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post #38 of Old 06-29-2013
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Re: Downside of living aboard

A hard shot of reality ... we sold the house in 93' and moved on to the boat we already owned. We owed nothing on the house and carefully tucked away the cash from the sale for the day when we could no longer live aboard.

2.5 years ago my wife became ill and just last month got to the point where she simply could not get on or off the boat. We just rented an apartment and the boat is up for sale. In the 2.5yrs of illness my income was cut by 2/3 as my time was taken up in various hospitals and taking care of my wife and we have spent over $150k in drugs with no end in sight. (don't believe everything you read about free Canadian health care).

The lesson ... plan accordingly. I thought we had another 15yrs on the boat.

Please don't respond with commiserations, I don't need pity. This is just a word to the wise about covering your bases.

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