Wednesday, June 13, 2007

If Wanderlust Strikes, Their House Goes, Too

If you didn't pick this up there was a very interesting article in the New York Times that ran in the "Habitats" section a few weeks back about a young 20-something couple and their experiences living aboard a 44-foot sloop, the Sarabande, docked at a marina in New Jersey. They both commute to jobs in Manhattan, crossing the river by PATH train or water taxi.

It has to mark a milestone of sorts...the NYT Real Estate section is mostly concerned with the ever rising cost of homes in the area, neighborhood profiling and general housing trends. I've never seen coverage of something as esoteric as boaties...but the price of shelter is very dear here. I suppose it was just a matter of time before the paper recognized that live aboard communities are a part of the landscape. Most New Yorkers who might occasionally find themselves near a marina might be peripherally aware of a sort of an upscale floating mobile home park...populated by would be voyagers and dreamers. But Brian Nisbett and Alicia Collins of the good yacht Sarabande are decidedly in the minority. Good for them and kudos to the Times for uncovering and giving strong treatment to a terrific story.

2 comments:

Eric said...

I thought you might be interested in sharing a recent boating column of mine with your readers:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2003746016_nwwboating14.html
There's more on the boating page of my website, too: www.ericsorensen.net/Boating.html

alicia said...

Hi, there! I'm glad you liked the article, and thank you for the encouragement! We were hoping that the article might help illustrate another choice people have when choosing how they want to live. Cheers!

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