100 Things to Do on a Boat

Margaret and I are always amazed by how many people post on CruisersForum, Liveaboard Cruisers, and other online venues asking how people keep from getting bored while at anchor or on a long passage. When aboard, we are always hunting for more time, not more things to fill our time with. So, we decided to put together a list of one hundred things to do while on a boat. For the most part, we avoided anything that involved the internet or leaving the vessel, attempting to stay true to the original queries that spawned this list. At first, we thought a list of a hundred things might be a little ambitious, but we brainstormed it quickly enough that we are sure you could add another hundred easily. Please add your favorite activities in the comments below!

  1. clean out refrigerator
  2. polish stainless steel
  3. clean cabin sole
  4. organize food cupboard
  5. go fishing
  6. clean the bilge
  7. practice paper chart navigation
  8. design a new tattoo
  9. put waypoints into the chartplotter
  10. read a book
  11. write a letter
  12. draw a picture
  13. practice splicing

    Doing some splicing

    Doing some splicing

  14. play cards
  15. write a story
  16. oil interior wood
  17. varnish exterior wood
  18. inspect sails
  19. give your partner a massage
  20. clean the headliner
  21. inventory spares
  22. inventory food stores
  23. do an oil change

    Margaret doing an oil change

    Margaret doing an oil change

  24. check your alternator belt
  25. do yoga
  26. clean out the raw water filter
  27. inspect anchor rode
  28. go through your clothes and donate what you don’t need
  29. play an instrument
  30. seize the end of your lines

    Seizing the dock lines

    Seizing the dock lines

  31. listen to the weather report
  32. bake bread
  33. listen to music
  34. try a new recipe
  35. play a board game
  36. write a blog post (or start a blog)
  37. watch a movie
  38. whittle something
  39. scrub the deck
  40. invent a new cocktail
  41. listen to a foreign broadcast on the SSB
  42. organize the navigation station
  43. wash the port light windows
  44. exercise your thru-hulls

    In the lazarette, exercising the thru-hulls

    In the lazarette, exercising the thru-hulls

  45. grease/rehab a winch
  46. write a postcard
  47. practice celestial navigation
  48. dehydrate food
  49. study for your captain’s license
  50. knit
  51. have sex
  52. darn your clothes
  53. clean the bottom of the dinghy
  54. scrub the waterline
  55. go swimming
  56. learn the stars
  57. take a sponge bath
  58. cut your partner’s hair
  59. paint your toenails
  60. clean and inflate fenders
  61. remark your anchor chain
  62. bake a cake
  63. clean and repaint your engine
  64. take a nap
  65. have a rum tasting

    Tasting some rum, Mount Gay Extra Old

    Tasting some rum, Mount Gay Extra Old

  66. page through World Cruising Routes and dream up new voyages
  67. work on your tan
  68. learn a new game
  69. make up a new game
  70. take photographs
  71. call home
  72. download grib files
  73. birdwatch
  74. make a grocery list
  75. check your fire extinguishers, smoke detector batteries, and flares
  76. sew something useful: covers for your winches or a new courtesy flag
  77. infuse rum
  78. make homemade yogurt
  79. clean out the anchor locker
  80. memorize the semaphore flags
  81. learn a new language
  82. refresh your navigation light knowledge
  83. exercise
  84. daydream
  85. check your partner for irregular skin marks
  86. read a book out loud together
  87. check your lines for chafe
  88. practice knots
  89. thumb wrestle
  90. inspect your rigging
  91. recharge all your electronics
  92. have a drink

    Our friends, Shawn and Brian, having a drink with a Naval Academy cadet

    Our friends, Shawn and Brian, having a drink with a Naval Academy cadet

  93. make a wish list of boat improvements
  94. create hand signals for anchoring
  95. add up your sea miles
  96. rewrap your steering wheel
  97. check over your first aid kit
  98. listen to the cruisers’ net
  99. study for your ham radio license
  100. design boat cards

 

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5 Responses to 100 Things to Do on a Boat

  1. blueBuddha says:

    I began counting how many items on this list were about boat maintenance but then I got scared! We can help you pick the right artist when you are done with that tattoo design though :-) . Great list. N&Y.

    • Jeffrey says:

      A long time ago, I got a tattoo from Liquid Swordz in Ypsi. I think they are still in business, but my trip there was nearly twenty years ago now.

      Maintenance is ever-present, as you know. We always have a list going, which we are not always attentive to. Sometimes you just need to sip on some rum and relax!

  2. Our favorite thing to add to this list is
    snorkeling, scuba diving, conch diving, Facebooking, and jewelry making.

    It was very fun to read your list. Thanks for the post!

  3. Our favorite thing to add to this list is
    snorkeling, scuba diving, conch diving, Facebooking, and jewelry making.

    It was very fun to read your list. Thanks for the post!
    s/v New Girl…on the dock

  4. I’m amazed at how few overlaps we have with your list! I’d say about 1/2 of the things we never even tried. I mean, cleaning the ports? Ha! That’s a good one ;)

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