Maia's mum here. A while ago (a really long while ago...) Maia invited her readers to ask questions. But because I'm terrible about tracking comments we missed the fact that several families asked her things. So, better late than never, here are her answers. Feel free to ask more, or re-ask other things I've missed... And I promise to look this time—they make a great home schooling activity.
When did you learn to drive the outboard?
I forget. It was so long ago!
Did Charlie the cat settle in easily?
Kind of. If you count hiding behind the water maker for 2 months easily. And he was seasick for the first few months.
How did you feel when you left stuff behind?
It was hard but not as hard as leaving my friends behind.
Does your life vest bug you?
Not really because I only have to wear it out of the cockpit in rough weather or at night. (Maia had to pass a swimming test and swim 3x around the boat in wavy/windy conditions to be freed from day to day pdf wear.) But we had to try a lot of different life jackets to find one that was comfortable.
What scares or bothers you about living on the boat?
Nothing except for storms.
What do you like best about living on your boat?
Waking up every morning and having a new back yard.
Do you miss having friends around all the time?
Sometimes, but I have a lot of cruising friends.