I've learned a lot during these years on the dock in Maine. I have learned to listen -- to the furnace, the bilge pump, the head, and the fresh water pump. I can quickly pick up when one is miss-firing or coming on too often. I have been proven to be quite good at bleeding the engine, setting the anchor, and using the propane stove and grill. And I am really good at snaking wires behind bulkheads and through hand rails.
We both have our strengths. I am thankful that Stew has always been in tune with engines and motors. He can handle plumbing (though he hates it) and he is pretty good with electrical and electronic systems. I am aces at organizing the boat -- have installed more headliner than I care to remember, and have sewn a dodger, cushions, curtains and more.
As important -- we both have a healthy sense of humor. Living aboard isn't for everyone -- you have to be willing to get down in the bilge -- or the anchor locker -- or any other cramped space where that one thing needs fixing. And it certainly helps to have some idea of what to do once you get there!