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Living on the Water for Gulfshore Life(56 images)

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A band of people in Fort Myers Florida who shunned society and live on the water in their houseboats. They rarely need to go on land unless they need fuel or food.
  • Scot Janikula looks West from the back of his houseboat to see if there will be a decent sunset as a rainbow appears behind him, the result of a summer storm in Estero Bay.
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  • Renegade, Scot Janikula's dog, looks ahead as he stands on the bow of the skiff headed back to his home, a boat anchored in Estero Bay. Janikula says Renegade loves to ride on the skiff, looking for fish in the water as they make their way to shore and back.
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  • Scot Janikula looks at the clouds as they start to change color during the sunset while his dog Renegade watches from a skiff below.
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  • Randy Eibler, right, and Scot Janikula, left, with his dog Renegade, take their skiffs to run errands and visit other boats. Gasoline is one of the few daily expenses when living on a boat, Eibler said. Most need gas for powering their skiff as well as the gas powered generators aboard their houseboat. But a few are starting to use solar panels to power some of their electronics.
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  • Scot Janikula watches the clouds start to change color during sunset as he navigates his skiff back to his houseboat, anchored in Estero Bay.
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  • Binoculars hang in Randy Eibler's houseboat anchored in Estero Bay, Fla. Eibler, 55, said he uses the binoculars to see everything from unique wildlife to approaching police boats.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, who lives on his boat in Estero Bay, fixes the lock to his sliding front door after a summer storm passes. While the community of people living on their boats look out for one another, there is still a wariness for boaters to lock up when they head into town.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, has been living on his boat in Estero Bay since 1998. Janikula was recently arrested for boating under the influence and was sentenced to 30 days in prison which he serves on the weekends. Janikula says the only thing he's addicted to now is caffeine, with daily trips to the convenience store to get several cans of Starbucks lattes.
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  • A typical summer storm rolls in over the community of people who are living on their boats anchored in Estero Bay.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, cleans up one of two skiffs he owns tied onto his  houseboat after getting back from running errands in town. Janikula, has been living on a boat in Estero Bay for 13 years. Janikula says part of the attraction of living on a boat is that he doesn't have almost any bills to pay. "You can't do anything on land without it costing money," Janikula said.
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  • Randy Eibler, also known as Last Chance Randy, drives his skiff back to the boat he lives on anchored in Estero Bay, Fla. Eibler, 55, said he has been living on a boat since he was 21 years old and he enjoys the freedom and privacy that living on a boat gives him.
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  • Scot Janikula uses a small motor hooked up to a hose to drain the water from his skiff after a summer storm rolled through Estero Bay.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, walks back to his boat after filling up two gas canisters to run his generator which powers all the electricity on his boat. Janikula, has been living on a boat in Estero Bay for 13 years. Janikula says a gallon of gas can provide him with 13 hours of electricity to his boat, including powering a refrigerator, lights, and television.
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  • Anchored boats used as homes in Estero Bay are seen from Gerry Raccuia's sailboat a few hundred yards away.
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  • Renegade, Scot Janikula's dog, looks ahead as he stands on the bow of Janikula's skiff headed back to his home, a boat anchored in Estero Bay. Janikula says Renegade loves to ride on the skiff, looking for fish in the water as they make their way to shore and back.
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  • Scot Janikula takes a look from the back of his boat at a rainbow that appeared after a summer storm rolled through the community of people living on their boats anchored in Estero Bay.
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  • A rainbow appears after a summer storm rolled through the community of people living on their boats anchored in Estero Bay.
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  • A typical summer storm rolls in over the community of people who are living on their boats anchored in Estero Bay. Most who live on their boats have a plan for where to go during a tropical storm or hurricane, and many of the boats will withstand up to a category four storm.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, who lives on his boat in Estero Bay, waits out a summer storm with his dog Renegade. Most who live on their boats have a plan for where to go during a tropical storm or hurricane, and many of the boats will withstand up to a category four storm.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, who lives on his boat in Estero Bay, waits out a summer storm with his dog Renegade. Most who live on their boats have a plan for where to go during a tropical storm or hurricane, and many of the boats will withstand up to a category four storm.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, who lives on his boat in Estero Bay, waits out a summer storm with his dog Renegade. Most who live on their boats have a plan for where to go during a tropical storm or hurricane, and many of the boats will withstand up to a category four storm.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, who lives on his boat in Estero Bay, climbs aboard after getting gasoline in town, arriving just before a summer storm. Most who live on their boats have a plan for where to go during a tropical storm or hurricane, and many of the boats will withstand up to a category four storm.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, who lives on his boat in Estero Bay, climbs aboard after getting gasoline in town, arriving just before a summer storm. Most who live on their boats have a plan for where to go during a tropical storm or hurricane, and many of the boats will withstand up to a category four storm.
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  • Scot Janikula, 50, who lives on his boat in Estero Bay, climbs aboard after getting gasoline in town, arriving just before a summer storm. Most who live on their boats have a plan for where to go during a tropical storm or hurricane, and many of the boats will withstand up to a category four storm.
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  • Renegade, Scot Janikula's dog, looks at a trimaran that has "Board at your own risk!" painted on the side, as Janikula and his dog head back  home after getting gas for their boat's generator.
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