Welcome to Roughing It On A Motor Yacht – specifically a Birchwood 33. For a couple of years now I have been following a lot of YouTube channels dedicated to boating. (I will provide a list and links below for you to follow if you want to).
Recently I was able to acquire my own boat. I have never been interested to own a sailing boat, what with all those flappy sails and rigging that clutters up the decks and all that heeling over under a brisk wind. No thank you!
While Ocean Star is basically in good shape, she is over 30 years old (1985 model). Being tall myself (and my son Alex, even taller) one of the first major jobs was to raise the pilot house roof. We put in 6 inch spacer boards which really made the difference.
The main cabin area has sufficient headroom so we can put up with that. A lot of the time we will be sitting down in the vee berth area when we are below in daytime. The only thing here was the removal of the existing table to give more legroom and to allow conversion at night into a sleeping area.
With the removal of the table I was able to get access to the floor below it. On a boat, storage areas are at a premium. With access to the vee berth floor I was able to create a hatch in the floor and put in some sub-flooring to create a storage space. [I also created a smaller hatch at the front which gives access to the bilges. If we hit something we can quickly check for any water coming in through cracks].
Working as a School cleaner for many years, you can imagine that my income was at the bottom of the income scale. You may be wondering how I could get a boat still worth many 1,000’s of dollars/pounds/euros on my wages?
The secret is to build a second income. One that brings in money while I am working, while I am sleeping, while I am having my meals, while I am sleeping.
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