The Fishbowl We Call Home

I have never lived in a fishbowl, but I imagine that living on a boat is similar, only without the tiny colored pebbles on the bottom. You know the ones.

Living in a fishbowl might be great if you are a fish and you never have to change clothes, sleep (do fish sleep?), or really do anything that you might not want others to see you doing. That being said, I’m not a fish. I change clothes, I sleep, and I do things that I might not want others to see me doing.

Visibility is important on a boat, I get it. When you are out on the high seas and there is a rock or, say, an iceberg, you want to be able to see it. More important than sinking hazards, there might be a whale nearby and you definitely want to be able to see that.

Don't mind that exposed reef over there. Look at meeee! I'm jumping!

Don’t mind that jagged looking, exposed reef over there. Look at meeee! I’m jumping!

There are many reasons why it’s important to be able to see out of your vessel. That being said, when you are safe in the harbor and you are going about your normal, everyday tasks, it’s a different story. If you are able to see out of your vessel, that means people can see into your vessel.

Are you watching me do the dishes?

Are you watching me do the dishes?

Lately in Ketchikan, we’ve had a string of unusually gorgeous days. When it’s sunny here, you are practically obligated to go for a walk because you never know when your skin will feel the sun again.  It’s a rainforest so we’ll take any Vitamin D we can get. It just so happens that a harbor is a great place for people to walk their dog or walk their children. After all, you think,  “It’s scenic, it’s nice to go see all the boats, it’s nice to- wait a minute, is that a woman picking her nose in there? Let’s turn around, kids.” Yes, it was. That was me, making the mistake of thinking I have privacy.

Look, it's a Hoosier on a boat. Fascinating.

Look, it’s a Hoosier on a boat. Fascinating.

Bigger boats have a lot more privacy than our humble cabin cruiser and many people who live on boats sleep in what you would call the “berth,” which is what a bed on a boat is typically referred to. The berth is more private and would be a good space to do things you don’t want passersby seeing i.e. changing clothes. We choose to use the berth for unseen storage instead, however, meaning that our entire living space is open for the whole wide world of Ketchikan to see. Up until a few days ago, the front door (OK, it’s technically the back door because it’s at the back of the boat) was covered with a protective coating like the kind that comes on a piece of glass or plexiglass when you first get it. Though my handsome boatmate is very handy and installed a brand new beautiful sliding door, he is not exactly the decorating type. I think he would have been content leaving the protective coating on. But not me. Decorating is in my blood. It always has been. I also wanted the option of being able to see out the front door if it was, for example, a nice day and I had already picked my nose in private. This is why I took it upon myself to find a solution.

One of the great things about living on a boat is that it’s totally ok to indulge in the nautical trend because, hello! It’s not a trend when it’s a real life boat we’re talking about! That print of an anchor? I can totally buy that because I live on a boat. Oh, pillowcases with anchors on them? I live on a boat, they’ll never go out of style! When I found this fabric shower curtain on Urban Outfitters, I knew it was the one. It’s a boat- OF COURSE it needs a compass. Urban Outfitters also ships free to Alaska which is rare. I’m always looking for websites that will ship free here and have only found a few. All the more reason to get it.

In order to give it a more nautical look, instead of a curtain rod, I used boat cleats and a piece of rope, both purchased from a marine supply store here for under 10 bucks. I LOVE how it turned out. It’s simple but makes such a big statement in this small space. Plus now I have the option to tie it back and enjoy the sun on the back deck or close it and enjoy the privacy. Perfect.

IMG_2685For the tieback of the curtain, I first tied a monkey’s fist knot to continue the nautical feel (it’s a boat, remember?) Then I used another cleat and put a simple overhand knot in the other end of the rope. Voila! Perfect curtain tieback!



Ta da! And I wasn't kidding about the anchor stuff either.

Ta da! And I wasn’t kidding about the anchor stuff either.

What do you think? I’m a huge fan. Stay tuned for more info and pictures of the fishbowl I call home. Just to give you some perspective, I pretty much had to back into a corner to get this shot.

Until next time, float on friends