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    I've the current fortune to have a position for a company that does not require me to work in their office. They're out in Boston, myself out in Seattle. I've actually only spent 5 days in their office in the 18 months I've been with them. After the summer season this year I got myself a small office on Lake Union, and stared wistfully at boats all day. I told the wife it was my 'winter moorage'. My estimation of things is that the sail boaters are pretty hard core around here, I would see them out in all sorts of conditions. The power boaters would show up on a beautiful sunny day...maybe. After a few months of going into my private office space, I found myself getting bored and unmotivated to show up.

    Well then we bought the 305 a few weeks back. I've been taking the laptop and my lunch down to the boat 4 days a week for the last few weeks, and also trying to get in a few hours with my 2 year old down here puttering around on projects on the weekends. I do wish that we had more windows, more of a cabin cruiser layout to look out...I've been surprised at how warm it stays above under the canvas with any sun, it's almost like a green house affect. Coming down here, walking the dock, and saying hello to neighbors puts a smile on my face every day. Oh and I can take a nap before I head for home and the wife is none the wiser!

    Another benefit we never thought of was having somewhere we could go chill out and be quiet if we were fortunate enough to have a babysitter!

    If this keeps up for another year or two I'm going to have to up the ante and get something bigger...Heck I've only fired the engines 3 days now, and one of those was just to take it to the pump out.

    Anyone else working aboard?

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    aa2300 wrote:
    I've the current fortune to have a position for a company that does not require me to work in their office. They're out in Boston, myself out in Seattle. I've actually only spent 5 days in their office in the 18 months I've been with them. After the summer season this year I got myself a small office on Lake Union, and stared wistfully at boats all day. I told the wife it was my 'winter moorage'. My estimation of things is that the sail boaters are pretty hard core around here, I would see them out in all sorts of conditions. The power boaters would show up on a beautiful sunny day...maybe. After a few months of going into my private office space, I found myself getting bored and unmotivated to show up.

    Well then we bought the 305 a few weeks back. I've been taking the laptop and my lunch down to the boat 4 days a week for the last few weeks, and also trying to get in a few hours with my 2 year old down here puttering around on projects on the weekends. I do wish that we had more windows, more of a cabin cruiser layout to look out...I've been surprised at how warm it stays above under the canvas with any sun, it's almost like a green house affect. Coming down here, walking the dock, and saying hello to neighbors puts a smile on my face every day. Oh and I can take a nap before I head for home and the wife is none the wiser!

    Another benefit we never thought of was having somewhere we could go chill out and be quiet if we were fortunate enough to have a babysitter!

    If this keeps up for another year or two I'm going to have to up the ante and get something bigger...Heck I've only fired the engines 3 days now, and one of those was just to take it to the pump out.

    Anyone else working aboard?
    Your one lucky guy I wish

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      #3
      I regularly work aboard our boat and specifically bought the 4550 so as to have more room to entertain and host clients, etc. Then again, I'm a yacht broker so....boats and work go hand in hand. :arr
      ~~1987 Bayliner 4550 Pilothouse & 17' Boston Whaler Dauntless~~

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        #4
        I used to occasionally. I had a work at home job and I would forward my house phone to the cell phone and then bring my laptop and work from the boat. You're right, it was a wonderful experience.

        You're right about the boat getting hot. In the summertime it gets ridiculously hot in the cockpit when the canvas and glass is up.

        I've got two little ones...3.5 and 5yrs old. You guys are going to enjoy the heck out of that boat. We certainly do.

        John
        2003 Bayliner 305 - SOLD!
        Twin 5.7L, Carb'd, 445 hours
        Bravo II drives
        Closed-cooling

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          #5
          Thats our plan.

          I have set our boat up so that we can run our business from it, anywhere in the world.

          In 53 days we'll give it a try.

          KEVIN SANDERS
          4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
          www.transferswitch4less.com

          where are we right now?

          https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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            #6
            I have our boat setup with WiFi and an amplified Cellular modem so I can do my work and the Admiral play on Cityville.

            I footnote emails "From the boat" to poke at the boss and other workers. It's usually on the weekend but better than working from an office.
            Jim McNeely
            New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
            Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
            Brighton, Michigan USA
            MMSI # 367393410

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              #7
              Yup if its summertime and im working from home, I am generally on my boat. Just packup the laptop and netbook and I am good to go for the day. Nothing like enjoying a cocktail while working hard

              Tough to find places that allow you to work from home, I enjoy it everytime. Sure helps moral and I get alot done not being bothered all day. I usually do it 2-3 times a month.

              I generally open windows up for airflow if its hot, or I just sit there in shorts like usual. Cabin a/c is also roaring full blast so that makes it very comfortable.

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                #8
                Anyone else working aboard?
                Hell yeah. I've been looking at how to make a more productive onboard workstation without impacting the boat space much. I *can* work from a laptop, but I'm far more productive with the dual 24" monitors I have at home. Might take out the TV, put in a 24" on a long arm so it can swing out to be useful as a monitor. Not sure. This is the only thing that makes me want to have a bigger boat; the dream of a full onboard office.

                I love the ability to do little boat projects while on conference calls and the like, or between getting work done on the computer.

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                  #9
                  SwampNut wrote:
                  Hell yeah. I've been looking at how to make a more productive onboard workstation without impacting the boat space much. I *can* work from a laptop, but I'm far more productive with the dual 24" monitors I have at home. Might take out the TV, put in a 24" on a long arm so it can swing out to be useful as a monitor. Not sure. This is the only thing that makes me want to have a bigger boat; the dream of a full onboard office.

                  I love the ability to do little boat projects while on conference calls and the like, or between getting work done on the computer.
                  I was planning on hooking up an asus micropc to my 24'' with wireless keyboard mouse. My 24'' is on a swivel arm in the forward berth, so it can be viewed from anywhere in the cabin. That is a project for after splash though unfortunatly.

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                    #10
                    A dedicated Mac Mini on board could handle work, TV, and also let us manage music during parties from the dock or swim platform...hmmm...

                    Oh yeah, the Apple Remote functionality with an Apple TV has been fun, anyone on the dock can queue up a song in the "jukebox" feature using their own phone and it plays them in order like a real jukebox.

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                      #11
                      SwampNut wrote:
                      A dedicated Mac Mini on board could handle work, TV, and also let us manage music during parties from the dock or swim platform...hmmm...

                      Oh yeah, the Apple Remote functionality with an Apple TV has been fun, anyone on the dock can queue up a song in the "jukebox" feature using their own phone and it plays them in order like a real jukebox.
                      Yup thats pretty much the same plan I was going for minus the mac of course because i hate them in every way

                      I rip most of my dvd's to data so I can have all my movies on 1 little pc with a large external hdd.

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                        #12
                        I think you posted that only to provoke jealousy and envy for those of us drones staring at a blank cubicle wall waiting endlessly for summer to come, I think I've taken a serious dislike to you...

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                          #13
                          yep. I cover SE/MW region for my company with 28 sites; 7 of which are only 2 hours or less from the boat and spend many thursdays/fridays working form the boat.

                          I want to change the name to 'The Office" so i can tell my boss....

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                            #14
                            I'm getting a survey done on Monday, I will "have to" work on board. I won't gloat though, weather's supposed to be pretty hot that day so I will probably have to stay in the air conditioned cabin during the middle of the day.

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                              #15
                              you have no humitity and until it tops 110 it is not 'hot'

                              I was good up to about 112 wen i lived there.

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