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post #27 of Old 08-01-2011
tomperanteau
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If the wife and I would have tried to move all of our "stuff" aboard our 36 footer, it might have been a bit of a squeeze, considering we had a house and storage full of family things.

The key is being willing to give up your stuff for the lifestyle. There are many couples that live full-time aboard boats as "small" as a 30 footer. It's all in how much you covet those things that you have come to think you need to live.

We live aboard 50% and live at our office the other 50%. We sold EVERYTHING in our home and everything in storage. The only exceptions are some artwork that the kids did, and some letters. Not even a box full. We took pictures of the rest, and will store them on a server aboard when it's time to leave.

It's like they say about dieting. Some diet to lose weight. Some make a lifestyle change in their diet and live that way. If you make a lifestyle change, then you don't miss those things which you gave up because you really didn't need them to begin with. Society has a way of convincing us that we need more and more, when we don't. We found that we didn't need society's values, so we gave those up instead.

Capt'n Tom Living Aboard 50/50

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1976 41' Morgan Out Island Sloop. Refitting and redoing her interior for an extended voyage.
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