The story “When the Boat Becomes a Burden” deals with the challenges faced by two small business owners who make a living from tourism. The consequences of the lockdowns leave a strong mark on their business, and they find themselves in financial distress due to the loss of income. While grappling with changes in the canal where their Catamaran Ariki is moored, they decide whether to spend the money to pay for the mooring or to repair the Ariki. This is followed by a consideration of the future, which is marked by financial uncertainty and severe pressure from the authorities. The final decision leads to the relocation of Ariki to land, while also highlighting the social changes in seaside towns over time, where traditional activities give way to new trends of tourism and urbanization.

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