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Old 04-30-2011
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Hello all. I am looking for some advice about living aboard in the areas in and around Norfolk, mainly concerning marina's friendly to liveaboards, things to look for when choosing a marina, dealing with weather, and any other pertinent advice one could give to a new liveaboard.

I consider myself a fledgling sailor, having learned by experience with a friend back in the '80's while in the Navy. Those were day trips on a Catalina 27 and occurred on not nearly enough saturdays to suit me. After a nearly 20 year period of dreaming (and not sailing) I purchased my first boat, an Endeavour 32, to sail on Kentucky lake. Spending many weekends overnight on the lake kicked my dreams into overdrive and although my financial situation dictated I sell my E32, I have now decided to pursue them.

My plan is to save in the next couple of years and purchase a blue water capable boat large enough for me to live aboard. I am looking at something 36' to 40' in length. I'll save the specifics of my boat requirements for a more appropriate forum but the boat I choose will most likely have a full keel so water depth will be an issue. I haven't yet decided on a specific place to berth the boat but the area in and around the Chesapeake appear to be a pretty good choice. Since I build bridges for a living, the availability of construction jobs will play a major role in my choices as will weather patterns. One of the reasons the Norfolk area looked to be a good choice was that it appeared to offer at least some protection from hurricanes.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Take care all and thanks in advance.
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