Join Date: Oct 2009
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I do it
ive been living aboard for two months, and my attitude has been one of the 'wing it' variety. have some trouble w/the mrs. so figured this is as cheap (or cheaper) than rent... and heck, if it works out, we have a boat!
i grew up on the shores of lake michigan, but my experience has been limited to hobie cats and sunfish... some beer can races (floated kegs to mark course) out of belmont harbor. I have never skippered a boat this big (72 Grampian 30), but have found the dock neighbors to be very helpful. willing to help me get the hang of a larger vessel. if you join the coast guard aux. you can take their classes if you want.
the headroom is nice (6'4), i looked at a variety of boats, and the berth differential is amazing as you move just two feet in length. i found that just a few minutes aboard 25 or less i would always be hunched over. 27 (and i am alone) seemed to be my minimum... 30' found to be about right, but remember i am solo. head yes, but i try not to use it. the marina has showers/bathroom which helps. she's got 120v inverted power which is very helpful, and shorepower which i would say is a must.
meals change/hobbies change (ie hobby=work on boat), but the nature/peace/friendship of the boating community is def. worth it for me.
oh, scratch that part about cheaper!!
hope this helps
Planning on a winter refit, if we dont work out, im taking her from north texas to corpus to parts unknown.
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean ~ Arthur C. Clarke
Last edited by QuickMick; 12-09-2009 at 04:37 PM.