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Thoughts of "tawdry, one-night-stands" is NOT the dream of every married man.
Maybe not of EVERY man... Living 1100 miles apart does make visiting ones spouse a little "tawdry" and certainly does occupy some of our thoughts Best when there are consecutive "one night stands"
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Here's a tip I picked up from my friend who lives on his Catalina 320: He meets ladies in bars, many of whom have real drinking problems. Long story short, he lures them back to his boat, saying he's got a crate of Jaeger and Schnapps. His hope is that they'll let him make out with him in exchange for a long chug-a-lug on the bottle. It's a little too transactional for my taste, but it works for him and it's definitely an approach that should be considered.
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Current liveaboard, and I'm going to TOTALLY disagree with the cramped/lonely image. The marina and cruising communies are the most supportive and welcoming one I've ever been a member of since my college dorm. You'll have at least one thing (the love of boats) in common with everyone you meet, and if you want to start a conversation just ask for advice on [anything boat maintenance related]. Hey, this could serve a double purpose, increase your learning as well as meeting new potential friends. And, healing your injured soul may well be accomplished just sitting in your cockpit, watching the sun set. Good luck to you.
Thank you, I was going to question the cramped/lonely thing myself. All I've ever read in past threads is that the liveaboard community is friendly and supportive. I have no first-hand knowledge of this though.
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Thank you, I was going to question the cramped/lonely thing myself. All I've ever read in past threads is that the liveaboard community is friendly and supportive. I have no first-hand knowledge of this though.
Hey Bubble, we're both in the same general location, PM me, we'll get together one evening for beers in the cockpit and I'll explain ... (its glorious here!)
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Hey Bubble, we're both in the same general location, PM me, we'll get together one evening for beers in the cockpit and I'll explain ... (its glorious here!)
I`m jealous of Bubble Head
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how many of us can relate

You are on the right track. Bought a boat at 50, moved on it before it hit the water. It has a therapeutic effect that has even removed the 3 ex's from constant memory. The people are great. Learn to sail, live the life, become it.


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I agree with "formally eryka". And either you are not crazy or everyone is crazy. It is a great life and as a single hander, I don't find it lonely.
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Some interesting insights...

for a sailing forum, a lot of the commentary is very land centric. Your 59 years old, supported a wife, perhaps kids...sacrificed an extraordinary amount of your life for the benefit of others... If living aboard is what you are dreaming about, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and do not look back,,,

Find the right vessel, find the right marina..there is some outstanding advice on both in this thread...

The social life will be great, the adjustment no more trying than living on land...

Gain the skill, sail your boat, live your life....

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Somtimes living in a marina (as far a people and being lonely) can be very good... Many boaters are friendly just because you are part of the boaters "club" of people. You can pick and choose and they can pick and choose who to associate with...... A marina dock can also be like a High school click of--you are too friendly-not friendly enough-don't drink-drink to much-have money-don't have money--judge you by size of your boat--judge you by condition of your boat.... You are Single and many are married; situations.
......You can meet people by helping them dock their boat, or any other easy help they need, OR, being Crew or going on charter fishing boat !
....You may find there are druggies, or addictive people to stay away from.
....Remember Quincy on tv lived on a boat, John Wayne in one of his movies.

Grey water discharge(shower water,dishes) may have no discharge rules in some marinas.
If you have ALOT OF STUFF loaded on your liveaboard boat you may have to secure it before you go sailing and make it overwhelming to take boat out.
......It may be nice to have an Onshore Storage unit...
.....There are lots of boats in Cal on Ebay, Craigslist and non-payment storage repos at boatyards and marinas. You have a great motivating adventure ahead of you .....
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