jg - take a look at bumfuzzle.com:
bumfuzzle | june 2010
They are living aboard a 43'er - and you'll get a very good idea of the kind of maintenance that's involved. It seems to working out great for them, but they are in Mexico and are able to handle the ongoing expenses.
Either way, they're great people - and their blog gives a lot of great info...including costs for everything.
Thank you very much! I was following disengage.ca
which was what gave me the idea for anchoring being possible since he lived out at Kit's beach after getting kicked out of False creek, but he didn't list a lot of costs.
Coal Harbour, Fisherman's Cove and Sewell's in Horseshoe Bay are probably the closest. They along with Mosquito Creek and Deep Cove are it AFAIK
I'm sure there are some water hoses in False Creek but you'd have to raft up to access them unless there's one at the Market docks.
Disengage.ca talks about the water taps under the bridge, I'm trying to find contact info for him, and the couple who live aboard sv Asunto, according to their site they started out anchoring for a few years first around here before buying a boat in the Co-op. Would fuel docks be tolerant of tanking up on water if you're buying diesel at the same time?
JG, just a quick reality check - Working at a city job while living at anchor, particularly in a climate like ours, is very different from cruising - so different in fact that it might put you off cruising entirely. Rowing back & forth in the rain & cold would get old in a hurry. It's very difficult to maintain "city" or "office" clothes and grooming under those circumstances. Picture rowing ashore in a November rain with a couple of garbage bags of laundry, which you have to bicycle to the laundromat (if your bike hasn't been stolen). Every few days you'll have to up anchor just to go fill your water tanks. AFAIK
there isn't anywhere near any anchorages where water is available to just anybody who stops by. The gas docks will quickly tire of seeing you if you aren't buying fuel from them regularly.
Living aboard here, even in a deluxe marina, requires adjustments and compromises that few are prepared to make once the reality hits home. Living at anchor multiplies them exponentially. This ain't the tropics.
That's a really good point, I had been thinking of a motor, but it would probably disappear fast! Do most people who live at anchor here row instead of using a motor to avoid theft? What sort of a dinghy is safe for back and forth and beaching in all weather with decent cargo capacity?
I'd likely continue using the same bag setup on my bike if I can afford the insurance on top of the boat costs.
If not I'll be moving the battery on my E-bicycle(48V 10AH lithium and a 1000w rear engine) into the frame triangle and I can swap the saddlebags over from my bike, they are just modified bicycle bags.
I'd need a way to transport in the dinghy without losing it overboard like happened to the owner of disengage.ca's bike, any thoughts on how to do that?
I need to maintain a reasonable level of cleanliness, but other than a beard trim every couple weeks(battery power razor I charge once a month) that is pretty much limited to a shower before I start work, I can do like the people who work out before shift. In terms of clothes, I just need hole free pants and clean shirts. I wear a mix of quick dry nylon(travel) pants and jeans, lightweight cotton shirts under a fleece to cut down on laundromat expenses.
Every point helps me to learn about those differences, you've given me several more things to try and figure out, thanks!
The False Creek fuel barge reopened last year at the same location so that's not a big issue anymore. Not Esso, but an independant.
The market docks are not quite as 'visitor friendly' as they once were, but they are all new and more extensive...
Hmm, there's teacher who lives on a houseboat, and a couple more who commute across to Granville island by water I think, I'll ask them about how they park. If I could take care of most things in one place that would make life a lot simpler.
Do you know anybody currently living aboard in Van long term outside of False Creek or a Marina, I'd really appreciate a chance to talk it over with someone who's done it, see what I might be in for.