Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland
Talk about downsizing, here’s one that takes the cake: How about trading a home of 3,000 square feet on five acres of land for a sailboat 28 feet long by 8.5 feet on the beam. By my calculations that’s 238 square feet – and it has to be shared with a diesel engine, galley, head and all the other “amenities” that go with a live-aboard sailing vessel. For several years, this “home” of 238 square feet was shared by two adults, Dennis and Mary Mauck, and their two teen-aged boys, Collin and Darryl. But Dennis reminded me, “It was not that cramped. Remember, we have two levels – the upper deck and the below deck.” I thought Dennis was about to make a joke.