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You don't have to sleep all that stuff down to the boat when you want to go out for a couple of days
How long do you plan to live aboard?
Anywhere from 1-3 years I guess. Could be longer.

The weather has been very mild for August: highs of 84F and lows around 69F which make for very pleasant sleeping. The problem, is that there hasn't been ANY breeze for an entire week!

I mean that the water is solid glass. Not a ripple. Sailflow.com continually shows 5kts or less, and usually less. I'm just not interested in going out for a "motor".

I've been using the time to do maintenance, clean, cook, going for walks, meeting my dockmates and fellow liveaboards. It's all very leisurely and casual, which is what I need right now.
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Where are you at, Bubblehead? Liberty Marina?

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Where are you at, Bubblehead? Liberty Marina?
Man, wouldn't that be an appropriate name?
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I considered doing the same on my 24 footer. Thought about it. Thought about it. And basically came to the conclusion that there is just not enough room to keep myself organized in a boat that small (it becomes crazy below when I take my annual two week cruise, especially when it rains). And, boy, wouldn't standing headroom be nice. I made an offer on a Bayfield 29 that I think would be pretty nice, if it passes survey (scheduled for Tuesday).

Man of leisure. I like that. And the women thing, too. "Would you like to come back to my yacht?" Although when I picture using that line I can't help but imagine saying it with a Thurston Howell accent while wearing one of those captains hats with the fouled anchor.
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....if you're living out of your sailboat, you're a "man of leisure", and chicks are very into you.....
Good sale. I just told both of my kids they should move aboard a boat. Both thought it was a great idea.

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So far, life aboard has been very agreeable.

I'm still meeting cool new people, and I'm not really missing the 65" TV and other material possessions. I just go to work, come home, tidy up the boat and go for walks or whatever. It's very peaceful.

This weekend, I raced in the CRAB charity regatta. CRAB: Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating I crewed for an internet buddy that I hadn't met in person until now. He's a great guy. He fed and boozed us lavishly during the race, and at the after-party. Plus, he's just a great guy to be around. Lots of fun, and his crew is good people. Plus, after a full week of dead air, we had BREEEEEEZE!!!!!

I finally met Matt Rutherford: Matt Rutherford In case you've been living under a rock, Matt is like a modern-day Magellan. Talking with him was awesome. Did I mention that the after-party was awesome? Good music, plenty of booze and food. EYC puts on a hell of a party.

Sunday, I slept in, cleaned the boat, emptied the holding tank and then cleaned myself up. I'd been watching the radar for a clearing of the storm cells, and finally set off. Dumb idea: Cells popped up all over the place, and I ended up sailing home in a blustery downpour. I did get to sail my own boat though!

I'm getting creative with one-man cooking. You gotta read the recipes on backs of the food packages. Plenty of simple ideas there. Tonight is Voodoo Pasta. I'll have leftovers for work lunches.

Some of the things that I think make life aboard successful (so far), and not a pain-mission:

Standing headroom.
Any kind of toilet in case you don't want to trek to the bath house in a driving rain.
Keep posessions to a minimum. Don't "swim" in your stuff. Keep the cabin clear of clutter to avoid that "hemmed in" feeling.
Don't just sit on the boat like a prisoner. Go for walks, meet people.
Go sailing.
Help others with boat work. You can learn and/or teach something.
Eat well. It's good for morale.
Wi-Fi
Smartphones
Laptops

It's kind of an amalgam of the right frame of mind, plus modern technology. I imagine that this might have been more difficult 20 years ago.

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Happy to hear that you got to meet Matt Rutherford at the CRAB event. I found his blog to be quite interesting not to mention his circumnav of the Americas for CRAB.

Now that you are a liveaboard, er, man o' leisure, it would seem that you are keeping your P30 at a marina rather then at a dock of the bay (Rhode River)? Blue Water Marina is the only one that I've ever visited but their facilities were fairly minimal, IIRC.

It sounds like you are having a blast!

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This place is an oasis, a best kept secret. I ain't telling!
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When I was in Annapolis I stayed at Port Annapolis Marina. I highly recommend talking with them if your looking for somewhere to dock. Great staff and amenities, plus it's a DIY yard! Stayed there for three years on my Columbia C28.

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This place is an oasis, a best kept secret. I ain't telling!
I guess your not on the Rhode. If you need anything give a shout.
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