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As someone who has spent most of his adult life arguing that the glass is half full as opposed to half empty, I feel somewhat obligated to write a follow-up post to the one that I recently put up about why life in a boatyard sucks. So, here we go, 5 things that make life in a boatyard suck a bit less.

Note: These positive things specifically relate to our time here at Peake. I wish they were paying me to write this post, but they aren’t! 🙂

  • 1. Glasses don’t get knocked over by waves

It is almost laughable but we are so trained to not leave a glass unattended on a narrow ledge, it has taken me quite some effort to simply let go and trust that a glass will not fall over. It doesn’t, and that’s a nice change!

Is the glass half full or half empty? Who cares. What matters is that it’s not going to fall over!

  • 2. Hollywood showers

After a hard day of work, nothing feels as good as a nice, long shower. Peake has some very nice, recently-renovated, air-conditioned shower rooms, and we’ve been taking full advantage of them. While we can, of course, shower when we’re at anchor, we’re a bit more picky about water conservation when we’re drawing from the boat’s tank.

  • 3. Unlimited water and electricity

Even though most of our plumbing is offline, we do have access to unlimited, high-pressure water via a garden hose. Additionally, our ship’s batteries are super happy as we’ve been able to keep them nicely charged up by plugging in to shore power. Both of those things are not quite so easy to make happen when we’re out on the water.

  • 4. We can get off the boat to workout more easily

Of course, when at anchor, we can dinghy into shore when we choose. It takes a bit more effort though. We have found a nice shady spot in a park, not far from our boat, that is perfect for exercising. Each afternoon, to escape the heat, noise and dust, we have been retreating there.

  • 5. Friendly and efficient

We have nothing but good things to say about the people who work here. Good people can make up for a lot of shortcomings!

The guys were nice enough to leave these chin-up bars right behind out boat!

Does all that mean that we want to stay here? Absolutely not! In fact, we are counting the days until we fly to Panama to hook up with Two Fish.


  1. 6. You’ve also got reliable Internet.

    7. You don’t get “boat bum” on the way to shore.

    8. You don’t have to worry about dinghy theft or where to tie your dinghy when arriving at shore.

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