Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: How to live aboard? possible?
I think that it is entirely doable within the parameters you suggest. I would think you would be best off looking for a smallish boat that has standing headroom. Probably in the 26 to 28' range. This makes your dockage costs lower and is easier to handle when you are learning. The boat you get now will not be the one you keep indefinitely so look for what you can get by with. Don't spend all your capital on the boat - there will be lots of upgrades/fixes needed. Check Craigslist, and ask around at marinas to find the best bargains. These should be lots of very cheap (less than $5k) boats that would do it for you.
Also, you need to learn how to fix everything on your boat or it will get very expensive very quickly. Nigel Calder's book on electrical and mechanical systems is worth its weight in gold. If you don't them, be prepared to buy quite a few tools.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
Last edited by killarney_sailor; 03-05-2012 at 11:30 AM.