Help…Logistics of Moving Aboard!
I liked the advice given by C172 - why isn''t it we can''t use first names here, BTW? - and think there''s a LOT to recommend an incremental transition. One of the things most often missed by those eager to jump into a liveaboard/cruising situation - but who are looking at it from the outside, in - is that what can be simply stated ("We want to sell up and move aboard...") represents a huge undertaking in every way imagineable, including emotionally and psychologically.
Along with mulling the ''All or Nothing'' choice of purchasing a boat, I''d encourage you to think the same about living ashore. Perhaps taking it in steps - house, condo/apt, and finally boat - will allow the transition to be more digestable, more fun, and far less difficult. Just to offer one scenario, you could relocate to a rental on the SE U.S. coast somewhere (pick a place you''ve always wanted to spend some time in; who says this can''t be part of the adventure!?), and then boat shop with the goal of bringing her back to your own backyard (literally or figuratively speaking) to prep and then do short trips on, while testing your prep and adjusting to things. This sort of approach lacks the ''sizzle'' of diving in all at once, but perhaps offers more ''meat'' insofar as executing the plan with a minimum of stress and irreversible steps.
Just a thought...but this is one of those life decisions where you want to follow the carpenter''s maxum: measure twice, then cut once.
Good luck! Keep us posted...