Hello it’s Debbie from the CraftyPerson team. I live in Portland Oregon on a boat. I know, a little different but it’s me. I often am asked what it is like to live-aboard a boat year-round? I thought I would take an opportunity to give you a little tour of our home sweet home.
We live on a 1997 40′ Carver 400. It’s similar to living in a 40′ RV but wider and it’s on the water. The width of our boat is 13′. If I had to guess a square footage, I would say 650 sf. We live in an upscale marina on the Columbia River which separates between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
We have three decks on this boat; a bridge, a mid-deck, and an aft-deck outside the master room sleeping area.
Below is a picture of our “living room”. It’s quite comfortable. I lay on the couch often to watch TV. We’ve had up to 8 people sitting and watching a game before.
The kitchen is compact. We have a convection microwave, large refrigerator, and two gas burners.
Here’s our oven.
This is the forward guest room. Or what I often call my recovery cave. I can spend hours in this comfy area watching TV or reading. It has a great skylight. The guest bathroom is between the kitchen and this room.
This is the master sleeping area which has a bathroom to the left with a full shower.
The bridge is where it all happens. There is a bench in front for guests to sit while we are cruising so they have incredible views. We have an ice-maker, stereo and sink close to this area.
So that’s it. You may be asking where do I keep all my crafting supplies? I keep my Paper Pumpkin Monthly Craft kits on the boat. They are so small and everything I need is contained in a box. I simply bring it out and craft away. All the “other” stuff is at my team’s house or in my storage unit.
It’s a short tour but there isn’t much more to see. 🙂
I find it amazing that you live on a boat year round. What do you do in the winter? Where do you store all of your paper products?
Hello Diane. Living in the Pacific Northwest we can leave our boat in the water year-round. We have a wonderful diesel furnace that heats the boat up very well so we are comfortable. Now my paper products is another story. We have a storage unit that I have converted to my stamp studio. When it’s too hot or cold to use it, my team has offered for me to stamp with them.
Your home is beautiful! We used to live on our sailboat in the summer in the Annapolis,Maryland area. I loved it and always found some room for my crafty things. Don’t you find the people on your dock have gone from friends to family? It’s a fun lifestyle. Enjoy!!!
Thanks Nancy. I do love it and it’s true. Boatie people have become our little family community.
Thanks for the tour!
Thanks for the comment Sandra. I’m thrilled you’ll be joining us at our retreat at the beach in September. You are going to love it!
Debbie, that’s amazing! You have perfected minimalism and I’m sure it has given you a great deal of personal and creative freedom! Can you tell I’m a little bit jealous? Thanks for sharing your home, and I wish you love and laughter to fill it full! 🙂
Thank you Carol for visiting my little abode. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. You’ll have to come visit sometime.
We are neighbors my boat was moored
On the Multnomah Channel. In PORTLAND OREGON