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Couple boats and bikes via Georgetown

Eileen Smith nudged a sparkling new silver bicycle into the rack outside Trader Joe's recently to pick up a few supplies before dinner. But she and her husband E. Don -- who frequent the store -- weren't headed back to their house. They were en route to their boat, where the bikes

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and a speedboat are stored not in a garage, but in their current floating home. Their boat, named the "Shangri-La," is home. "Unless we were totally dissipated," E. Don said with a chuckle, "there is no need to live in a house. It's a back-up." In Washington recently to visit kids and grandkids in Georgetown, Eileen and E.Don rented out their house in Greenwich, Conn., nine years ago and now spend all year on the boat. The pair spend summers in Connecticut, winters in Florida, and the rest of the months sailing up and down the east coast on their 36' trawler yacht. "Everything she would want is in there," said E. Don, mentioning Central AC, two bedrooms, and a bath. Unlike sailors of yore with only the sun, sea and wind for company, these modern adventurers readily hand out a card complete with two cell phone numbers and an email address.

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