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Tim R.
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Re: I am 26, and seriously considering moving aboard with my girlfriend. Any advice?

Definitely go for it. I managed to stay free until 30. I was/am fiercely independent. Unfortunately/fortunately I met a woman with my same sense of independence and adventure.

We now happily live aboard our boat in Portland, Maine. We did the house thing, almost bought a marina and then went through our mid life crisis. We had a few close friends our age pass away and it made us realize there could be a bus out there with our names on it. So we have been living on our Caliber for 2 1/2 years preparing her and our cruising kitty to go long term cruising.

We love our 12v diesel hydronic heating system. The boat is very evenly heated and very comfy. I am sitting in shorts and T-shirt right now while typing this. It is in the 20s outside. We can use it at anchor so it greatly extends our cruising range from April to December.

Saving by getting an older boat is not bad as long as the boat does not need a complete refit. We went a little smaller and newer as we had a good idea what we wanted after owning a Pearson 28 and an Ericson 35.

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