Originally Posted by bigpic
Due to a recent job promotion/relocation, I'm semi-seriously considering buying a boat to live aboard year round in Toronto. Aside from the basic amenities, the boat would double as a cruiser for day trips around Lake Ontario. I currently own a C&C 24 on lake st. clair to which I've participated in club regattas and day trips. My needs aren't much, I've temporarily rented a 400 sq. foot apartment in TO which suits me fine.
I've come across a boat that spiked my interest. What do you think? Am I crazy trying to stick out the winters in Toronto? Do you know of any marinas/other boats that are currently doing the same?
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Thanks for your insight,
Heh...I looked at that boat listing in 2005 when it was $135,000 Canadian. I'm not saying it's a dog, but it certainly hasn't sold since then.
Anyway, putting aside the merits or problems with that particular boat, a 45 footer is pretty large for one person to handle, although it can be done. It's far more in physical forces than just "twice a 24 footer", and there are plenty of costs associated with all that footage as a liveaboard.
That said, it's probably still
cheaper to live on through the winter than a Toronto apartment.
Your liveaboard options are somewhat restricted to my knowledge to Port Credit in the west, Bluffers' Park in the east and a couple of marinas downtown. I have friends at Marina Quay West downtown, and they have commented on how it's difficult to keep the boat dry. We have both bought the book "The Warm, Dry Boat", and it's a good start to figuring out how to keep the ventilation optimal to let the warm, moist air out and the cold, dry in.
Be prepared to build a plastic "greenhouse" on deck every winter, and to either hang 2 x 4s or bubblers off the sides to repel ice pans.
Some concessions to your comfort might have to be made, but people do this successfully in the low hundreds every winter in T.O. Good luck!