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Smack, nice pictures from the day you bought Smacktanic. Now show us what she really looks like today!
Actually, that's not the day I bought her. She was a complete craphole that day. No cushions, mold-infested interior, no varnish, no cubby sliders, no bimini, no electrical, no functioning head, no functioning water, etc.

These are pictures of the "after", baby. So bask in the glow.


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Re: Tips for Living Aboard Catalina 27'

I was going to delete this thread but in between the OP's invectives the forum members provided some very useful information for anyone willing to listen.

In the meantime I'll keep an eye open and I'd appreciate anyone reporting posts that are over the top.
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Re: Tips for Living Aboard Catalina 27'

Smack, really, so these are photos you’re using in the “for sale” ad? Where’s all your stuff? Where are all the decorative baskets, dollies, center pieces and other assorted bricker-brack? Don’t you allow Mrs Smack and the little Smacklings on board? Ever? I hesitate to show you photos of the interior of the fabulous Freya. MrsB can’t live without her centerpieces and dozens of throw pillows. But on a serious note to help out our OP, what kind of 120v service do you have? Do you have a 120v breaker panel and some outlets on your boat? My old C28 had them (and water heater too). However, that boat more closely resembled the C30 than a C27. I think a person living aboard a C27 is going to have to embrace a pretty minimalist life style.
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I will try to find the e-mail address of a couple we meet in Florida that live aboard their C-27 with 2 dogs and a cat and find it comfortable. I know they had money for a bigger boat but prefered the C-27. My old Chrysler C-26 had about as much room as the 32 im living aboard now.
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Smack, really, so these are photos you’re using in the “for sale” ad? Where’s all your stuff? Where are all the decorative baskets, dollies, center pieces and other assorted bricker-brack? Don’t you allow Mrs Smack and the little Smacklings on board? Ever? I hesitate to show you photos of the interior of the fabulous Freya. MrsB can’t live without her centerpieces and dozens of throw pillows. But on a serious note to help out our OP, what kind of 120v service do you have? Do you have a 120v breaker panel and some outlets on your boat? My old C28 had them (and water heater too). However, that boat more closely resembled the C30 than a C27. I think a person living aboard a C27 is going to have to embrace a pretty minimalist life style.
Those are the real deal baby.

Smackmomma and the Smacklings bring all kinds of crap aboard for our weekenders. But they remove every piece of it from every inch of the Smacktanic when we leave. They call is "despotism"...I call it "pride of ownership".

I'm with you though...I could live aboard my boat. But no way in hell I would. It's the size of a Federal Prison cell, poorly insulated, an insatiable tramp for moisture and mold, no storage space, too loud, too hot/cold, etc. It's a small camping trailer for crying out loud! You don't have to just embrace a Spartan lifestyle. You have to hump its leg!

I prefer a spacious home with a pool. That's just how I roll. It's not for everyone.

As for the 120v stuff, sassy, you need to listen to GB. It's a big deal.


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"I'm creating a blog for NORMAL people who want to live nicely on a boat. "
ROFLMAO.

Normal people, by definition, don't go living on boats. They live in a normal home, in a normal town, on normally dry land. Yes, it is that simple. That's how "normal" is defined.
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"I'm creating a blog for NORMAL people who want to live nicely on a boat. "
ROFLMAO.

Normal people, by definition, don't go living on boats. They live in a normal home, in a normal town, on normally dry land. Yes, it is that simple. That's how "normal" is defined.
Right On!!!!!!! Boat squatting is for throwback to '68 protohippy dropouts floating around the Keys with cutoff shorts , Peace Sign t-shirts and a Bong glued to the side of the instrument pod.

Forget about IT.!!!!!!!! Exmafia types on Witness Protection cruising from one Crab Shack to Another in the Chesapeake with his Goomba with giant hair and a Gold Chain heavy enough to marry off 16 Indian virgins.

Some guy living out of his car and a 30 foot beat up half paid for boat wishing he had enough cash to go to the bar twice a week while his wife gets most of his paycheck to go to dinner with the divorce lawyer.


These people live on BOATS.

And Smack if they leave stuff laying around you can always give em a smack or smack em in the head.

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That girl is just plain ol nasty!
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Ouch! I'm thinking of living on a boat. I lived on 3 of them in the Navy and enjoyed all 3. Yes, there are challenges but there are challenges to any type of living. Being tied to one neighborhood in one locale is not my idea of freedom but may be yours. Enjoy, just let me enjoy mine. I put my 20 in so others could enjoy their freedom.
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Hummmm well here is a tip don't insult your fellow sailors. Simply because it could make the difference between getting help saving your boat in a emergency or having a overjoyed audience watch your home being destroyed or sink. A wise man once told me "son you may not care if that mangy mutt likes you or not but if you think about it you would rather him like you than to sneak up on you and bite you in the a$$." Liveaboards by and large are good generous and very smart creative people that look out for one another even if you are strangers. As far as setting the columbia up for living aboard I would build a cabinet to replace the vberth. Also the more stuff that you have that is multifunctional the better. Such as zip off pants or foul weather gear with removable linings. Also take stock of what you use the least and put those things in areas that are the most trouble to get to. Switch the coffee pot to a french press. No power draw very little room taken up for storage. bag your hangup clothes because chafing will be a issue in a hanging locker. Use a tower style space heater with a thermostat that ocilates to maximize heating ability. Leave it running during the colder months to help keep the boat dry. Get a cooler and store extra food outside in the colder months. A large pelican box makes a great outdoor storage locker for things such as out of season clothing. Just put a few silicone packets in the box if you are planning to store for long periods. A over door shoe rack can be easily modified to hang on a bulkhead to save space. Put skateboard tape on the lips of the companionway steps for those rainy days. Switch out the bulbs for leds. put rv antifreeze in water tanks during the winter months. mount a magnetic spice rack behind the stove in order to save cabinet space. Install snaps around companionway and on a heavy throw blanket to help insulate.
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