anymore. So a washer dryer makes sense. But note, if you’ve heard negative reactions to the “Combo-matic” washer/dryer because it takes too long to dry–FP has addressed that. FP, for virtually all models including the 40′, provides a laundry room with sufficient space to install a vented Combo-matic. This makes all of the difference. It drys like your dryer at home

More great owner’s cabin ideas–or why shouldn’t your owner’s cabin be more like home?

  • Island bed with huge storage under.
  • More storage lockers than ever before with sliding bins and eliminating the small sofa that wasted space.
  • Desk for quiet office space away from main saloon.
  • Separate vanity with full height shower door to keep it dry, and a full height linen locker to make it more like home.
  • A laundry room, with full height door. Room for a “vented” Comb-o-matic washer/dryer. Throw in your clothes, go to dinner, and take out dry laundry when you return.

Your view of the world, the words in your head, determine where you voyage next.

The words about your boat as a home. Words matter.


Dedicated to my recently lost friends: Jack Sherwood, a sailor who was always out there, and Bobby G (Grieser), who recorded it all for the rest of us.

Be sure to watch for the upcoming movie, “Following Seas” (short trailer here) about Bob Griffith and Nancy, who awakened the idea of sailing self-sufficiency to us all. Saw the original cuts from lost 16mm film. My review… “Awesome — an expression of the awesome pull of the sea on many of us.”

From Nancy, “… most people don’t have the confidence to make their own major decisions, so they’re afraid to cast off and lead a life of self determination.” Watched at the Annapolis Film festival. Follow the Facebook schedule and development of the commercial release.

Eric Smith

Senior Sales Consultant, Partner
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