“You live on a boat?! How is that? Does it move all the time? How does the weather affect you? Where do you keep your stuff? Do you have electricity? How about fresh water? Do you have a real kitchen? How do you deal with waste? Are you connected to cable and WiFi? Does your dog like living on a boat? What happens when you go sailing?”
Do you have a real kitchen? Yes, it’s real, but it’s tiny. (It’s called a galley on a boat.) I have about four feet by 6 feet, plus cabinet space, to work with. And in that small space I have a stove with three burners and an oven, refrigerator, double sink and counter space. The counter space also doubles as covers for my sink, fridge, storage and dish drainer, so clearing any clutter is always the first step to prepping/cooking. Heidi and Aaron have opted not to have a freezer any longer in order to save electricity, and the space will soon be used to store everyday pots and pans for easy access. It’s not uncommon for the steps from the galley to the cockpit and the navigation station to also be used in the prep process. 🙂
My stove, a Seaward Princess II, was built specially for a boat and operates on propane. It replaced my original stove (also a Seaward Princess) in 2014 and cared for properly will last over 20 years.
Propane is a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that is compressed into a transportable liquid. Propane combustion is much cleaner and safer than gas combustion, though not as clean as natural gas. It has a low boiling point which makes it vaporize as soon as it is released from its pressurized container with a simple metering nozzle. It is easily transportable and generally available around the world. We have a large, industrial can that stows in a special cabinet in my cockpit and connects via a gas line to the stove. With regular day-to-day use it only needs to be refilled every nine months or so. No need to be attached to the dock to cook! (Our barbecue also operates on detachable propane cans or a large, movable industrial can.)