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How to become a live aboard?
Hi Everyone,

I do not live aboard but have thought about it for 20 years. I have owned 20 footers and 35 footers. Believe it or not there are some advantages to both. I believe the ideal boat is something easy to sail and <40 ft. Trader Trawler 40 is an ideal boat, IMHO.

But ABOVE ALL... Sell everything you have, i mean everything. If you do not, you will not really be living aboard but just sorta living on a boat. You will always have excuses for not sailing to Tahiti or not even leaving the dock.

If you have a spouse, or plan to acquire one, get a 110% commitment. Nothing is worse than a spouse who really does not want to be there when the wind is howling and you are grappling with lines on deck in your foulees. Also, depending on your age and ability, old and slow is an order of magnitude better fast and furious, when things get rough.

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