Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Portland, ME
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That would be a squeeze, to live on a 24 footer! I'm sure it's been done, though. Our boat now is a Downeaster 32', not a Southern Cross, though I sailed one of those for years in high school (my dad's boat at the time) and loved her. We have friends who have just moved aboard their 27' Catalina to start out the living-aboard adventure, we hope they can get comfortable on such a small space (and know they are already dreaming of a larger boat, of course. so are we!). Hopefully you and your wife will find a great boat in the future.
As far as heat goes, we do use propane below decks.. the line is all run in a conduit so it won't chafe and we turn it off at the solenoid switch so it doesn't have much chance of leaking. That being said, it's a risky fuel but we live with it because of the nice warm, dry heat it provides -- and because the boat came with a propane heater that worked. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it). We would have *loved* to heat with diesel sine there's so much of it in our tanks, but it would be costly to replace the whole system so we're living with it for now. We also use electric heaters (more than the propane one, really) which are safe, affordable, and easily replaced. We love them!
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