Those Extras you Don’t Need But Love to Have

If you live aboard or you’re on an extended cruise, these are the little touches that will enhance your life. Necessary? Hardly. But fun…you bet.


As a full-time live-aboard, you learn to make some sacrifices. You ultimately become your own little island so you must learn to ration your supplies, especially if you are doing offshore cruising to remote places. For example, you shouldn’t be taking 30-minute showers because your water tanks simply won’t sustain it. And you become more creative with food prep because it’s not always possible to obtain all the ingredients normally available  in a land-based life.

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Erica Laroche
Erica Laroche has been a full time liveaboard for more than 6 years. She has experienced the highs and lows of this life style, from sailing a monohull to restoring a hurricane damaged catamaran. She has done the research to find cost effective and highly practical ways of restoring boats. She has logged thousands of miles throughout the Caribbean islands as well as travelled to more than 30 countries. Erica is a digital nomad and while travelling the world she enjoys writing about what she has learned to share with others. "The world is ours to explore one step at a time."


  1. In case you don’t have a ton of $$ Start with an “oil-less” compressor! Install intake air filter AND on discharge an ‘oil catch’ inline filter; then a disconnect between filter & your airline to your regulator. Many variations all over the planet!
    Do your math & remember you are still breathing at depth; scuba rules still hold!