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Cool Buying a sailing barge-opinions

Greetings everyone! I'm a brand new member to the forum

I've been toying with the idea of living aboard for the past year and I'm finally ready. I have roughly 3 years of sailing experience everything from 14ft Americans to a 36 schooner.

I am interested in purchasing a 60-90 foot steel Dutch sailing barge (Tjalk) from the Netherlands this fall, giving it some basic restoration over the winter (hull, paint & engines) and then bringing it to the states in the spring of 2010.

I know the logistics of such a purchase are immense. I'm estimating my cost of ownership to run up to 30K/yr, but with two incomes (third being the ship herself) it seems manageable. Many would recommend a smaller ship, but this ship will be where I live, raise a family and retire.

Your thoughts/suggestions/criticisms would be helpful. Since I'll putting my house up for sale.

Thanks everyone!
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