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Home is where the boat is….

Posted by on July 15, 2011

I’ve added a new page which shows our current location from our “Spot” device. If you’re having a hard time finding the page, try clicking here.

Since I finally added our location, I figured it might be time to talk a little bit about our home port, Bohemia Bay Yacht Harbour. We’ve called BBYH our summer home for five years, and people are always asking us, “How did you pick BBYH?” Our honest and simple answer, “The bathrooms are very nice.”

That’s right, we’ve come to love BBYH for a variety of reasons:

  • The harbor is calm and protected, regardless of the weather
  • It’s a short drive to our respective jobs
  • We’ve made great friends and miss them over the winter
  • The pool is large and a great place to exercise or relax
  • It’s QUIET during the week, no traffic, no city noise, it’s country living – on the water
  • The docks are long and allow us to pull bow-in for privacy, with nice secure cleats
  • It’s mostly freshwater, but in the fall you can catch crabs right out front

But the original reason we decided to keep our boat at Bo Bay:

  • The bathrooms are nice, and nothing is more important to a liveaboard than a nice bathroom

We do have some things that we’re not crazy about, astute readers will notice that I called BBYH our “summer home” above.  It’s not because we move to land in the winter (no, that would be cheating), it’s because we’re not allowed to stay here through the winter.  In the by-laws at Bo Bay they don’t allow live-aboards through the winter, so we move over to Tidewater Marina in Havre de Grace, MD. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, for example, two winters ago when Maryland was hit by multiple blizzards, a covered dock shed at BBYH collapsed from the snow load.  Luckily no one was hurt, but I don’t know what we would have done if we would have been here.

So, after all these years, we feel content calling BBYH our home port.  Will we miss it when we’re gone? Yes, most likely when we’re having a hard time sleeping in a rolly anchorage or a rough marina.  I also imagine we’ll swing through on our way north and south to see friends, perform maintenance, or leave the boat for a few weeks while we travel to see family.

And that’s what a “home port”  means to us.  Some place where we can relax, we feel safe leaving the boat for a few weeks, and when we come in people wave and call us by name….

BBYH Lighthouse

2 Responses to Home is where the boat is….

  1. Tanya

    We are glad you picked BBYH…as I’m sure Nermel and Thumper are too!

    • Brad

      Nermal has been very helpful today. Every time I pull something out of a box, he jumps in to make sure it’s empty.

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