Keenan Abner Interview
Keenan Abner was originally born in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended the University of Central Arkansas. He then worked for a startup company in San Francisco for about two and a half years where he lived on a boat in Oakland, CA. We interviewed him to get advice on how to live on a boat.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I hear you lived on a boat. Could you tell us more about your experience?
Have you been boating for a long time? Did your family boat often when you were younger?
What challenges did you face while living on a boat?
“The boat engines were in disrepair so the entire time I lived there it never left the dock, so I didn’t get to experience it off the dock. “
“I lived in a place that wasn’t the best marina so the neighbors I had were a little sketchy and crazy. I never felt unsafe but I made sure to lock up my valuables.”
“It was fun in the summertime, but in the winter’s it was brutally cold because there was no insulation when you’re sleeping down in the bow.”
“If you aren’t used to it was tough. It didn’t rock a whole lot, but getting used to the constant movement was tough.”
“On the boat you don’t have all the amenities that you have everywhere else. The boat had a shower but it was small. There was one on the dock, but then you had to carry your stuff and go out into the cold. It only had a dorm room mini fridge and no real cooking surface, small outdoor grill. I didn’t have a car as well so getting groceries was a bike ride to the store and back. I could only buy what I could carry, so a lot of the challenge was constantly thinking ahead because of the lack of amenities.”
“The Biggest challenge: Constantly having to think so far ahead for every little thing that you do because you’re missing a lot of the comforts and amenities that make life easier. For example, being able to quickly heat up a meal was not as easy in my situation.”
What were some perks of living on a boat?
“I never had a dull conversation with anyone because they would want to know where I lived and that launched into a whole conversation. They always wanted to see the boat or experience it.”
“It taught me a lot of positive things about myself, like what I can and cannot tolerate and what I really need. You have to downsize a lot for it, so while we think it’s a bad thing, it’s actually good thing when you can put practically everything you own into a backpack. It’s really good to get back to the things that are important and to not be wasteful. I think a lot of positive things came out of it for me.”
What’s your next step?
What advice do you have for someone who wants to live on a boat?
So you said you had guests did you have a lot of boat parties?
Would you live on a boat again?
Boat Owners Dave & Cynthia