IMG_0362 (Large)I thought cruising was supposed to be relaxing. For the last two days we’ve done nothing but work on the boat from sunrise to sunset. We’ve taken many trips to stores for supplies, spent hours scrubbing grime from every surface, and Brian completed many repairs and upgrades. Finally the work is done and we leave tomorrow morning for a couple relaxing days on the Sea of Cortez. We still need to return to the marina for a sim card for the satellite phone, which was somehow delayed by FedEx. I’m excited to enjoy the boat and just snorkel and relax rather than scrubbing it for hours.

IMG_0359 (Large)I’ve washed every interior surface of the boat and added feminine touches throughout, and it’s starting to feel like home. The living room needed the most work. To the right is a photo of the earlier stages of the living room cleanup – scary! And this photo was taken after the cleanup had already begun. The boat is well built and in good shape overall, but it was certainly earning no style points. Here is my earlier blog post about arriving at the boat late at night and seeing it for the very first time, then sleeping in it and deciding it needed an extreme makeover before it became our home for five weeks.

IMG_0373 (Large)To the left is the living room post-makeover. I’m so happy with how it turned out. The new seat covers, pillows and clean floor give this room a whole new look and now it’s a pleasant place to hang out as the boat rocks gently here in the Marina De La Paz. After plenty of cleaning with orange scented Pledge wood cleaner, the boat even smells nice.The cabinets and seats have great storage space and we’ve filled them to the brim with food and supplies. We won’t have access to a good store for several weeks, so yesterday at the grocery store we filled the cart so full we could barely push it. We’ll be eating well, but simply. There is no refrigeration on the boat.

IMG_0372 (Large)To the right is the bathroom. It has a composting toilet which works well and is pretty convenient in the middle of the night. There are two compartments – one for pee and one for poo. The toilet is remarkably skilled at separating the two. The pee compartment gets emptied into the ocean every week or so, while the poo compartment is large and probably won’t need to be emptied this trip. It contains compost and a crank on the side of the toilet mixes it after each use. It doesn’t smell at all. This composting toilet is awesome. As you can see in the photo, we’ve stuffed all storage areas of the boat with food items, including the bathroom.

IMG_0364 (Large)Here’s the marine stove, which swings around on two strings attached at the sides. A couple scuba weights hang from the bottom to counterbalance the weight of a pot on top. The cooking surface stays level even when the boat is rocking. Beneath the stove I’ll be storing our very few cooking supplies – one pot with lid, one frying pan, a cutting board, plates, bowls, cups and utensils for two. Nothing fancy is needed aboard this boat, it’s just like van cooking only the stove moves with the boat. Very interesting setup.

IMG_0379 (Large)Here is a better view of the living room, showing the cabinets and our maps set out to plan tomorrow’s course. We’ll be going just a few miles away to a bay to relax and ease into the sailing trip gradually before returning to the marina on Friday. This will be a good test run for me; I’m excited to try sailing and hope I won’t be seasick or frightened by big waves.


Lisa Hackett

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One Response to Sailboat Extreme Makeover – Living Room

  1. Wow, this looks excellent – nice touches making the bare necessities just a little more palatable. I hope you guys have a wonderful time sailing, and I hope it agrees with you, Lisa! Cheers!

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Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a tall, blonde superhero and I live in a van and on a sailboat with my superhero husband, Brian. I do it all. I rappel big waterfalls, scuba dive with sharks, dodge encounters with bears and wolves, and work remotely as a full time computer programmer.
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Hi, I’m Vanifest. I’m a big, 4x4, off-the-grid van complete with solar panel for power. I'm a 2000 Dodge Ram Van and Lisa has had me since 2009. Read more about me here.


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