Livin’ It up on a Liveaboard
Scary thunderstorms, breezy sunsets. Cramped quarters, simple living. Costly maintenance, low monthly fees. Lack of privacy, built-in community.
These are some of the many two-sides-of-the-same-coin realities of residing on a liveaboard.
“We live on 10 acres of waterfront, and I don’t have to mow it,” says empty-nester Brian Edwards, who lives with his wife Laurie on a liveaboard (the aptly named Soul Mates) docked at Kent Island Yacht Club, outside of Annapolis, MD, over the Chesapeake Bridge from Washington, DC.
“We open our sliding door right onto the sunrise every morning,” adds Edwards.
And the flip side? “Basically when it rains, it rains inside the boat,” says Laura Naso-Costello, 31, who used to reside on a liveaboard on the southwest waterfront in Washington, DC, with her husband Jack Costello, 31, and their dog Lola, a 9-year-old Lhasa Apso.
“She still loves the boat,” says Naso-Costello of Lola. “I worried about her every time a storm came through.”
The couple still own the Archimedes, but now lives permanently on land.