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post #17 of Old 06-28-2013
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Re: Downside of living aboard

My boat is only 30', and I am quite comfortable. My previous boat was only 25', so when I was shopping for my current boat, it had to meet with certain requirements that would make it liveaboard friendly. It needed to have good stowage, be large enough for me to live comfortably (I'm only 4' 11", so I can deal with a smaller space) but still be small enough for me to easily sail single or shorthanded. I also wanted something that met all my needs, but didn't sail like a pig. In the end I purchased a 1978 P-30. She is very solid and was well maintained, there were very few things that needed to be addressed upfront. I have pressurized and hot water. A nice sized galley and head and the interior was in great condition. It has a force10 bulkhead mounted heater and I have a cruise air for summer. There is also plenty of stowage so it is easy to keep her neat and orderly. It is all about having reasonable expectations and knowing your realistic needs.

Brass Belle
'78 Pearson 30, #1099
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