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Re: Live aboard Plan
Coupla problems with dreams. Except when they come true.(G)
You need to find out if you like sailing. It can be cold, wet, slow, boring. Or, a nice methodical way to enjoy peace and quiet. One season owning any boat ought to let you now which camp you'll fall into, golfers or sailors.
Do bear in mind that an old used boat is something like an old used car: If it is breaking down all the time, you may get the wrong impression of cars and driving, so try not to buy a moneypit.
Second thing to decide if whether you'll like living in a camper that is constantly in motion, constantly fighting the elements, and often without heat or air conditioning in a damp exposed location. Coupla overnights and weekends on the boat will give you some feel for that.
On the bright side, you never have to wait for the cable guy (no cable tv) never have to pay for plumbers on overtime rates (they don't make boat calls) and you'll never need to try finding a good housekeeper or lawn guy, they don't do boats either. (G)
Plunge in, with a 22 you can't be hurt too badly, call it a "dream education fund". DO find and take some sailing classes though, because there's an awful lot you just can't get right from books and videos, and those classes will bring you up the learning curve a lot faster, with a lot less pain, while introducing you to other new sailors, who'd be delighted to join you for a three hour cruise. So to speak.(G)