Living on the Hard - a Few Good, a Lot of Bad, and Mostly Ugly Tales

Kelley (topic coordinator) from SV Chance proves that yard work is a dirty job.

Ever since I was a little girl I have hated “yard work.” While the yard work of today may not involve pulling weeds, it is just as terrible. It's hot, you get dirty and everything takes at least 5x as long to complete as you think it will. Add to it that boats are designed to function properly on the water. When you take them out, systems cannot be used to their full extent and life gets a little more difficult. These bloggers recount their tales of what life has been like when their homes are on the hard.

Topic Coordinator: Kelley (Sailing Chance)

Aboard Chance life on the hard is stressful, and certainly not what sailing dreams are made of:

For More Joy Everywhere being on the hard is a lot like staying in a hotel - only with a maxi bar instead of a mini bar:

In The Life Afloat Archives Jaye tells us how much of a waiting game being on the hard is, and when one thing finally goes right everything else decides to play a mean little game with you:

SV Wright Away shares how frustrating it can be when you can’t cross any of your projects off the all mighty “list” during their time on the hard:

Matt and Jessica prove that accidents do happen in their chronicles of life on the hard: 

SV Troubadour says that life on the hard is full of highs and lows, and ups and downs: 

Pacific Sailors don’t think life on the hard in Mexico is all that bad: 

It’s Irie knows that life on the hard is exhausting and that one problem always leads to another:

Amy has the long time boat yard blues from spending too much time in the yard: 

SV Sundancer shows that even before you are on the hard, life can be challenging and full of important decisions. But, when your decisions all work out you can get back to the important things in life - like, wine: 

SV Zero to Cruising gets through their time on the hard with thoughts of unlimited fresh water: 

After spending four months on the hard Carolyn of The Boat Galley fame offers readers a few tips and tricks:

Sea Raven manages to replace their leaking teak decks on their 500 sq ft cat during their time on the hard:

Sage on Sail fixes their centerboard while on the hard:

Diane (Ceilydh Set Sail) can "compare and contrast" haul-outs in Mexico and Australia, with years and thousands of miles in between.

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  1. Here's mine on "The Galley on the Hard" -- things I learned while living aboard on the hard for FOUR MONTHS -- http://theboatgalley.com/the-galley-on-the-hard/

    Frankly, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

  2. Thanks Carolyn - I'll get your link added to the post asap! So glad your experience hasn't been as bad as mine (SIX MONTHS!).

  3. here are a couple of late entries to the life on the hard series!

  4. Yippers! I no longer be but another vagrant-on-a-boat and I now be a happy camper!

    1. Hey Blondie-Dog - I love this post, and I am starting to put together a topic called "The End of Cruising" - that's where this one will fit. Kelley's topic is about living in a boatyard while your boat is up on the hard - what you're talking about here is more of a "swallowing the anchor" post. Sounds like being a land-lubber suits you well!

  5. Here's mine from hauling our cat in Australia: http://maiaaboard.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/the-hard-life-australia.html and another from the perils of using a marine railway in Mexico: http://maiaaboard.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/hard-life.html

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