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post #12 of Old 08-03-2011
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There is a huge difference between living aboard and camping aboard. I was an eagle scout, I still enjoy camping, occasionally, not 24/7. As you get your budget figured out, start making a list of your needs and wants. Also make a list of don't wants. Prioritize your lists then start looking. Don't want to discourage you, but it took me over 2 years to find the right boat. Having the lists and knowing what can be afforded, makes culling out the maybe's from the chaff pretty easy. If you don't have much time on the water hang out at the local yacht clubs looking for rides. Old Point Comfort YC has an active racing group, the Catalina 30 (really all Catalina) group in Norfolk is very active. Couple more busy marinas in Hampton. It really takes a while, sailing on different boats to figure out what is good for you. Another thought. When I lived aboard (extended out of town work), I probably went sailing about once a month. It was just too much work to make the boat sailable. Now that I'm back at home I'm sailing almost every weekend.
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