I think Valiente meant "Changing Course"
, by Debra Ann Cantrell.
Beth Leonard's "The Voyager's Handbook"
just came out in a new edition about a month ago BTW. The third book he mentioned is probably Annie Hill's classic book, "Voyaging on a Small Income".
The Nonsuch was actually mentioned in this month's "Living Aboard"
Valiente's description of the amount of space a boat has is a bit generous... a 40' boat might have 30' x 10' of usable interior space... a 33' Nonsuch would have maybe 25' x 9' of usable space. Most studio apartments are far larger IMHO.
Otherwise, I would agree that there are considerable differences between cruising and just living aboard. Cruising, is a lifestyle that involves living on a boat and using it as a mode of transportation.... Living aboard doesn't necessarily involve any sailing or movement...but is often a way to live in an otherwise unaffordable area at a reasonable cost.
Also, a full-time liveaboard with a land-based career will often require more room than a cruiser will, since you will often need to have a wardrobe to go with the land-based career. Suits and such don't do well in the confines of most cruising boats.
A small catamaran, like the Heavenly Twins 26, Gemini 105Mc or Catalac 8m might be a good compromise. Many of the smaller cats will fit in a larger slip.
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