How Much is a “Boatload”?

I have become intimately familiar with how much a boatload of stuff really is over the last few days.  You see, packing a boat isn’t the same as packing  house.

With a house, you fill boxes and pile them in the middle of the room.  The pile gets as big as it needs to be.  Then you move all the boxes at once.  You can’t do that on a boat. There isn’t enough room.  So, you load three or four boxes, and move them out. then repeat. and again.

I ended up over the course of about two days of work with about 50 boxes and a collection of un-boxed stuff.

Whenever you move and get to touch end examine ALL of your stuff you learn something about yourself.  I have learned almost all of my “stuff” falls into a very few categories.  Tools.  Fishing Gear.  Food.  and a distant fourth, clothes.

In a week or so, all my stuff will be meeting me in Florida.  Karen, Harmonie and I will all be in the same place at the same time for the first time in what seems like a very long time.


One boatload in a 6′ x 6′ x 8′ container.



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5 Responses to How Much is a “Boatload”?

  1. Marlys says:

    Makes me want to live on a sailboat…..maybe after I return from my next sailing adventure I can find a floating home! Good luck with the new boat and really enjoy what is to come!


  2. Bill Kinney says:

    Gary was there when I emptied my last house. We both know that a HOUSEload is way, way bigger than a boatload!


  3. Bill Kinney says:

    When I finished with my last house it was only one dumpster. You worked extra hard at collecting stuff!

    Of course I can never think about “stuff” with thinking of this classic routine:


  4. Gary Jones says:

    No matter what you say a boat load of stuff looks more manageable than a house full of stuff.


  5. Jim says:

    50 boxes? Try moving out of a house after raising 4 kids. We just threw out two dumpsters full of crap we will never miss.


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