Keeping Cool in the Caribbean

Peter and I spend the majority of our days at anchor. We sail from one place to another and settle in after finding an anchorage that is relatively protected from the wind and waves. When the wind dies down, our tiny floating home heats up like an oven in the hot Caribbean sun.

There are no big trees to park under or hillsides to hide behind. We are always positioned away from land surrounded by a glistening, reflective surface.

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We use the stove to heat water in the morning for coffee, and wait until the sun goes down to use the oven or stove for cooking dinner.

We have several 12-volt fans throughout the boat and run them to keep air circulating in the tiny odd-shaped spaces like where our bed is.

Most of the time there is a steady breeze to keep us cool. Hatches remain open to let the cool Caribbean breeze blow through our home. It rains for just a few minutes almost every night and we wake up to close everything, then reopen the hatches when the rain stops.

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To beat the heat during the day we stay in the shade of our cockpit or out of the sun inside the boat. The sun’s rays are strong where we travel (between 12 and 18-degrees North) and we are careful to wear hats and sunscreen often.

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We do have air conditioning on the boat but in order to run it, we need to be plugged in to shore power at a dock or the generator needs to be on. It’s a luxury to use every once in awhile but usually more of a hassle than it’s worth.

In interest of saving energy and fuel, we often opt for the easiest way to stay cool. We’re in the water ALL THE TIME!

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We snorkel almost every day exploring reefs, looking for treasure, swimming with turtles and identifying different kinds of coral and fish.

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Peter loves freediving, lobster hunting and spearfishing. I can’t hold my breath as long as him, but he’s practically a fish anyway. He grew up surfing and diving in San Diego, California and he’s almost more comfortable in the water than out.


Life on a sailboat makes it easy to enjoy water sports like surfing, paddleboarding, kiteboarding, and wakeboarding.


We love going on adventures involving water like The Baths in Virgin Gorda and the 27 Waterfalls in The Dominican Republic.

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My tiny floating home carries me to new tropical adventures every day. Keeping cool isn’t always easy but we sure have fun trying!

(All photos published with permission, courtesy of

By Jody Pountain for the [Tiny House Blog]

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