My wife and I will soon be living aboard a 27’ boat, year round, on Lake Ontario.
Q: Why a 27’ boat?
A: Because it’s what we have now.
Q: Do we want a bigger boat with more toys and gadgets and room and conveniences?
A: Sure we do. Doesn’t every boater want a bigger boat? But everyone is different and there’s one thing we do know: we can read and talk all we want, but we’re not really going to know for sure what it is that we can’t live without until we’re living without it.
We’ll make due for at least a year on what we have. As every cruiser knows, learning how to make due is a lot of the story, anyway. So my advice is, don’t spend too much money at first because no matter what you end up with, you’ll want something else soon enough. Anyway, that’s our strategy (aka, rationalization).
Oh, and the answer is “yes” to your original question of, “Thought about living aboard a small boat?”