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OK,,,I am going to steer this this topic in a slightly different direction. The liveaboards posting here seem like a different breed than those who sell their home on retirement and sail away to tropical destinations. I could be wrong, but I imagine liveaboards in colder climates still have jobs and such; they just happen to live on a boat. Is this a fair assessment. If it is, how did it happen? What moved you to move from house or apartment to live on your boat? I am really interested in the stories. If you are married, how do you talk your wife into it? I know I could, and probably would do it if I were alone, but my SO would not even consider it.
This is the wife of dinks14 and I just had to reply to you Slayer. Funny thing was this whole moving aboard a boat in NH was MY idea. And you're right, we are not the quit our jobs, sail off into the sunset cruisers, we are living aboard and working full time. For us this is a means to an end, we do hope to sail off to warmer climates within 2-3 years but for now we're just folks living life who call a 43' sailboat home. We are young and when the time came to do the whole newlywed, buy a house, make babies thing we stopped the freight train of modern life for a second to talk and said, "if we do that we'll never do the boat". So, here we are taking a left turn in life, living a life less ordinary. For us we were overwhelmed by the expectations of young adult life, the reliance on material possessions and pottery barn and iPads, the expectations of love, marriage, house, babies. We wanted to experience something that would challenge us, that would mix life up, derail the typical life path a bit, something we could tell our kids and grandkids someday and we wanted to do it while were young, before our knees ached or we fell into the allure of modern American society. We are both campers (lived out of a Toyota Corolla for 3 months with our black lab while camping across the country). We've never really been into having the best of everything - Never have put a lot of energy or money into possessions or homemaking we'd rather spend our money on experiences (and good craft beer). To us moving aboard a boat set us apart from our friends and fulfilled this need in us to live life differently, to try something new, to challenge ourselves. It was our way of ensuring that our dreams of seeing this world will actually come true.
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Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Stuff tight fitting sheets of 1 inch or thicker white styrofoam up into the hatches. The light will shine right thru , but it will minimize heat loss and condensation. Ethafoam is more expensive ,but tougher.

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Dinks, we bought ours from Lowes. We keep it in our shower. Any time you guys want to make a trip to Portland, we would be happy to show you our setup and answer any questions you have.

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Hi Tim,

Thanks for the tips. As luck would have it, Jill and are headed to Portland for a show at Port City Music Hall Thursday night. If you're around, and don't mind the intrusion Jill and I would love to check out your setup or at least grab a beer.

Let me know if that works for you.

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Thanks Brent and wife of Dinks14 (I will call you Catarina until I know otherwise). Somewhere along the line most of us have been convinced that there is a rule book to life that must be followed. You both are inspirational reminders that there is No rule book to life. And Catarina, I am going to share your post with my fiance.
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Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Tim and "Catrina" are doing something similar to what we are doing. Both professionals living aboard, preparing to go cruising in a couple of years. We just started a little later.

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Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Sorry to necro this thread, and imnot aliveaboard either...

I use a small ceramic space heater on low with a large home dehumidifier with a hydrometer setting on low so it only runs at the set humidity level.

I go up to the boat in the pacific northwest every 2 weeks, empty the resovoir and sleep there for two nights and putter around. Whether im sleeping there (exhaling moisture) or not it keeps the boat dry pretty well.

Expensive way to dry the boat out if you are behind the 8 ball and you have a moisture problem (raining inside the boat) but it works, you crank both of them up to maximum and dump the.resorvoir every couple days. I had to do this cost me nearly $200 in electric over.six months.

But once the boat was dry even in subzero weather both on the lowest setting kept it nice and dry. If i was aboard i would just turn up the heater for comfort.
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