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Re: How to live aboard? possible?

I agree with Killarney.

Unless you get really, REALLY lucky, just about any boat in your price range will be a project boat. You need to factor in whether you're going to do most of the work yourself (learning along the way if you don't already know how to do something) or spend the money for someone else to do it. Your new boat may not immediately be sailable.

That said, initially at least, owning and living on a boat may not be less expensive than living on land, especially once you add to the slip fee the potential repairs, replacement costs, insurance, etc.

You might want to narrow down your boat size, start getting catalogues (or look online) and spend some time randomly picking common items that need replacing and note the cost. A 25 foot boat is going to be immensely less expensive than the 35 foot boat at your high end. A 35 foot boat is going to even be much more expensive than one that is 30 feet. You'll be surprised how much the cost of stuff goes up with only one more foot of boat. And if you're considering an older boat? Even more because sometimes right when the new owner buys the boat, stuff that has worked fine for 20 or 30 years decides to stop running or breaks. Ask me how I know.

Also, I would suggest under 30 foot as a boat to learn how to sail on unless you really want the extra living space. If you want the larger boat, you might consider taking classes on a smaller boat or crewing on other people's boat for the learn how to sail part of your plan.

Good luck with whatever choices you make.
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