, thanks for the info. I posted on this thread because it is the most interesting to me and my wife. She is a little nervous about the transition and all of the posts on this forum have helped with that. Now, her biggest concern seems to be about doing laundry. One of the boats that we came close to buying (day late-dollar short) had a washer-dryer combo, which is probably excellant--- in a marina. I'm not so sure about the practicality of one while living at anchor-- a lot of electricity, storing the dirty laundry water (unless it can be legally discharged, which I doubt), etc. Any "dirty laundry" advice would go a long way with us.
Thanks for your responses.