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post #21 of 24 Old 09-03-2012
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Guys ... First post here, hope all is well... After reading a couple
Of posts especially this one, i now know 100% that i donot regret my decision of buying my first boat, an 1973 cal 27 t2..... Been fixin it up to go on my first sail and have learned a ton from the experience... I am 27 years old and beginning, with some experience but never as an owner.... U guys. Thanks you for the assurance and the good posts
Hope to continue contributing... So ill say as
Others have said. Do it now before it is too late... You will gain te experience little by little...
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Where are you located and how much money do you have? I know some great boats out there for less than 10k. Living aboard takes a certain kind of person but if you are that kind of person you will love it. Get out there and search for boats there are a few that the owners will finance because they need to get rid of them. Do it while you can because you won't when you can't. Don't buy the largest you can afford, instead buy the smallest you can live with.
best of luck in you search.
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Hank -

Here's one:

The Boonedocks Marina

small, low key, near Oriental, allows liveaboards
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You know everyone has there own story to tell and advice to give and much can be learned, but you need to digest it all and go your own way. That being said I can tell you my experiences after more than 20 years of living aboard. I bought my first sailboat when in my early 30's having never sailed before. I did not have the intent to live aboard, but rather to explore the Cheaspeake. Prior to moving to the bay area I always loved the water and owned a large row boat with a 25 hp outboard to explore inland lakes where I lived. Sailing seemed to me like a better way to explore. ...and it was in all ways. Not only did I like exploration I enjoyed backpacking and it became a luxury to "camp out" in the boat at remote anchorages. As time went on the liveaboard bug bite me and I sold that boat and bought a larger sailboat which my wife at the time and I could live aboard. A few comments about living aboard. Choose a good marina where transients from all over the world stay. That in itself is priceless. Have your boat setup where you can go out for a day sail without having to put much stuff away. I lived for a number of years without refrigeration, however the ice box that I had was well insulated and a 20 lb of block ice would last over a week even in the heat of the Cheaspeake summer. Plus it was convient getting that ice. I also had a seperate shower aboard and never did have problems with condensation with the exception of very cold days when the temperature dipped into the teens. Thankfully those days were few and far between.

I've learned that it's not so much about the destination but rather the journey that's important. Good luck in your journey.
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