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A sea-loving couple who had been dreaming of living in a houseboat for years has shown the fruits of their labor in the form of a one-bedroom house and now lives a “millionaire’s life with a beer budget.”

Jamie Bradley and Deb Morris, both in their fifties, decided to live on the open water in 2014 before they bought their boat in Queensland a year later.

They brought her to Yamba in NSW – where they are mostly to this day – to stay in the marina if they don’t use the floating house to explore the area.

A sea-loving couple who had been dreaming of living in a houseboat for years has shown the fruits of their labor in the form of a one-bedroom house and called it a “millionaire’s life with a beer budget”

The bedroom (photo) overlooks the water and often wakes them up when the sun rises

The bedroom (photo) overlooks the water and often wakes them up when the sun rises

The bedroom (photo) overlooks the water and often wakes them up when the sun rises

“When we originally bought her, she was a shell of herself. You definitely needed imagination to see her potential, “Deb told FEMAIL.

‘We have expanded both decks and replaced them with environmentally friendly materials, built a roof over the front deck, installed floors internally, installed extra solar panels and water tanks, added more batteries and installed a new anchor.

“We have also installed a new kitchen, a hot water supply, a new battery and fuel boxes and a few other bits and pieces … we always say that it is a” work in progress. ”

The ‘smiley boat’ as it is known, has become an excellent basis for the couple in the last five years.

Jamie Bradley and Deb Morris (photo), both in their fifties, decided to live on the open water in 2014 before they bought their boat in Queensland a year later.

Jamie Bradley and Deb Morris (photo), both in their fifties, decided to live on the open water in 2014 before they bought their boat in Queensland a year later.

Jamie Bradley and Deb Morris (photo), both in their fifties, decided to live on the open water in 2014 before they bought their boat in Queensland a year later.

The 'smiley boat' as it is known, has become an excellent basis for the couple in the last five years (the kitchen shown)

The 'smiley boat' as it is known, has become an excellent basis for the couple in the last five years (the kitchen shown)

The ‘smiley boat’ as it is known, has become an excellent basis for the couple in the last five years (the kitchen shown)

Deb, who is a professional photographer, and Jamie, a car electrician, work on solid ground during the week, relax on their boat during the weekend.

On a typical day, they wake up with the sun, sit on the deck with a cup of coffee, and even take a quick dip when it’s hot.

“If we need water that we organize to refill, we’ll do a garbage dump, rinse the salt cover, and take care of the gardens,” Deb said.

“The rest of the time we’re just cruising or sitting back with a chilled drink or just relaxing while we watch life go by.”

The simple way of life for Deb and Jamie, as well as their two pets, is usually far from chaotic, although there are some “difficult” aspects to creating a house by the sea.

“We spend the rest of the time cruising or relaxing with a chilled drink or just relaxing as we watch life go by,” she said (the vegetable garden in the photo)

The simple way of life for Deb and Jamie, as well as their two pets, is usually far from chaotic, although there are a few “difficult” aspects when creating a house by the sea

We wash our clothes by hand, which is not a problem at all, but for many it is, “said Deb.

“Sometimes we have to pull back our own groceries on a 40 degree day or fight against rain can be a challenge, but these are rare days.”

But for those fairly minor frustrations they get an ever-changing view, natural air conditioner, a small area to clean, dolphins outside their kitchen window and sliding penguins.

Although boats are often talked about as a huge burden on the finance department, Deb and Jamie don’t necessarily agree.

“She’s really good at fuel, because it’s only $ 25 per tank that covers quite a distance, because we only travel 4-6 knots at a time,” Deb said.

Although boats are often talked about as a huge burden on the finance department, Deb and Jamie don't necessarily agree

Although boats are often talked about as a huge burden on the finance department, Deb and Jamie don't necessarily agree

Although boats are often talked about as a huge burden on the finance department, Deb and Jamie don’t necessarily agree

“Regarding boat maintenance, the general rule of sailing is that maintenance will be 10 percent of the value of the boats every year, which has proven to be true,” she said.

While currently floating along the Clarence River, the couple have no plans yet to pull their anchor and withdraw from the waves

While currently floating along the Clarence River, the couple have no plans yet to pull their anchor and withdraw from the waves

While currently floating along the Clarence River, the couple have no plans yet to pull their anchor and withdraw from the waves

“Regarding boat maintenance, the general rule is that maintenance will be 10 percent of the value of the boat every year, which has proven to be true.”

Insurance and registration is around $ 1600 a year and every 20 months they lift her out of the water to maintain the body, which generally costs $ 2,000.

“Admittedly, everything associated with the word” wedding “or” marine “has a higher price range,” she said.

While they are currently floating along the Clarence River, the couple have no plans yet to pull their anchor and withdraw from the waves.

“No, it’s just old age that will remove us from this way of life, we hope we can live the dream two or three decades longer,” Deb said.

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