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I am ready to take the plunge. I am ready to buy a boat in live on it in Florida or other southern states. Do I load up the truck, find a boat to buy and find a place to moor? Are there sources to find out places where liveaboards congregate and hang out?

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Is your priority living aboard, or sailing? What is your budget?
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Load up the truck.

What matters is whether you like it.

The rest is arm waving.
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Re: How do I get started?

If your eventual goal is to take whatever boat you buy cruising, then your best bet is to sail on as many different boats as you possibly can before you buy a boat.
If you are just looking for a liveaboard that you can maybe mess about with on weekends, etc, then look for the boat you think will make the most comfortable home.
Check the local liveaboard regulations where you intend to live carefully before you buy, as it could cost big bucks to bring a boat into compliance with the local regs.

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Re: How do I get started?

Go down to Florida, where you'll find more live aboard style sailboats than you can shake a stick at, many are bargain basement prices. Personally, I prefer the 33 Morgan Out Island, and that's what I have owned for the past four years. It's ideally suited for a live aboard couple. If more than a couple, maybe a couple kids too, then take a good look at the 41 Out Island, which has an aft cabin and separate head with a shower. Morgans are great live aboard boats, and there are lots of them in south Florida that are in pretty good condition, ready to cruise, and have been used specifically for that purpose.

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It sounds like you have a lot of flexibility in where you go and what you are looking to buy. If I may suggest it, the areas in Western Mexico are prime for it. Almost every boat is outfitted with more gear than you will find on most boats for sale in the States. Prices (boats and cost of living) are low. The weather is always nice. The locals are amazing. It's easy to travel to and safe in all of the sailing ports (San Carlos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta).

Our family moved to San Carlos (5 hrs south of Tucson) in 2013 to look for boats and made out like kings. If you aren't tied to somewhere geographically, it's worth looking into.

If you want more detailed info or have questions to help you decide if Mexico may be right for you contact me. We love it!

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