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post #11 of Old 05-10-2007
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Snowwolf - We sold our house in 2002, moved aboard a 33' monohull, and are living happily ever after in Annapolis (for now). Go for it! We absolutely love it. And it was the only way we could afford "waterfront property" in the area

You may be looking at an older boat, in your budget. Since you don't need a lot of offshore, nav, or energy gear because you'll be at a marina, it's probably doable. We paid $36K for ours, sound hull but systems needed work which we were able to do over time as we could afford (we both have engineering degrees and are pretty handy). You'll find a great community of other boaters who can give you advice - probably too many and often contradicting opinions!

3 biggest rewards of living aboard (for us):
*way ahead financially compared to land life
*the community of other interesting folks we've met
*no lawn to mow

3 biggest challenges:
*finding space for professional books and clothing
*learning to give each other 'virtual privacy' - you can't physically get away, but you respect mental space (no shoulder surfing, for example, and if you hear those funky bathroom sounds, pretend you didn't)
*getting over wishing we'd done this sooner
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