Throughout the world, every country and even individual states are handling the Coronavirus outbreak in different ways. Discover what life under lockdown on a boat is like. In some cases, it’s better and in others, it’s not so great.
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Life Under Lockdown On A Boat Video
One of my most popular articles is 13 Reasons Why Living On A Boat In A Marina Is Better Than Living In A House On Land. I toyed with the idea of writing 13 reasons why living on a boat during the coronavirus outbreak is better than being in a home on land.
Heck, I’m a sailor. My home is where the anchor drops and I cannot live life without Vitamin Sea. No matter which way I look at it, I’d rather be on my boat than anywhere else in the world.
That being said, there are downsides. Especially during a lockdown.
With life under lockdown on a boat, there’s a lack of space and that issue becomes extremely noticeable when you can’t get off the boat for a break. Another major factor is toleration levels become unbalanced. Most sailors tolerate being ‘stuck’ somewhere to wait for parts, fix something or hang out during bad weather. It’s simply a part of the lifestyle. Surely you’ve heard the phrase, ‘fixing things in exotic locations.’
Sailors know that after a finite period of being stuck, they’ll once again have the reward of freedom. The freedom to sail in the open ocean and head in any direction the wind will permit.
With this virus, however, it seems as if things are not so finite. Every headline seems to be stretching life after Corona starting in August or December or one report mentioned February.
No matter what, life has changed for all of us whether we’re on a boat or not. And the difficult thing is that no one knows how long it will last.
In Grenada, we’ve been under a curfew and lockdown for about six weeks now. Everything has closed except for medical services. Even the airport is shut. At first, we could only get groceries one day a week but now we can get them three days a week. And as I write this we’re just now being able to finally go to land (not the beaches) for exercise. Until now we haven’t been able to go for a walk!
I feel terrible for the dog owners. Especially the dog owners on a boat. They were told that the pet has to use the sugar scoop to do his/her business. Can you imagine life under lockdown on a boat with a dog!?
After all this isolation I wish I could report that Grenada was doing well. From the perspective of flattening the curve, things are very good. But we still have new cases appearing every couple of days.
I think we were all hoping that Grenada would at least come up clear and the country could go back to business.
No one was expecting the borders to open anytime soon but we were hoping for the ability to move about, go to boat shops and even enjoy a takeaway.
Going forward, I think the government is looking around and trying to model themselves after the countries that are doing better than others. It seems like the key is social distancing while keeping the economy going AND ensuring there’s enough medical care, equipment, and personnel to handle whatever havoc the virus is going to dish out.
Things are looking more hopeful lately. Perhaps this week we can walk around and next week more shops might open. Some restaurants are doing take-aways and there are some boat services shops saying they’re available. We managed to get someone to take our Bimini and sprayhood away for repair a couple of days ago.
On Britican, we’ll continue to focus on what we can. Simon is doing boat jobs, I’m getting our website/YouTube channel/Social media in order, we’re both working hard on homeschooling Sienna and doing family-based activities and life goes on 🙂
And A Note For Anyone Interested In Coming To Grenada This Hurricane Season
I have a lot of people higher up in the Caribbean contacting me that want to sail to Grenada. They’ve been emailing to ask me what my thoughts were. I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen but it does seem that the Grenada government is slow to make changes. It would not surprise me if this country is still closed for many months to come. The entire staff at the airport were laid off and rumors state that flights won’t start up again until after August.
There are some boats anchored off Port Louis that entered Grenada before the lockdown but had to self-quarantine.
They have not been allowed to book in. Any boats that try to enter Grenada waters are being turned away. I’ve heard that you can enter St Vincent & The Grenadines but you have to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks at your expense. You could go to SVG and hope that Grenada eventually opens.
If we were in an area like Antigua or USVI, we’d be making plans to go to New England or as high up on the east coast of America as possible.
I wouldn’t stay in the Caribbean and we definitely wouldn’t return to Charleston, South Carolina. When we were there last three hurricanes hit us! If we were below Antigua we might consider staying in the Caribbean but our plan would be to sail south if there was any threat of a hurricane…and when I say sail south that means that we wouldn’t necessary sail anywhere specific.
We’d go into open water out of harm’s way, wait, and then return. I don’t think there are too many boaters that are very comfortable with that idea but it is an option. The key to the sailing south plan, however, is to have a place you can return to that will let you in.
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