Has anyone had any experience buying a "junk" boat with the intent to live aboard and fix it at leisure?
I live in Los Angeles, and am constantly in and out of town for months at a time, so the option of living on a boat appeals to me over getting another apartment and signing another lease, then moving out again... or paying absorbant amounts of rent for months I won''t even be there.
What I am looking to do is buy an older cruiser that is a comfortable length (30''-37''), moor it in LA, and work on it gradually throughout the year while I live on it at the same time. I am very able with carpentry and have friends who owe me favors, so it''s not the work that worries me... what worries me is that line between buying a complete piece of junk that should be scuttled, or a potentially beautiful boat that needs time and attention (and money).
Can anyone recommend good websites with "fixer-upper" boats, preferably on the west coast? Also, for those with experience, where do you draw the line between "junk" and "potential"? And finally, is anyone interested in this investment opportunity? I''m looking to flip it in about 6 months, and am always open to anyone with money
I''m just a humble twenty-something writer/photographer who has dreams of one day owning my own boat.
Let me know,