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denverd0n 07-25-2013 10:59 AM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.

Originally Posted by hellosailor (Post 1063973)
Buy an old RV, find someplace to park it. You'll spend gobs less money and have way more space.


If a sailboat is the cheapest thing you can think of, then you're overlooking a whole lot of very expensive details.

Fstbttms 07-26-2013 12:43 AM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
Yay! Another liveaboard without the means or knowledge to maintain his boat!

Squidd 07-26-2013 09:42 AM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
Get a Van....and live down by the River...

DRFerron 07-26-2013 10:04 AM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
I wouldn't get too excited. If you look at his posting history, he has been asking this same question since 2011.

WilliamsRDan 07-31-2013 11:46 AM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
I think many of you are being rather rude. Don't stomp on someone's dream. Encourage him on the things he'll need to be successful, don't go off about how impossible it will be. We all know things are difficult aboard. But just because someone doesn't have actual experience doesn't mean they aren't capable of learning--which is what he's wanting to do.
There are people who run marathons that just a few years prior were in a wheelchair from being overweight, or amputees. Just because something is difficult, doesn't mean its impossible, and doesn't mean it shouldn't be tried.

If you can get decent gear, and maintain it properly, it will last, and so will the boat, just be mindful of everything.
If you want "free" liveaboard, cruise up and down the coast, and stay on anchor. Won't be as comfortable, but its free. Just move every couple days.

Don't give up, follow your dreams, maybe it will work, maybe it won't, maybe a miracle will happen. And you can always look for ways to make money once you learn a bit of boat repair, or something.

The only thing you should let people tell you not to do, is to not give up.
Best of luck!

jimgo 07-31-2013 12:05 PM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
Williams, try reading through this:

I also respectfully disagree. Most here have been blunt, but honest about what the OP is proposing. Most were essentially saying the following:

Both of the above are from a good read on the subject.

In the end, what most of us were trying to do was to make sure the OP understands what's ahead. When money is already tight, buying a liveaboard may not be the best use of the available resources.

denverd0n 07-31-2013 12:59 PM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.

Originally Posted by WilliamsRDan (Post 1067121)
I think many of you are being rather rude. Don't stomp on someone's dream.

No one has been rude. We have told him the truth. We have given him the facts. If a little bit of blunt honesty is all it takes to "stomp on" his dreams then they have to be awfully darned flimsy and fragile dreams.

Seriously. If a couple of blunt and honest comments from strangers on an internet forum is all it takes to "stomp on" his dreams then he might as well give up now. If this is all it takes, imagine how quickly his dreams are going to fall apart when he actually gets out there and realizes that in many ways the comments here seriously understated the challenges he would face!

hellosailor 07-31-2013 02:01 PM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
Williams, have a nice deep cup of highly caffientated coffee and try re-reading the orignal post very carefully. The OP is not dreaming of a liveaboard. He's not dreaming of anything. He's looking for dirt cheap housing:
"i need to move soon and a sailboat is the cheapest thing i can think of"

And in that he's highly mistaken. The best kindness anyone can do is to throw a bucket of cold water on this before it starts, and say, hey, living aboard a docked boat is not cheap housing, no matter how you do it.

OK, living aboard a derelict vessel on mudbank somewhere might do it, but that's still going to cost more than other options.

Living aboard to save money? Sure, fifty years ago. This ain't 1950 any more.

Tenoch 08-10-2013 01:18 AM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
It may depend entirely on where you are. I liveaboard in a pretty nice Marina and save a ton...ok, not a ton...but I am saving over living on land. There was that initial boat purchase though, and the hassle of finding insurance, and finding a marina that would accept new liveaboards, and, and, and.... But being completely broke and thinking you can just go find a cheap sailboat to move onto....well, there is a little more to it than that. I hope it works out for you.

Dauntless Brent 08-10-2013 01:11 PM

Re: OMG i need liveaboard soon.
Want to get a boat to live cheaper? Bahahaha. I do hope that you find what you're looking for, really. Good luck and do a ton of homework first.

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