What could be better, asks Mary Wells Lawrence, than life on a boat? Flip through the photos below to climb aboard her beloved yacht, Strangelove.
The world looks more beautiful from a boat. No matter where you are — cosmopolitan cities like Paris or Hong Kong, elegant resorts along the Mediterranean, exotic developing countries like Thailand — everything looks beautiful from a sea or river or lake or canal. On the water, you miss the grubby sides of civilized life. When you live on a boat, the beauty around you takes hold of you and makes you feel lucky – sometimes chosen.
And there is freedom on a boat. If you are in a town or a bay that is not up to your dream, you just move on. Think about it. You don’t have to take off your shoes for the customs man. You don’t have to stand in line. And you don’t have to pack – not your toothbrush or your “Casablanca” DVD or your Charlie Parker CD or any of your tech stuff. All your possessions move on to a new and better place with you, and you don’t lift a finger.
There is a special feeling of safety in boat life. On Strangelove, we never sail to dangerous places. And the crew has become part of my family. Most marinas are aware and protective. And water sounds are spa sounds. They lower your blood pressure.
I have always had a gypsy spirit. Boat life suits me. There is something warming about living in the center of a chosen crew of capable men and women. If you are suddenly alone, your husband has died or you are divorced, it cheers your soul and calms your brain and slows you down so that you don’t do something silly. Your family would agree. Life on the water is life at its best: free, beautiful, educational, private, exciting, warm and friendly. A wee bit feminist, but romantic too. The bottom line: boats are good for your health.