Life on a Boat

Conversation, video & vocabulary activity

1.Discussion segment:

  • What would be the pros and cons of living on a boat?
  • What do you think would be challenging about it?
  • Which habitual things would and wouldn’t you be able to do? Contrast with your daily routine.
  • Would you do it alone? When? What’s the best time of life to do something like this? Why? For how long would you do it?

2.Video Segment

“Twenty Eight Feet: Life on a Little Wooden Boat” directed by Kevin A. Fraser is a short documentary about a young man from Nova Scotia who has given up his apartment, car and cell phone to live and travel the world on a wooden boat.

A)Watch the video and compare your answers to the previous exercise to David’s experience. What was/is difficult for him? What are the things he enjoys, doesn’t enjoy, has, doesn’t have, etc..?

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.

B)Watch again and say whether the statements below are True or False.

1.When David was a kid, he used to build tree houses.
2.He takes “a bath” every other day.
3.He doesn’t date or have a “significant other”.
4.His father gave him a knife and taught him how to use it.
5.Money is a problem for David.
6.He raises naturally with the sun.
7.He’s a bit of a loner.
8.Before living on the Lizzy Belle, he never saw the sun come up in the morning.
9.His first trip alone was around the Bahamas.
10.He makes sure he eats meat every day.
11.He needs a refrigerator.
12.He doesn’t have definite plans about where to travel to in the future.

3.Extra Vocabulary

  • bow: the forward part of a ship.
  • stern: the backward part of a ship.
  • port: the left part of a ship, looking forward.
  • starboard: the right part of a ship, looking forward.
  • mast: the central pole in a sailboat.
  • sail: a large piece of cloth used to catch the wind that moves the ship or boat through the water.
  • rudder: a flat, movable piece usually of wood or metal that is attached to a ship, boat, airplane, etc., and is used in steering.
  • anchor: a heavy device that is attached to a boat or ship by a rope or chain and that is thrown into the water to hold the boat or ship in place.
  • oar: a long pole, flat and wide at one end, used for rowing.
  • hull: the main part or structure of a ship or boat : the deck, sides, and bottom of a ship or boat
  • beam: the widest part of a ship.
  • draft: the depth of water a ship has.

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