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I have been living aboard for almost two years now and have no desire to go back in the opposite direction. I am a single guy and so the adjustment was much easier I think than for a couple but with the right desire and attitude anyone could make the adjustments.
I have to say that it is not for everyone and as the previous poster sail what might be good for some may not for others. One thing to keep in mind is that so many things that you take for granted will be tested. You will have to do things you never did before or take more time with what used to seem simple (like laundry). I look at each day like a process and it is about the process and journey more than anything.
I spent an entire year looking at different boats anywhere from monohull to catamaran. I look at 30 footers up to 50 footers. I look at different model in many different countries (England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Bahamas, US, etc.). I was looking at having room for at least two and found that for me, 38 ft was the smallest I would feel comfortable on and liked the 40-45 ft range.
I finally decided upon a single model, the Beneteau 440, and then compared each one available in every market in the world. I did not care where I ended up as long as I got a solid boat for the right price. I felt this boat could get me around the world so where ever I ended up I would outfit the boat and then explore new areas from that jumping off point.
Another major consideration is if you will life on the hook and cruise or if you plan to live at dock. Both have their different aspects, but living on the hook and/or cruising has more challenges than in the marina. I have done both and find the freedom on the hook to me more what I enjoy than living at the dock like a water front condo. I also stay in better shape.
I am happy to explore other aspects and answer any questions. Feel free to PM me to explore further if you wish.