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Cheapest place to work on a boat full time.
My boat is about 40' or so, and it's currently on the hard at a boat yard in South Park Near Seattle.
The location s actually pretty convenient, I can work on it without being bothered, I can live in a van/RV like a hobo all around the industrial parts of Georgetown.
But it's costing me $300+ a month and I have zero storage or shop space, unless I pay even more $$$ The boat is packed in like a sardine, so it makes it a little cramped to work on the sides or even tent it. If I get a storage unit it will likely cost just as much, and I really just don't want to pay $600 a month for storage because I want to tinker around and just do a really detailed nice refit.
It kills me when I drive all around the duwamish or hylebos in Tacoma and see all kinds of industrial waterfront just sitting unused. It's also sort of incredible how many nice docks / areas are sitting unused all up and down the sound. I'd like to get the bottom done and painted, and then I'd like to fine a remote dock somewhere out in the styxx where I could park an RV, be a hermit and finish out the interior of the boat. Hopefully trade some sort of deal where I can be a security guard and maybe feed the cows once in a while for trade, or pay a lower monthly rental for a year or two.
My mom has nice property in Reno or Yuma I could use, it would be nice because I could have a proper shop, storage unit and apt, and in the case of Yuma would not need to build a shelter over the boat. BUT... it'd cost me 15k to move the boat (twice) and in the end I'd actually rather start my cruising right here in the sound. (though the sea of Cortez is certainly appealing too) I could also sail the boat around to the Multnomah river because it seems like there are actual haul-out/storage yards facilities there that are quite a bit cheaper. I'm open to suggestions!
I might even anchor out, but that's the least favorable idea because I do have a storage unit full of crap that eventually needs to go into the boat.
I'm completely unencumbered, can go anywhere in puget sound easily, PROBABLY including Canada too but that would take more thought wrt visas or whatnot.
So does anybody know someone with a private dock on an island somewhere that wouldn't mind making $100 a month, or can anyone recumbent a boat yard (everett? Port Townsend?) That might be a little bit cheaper and would be a little easier to have a small shed/workshop?
The proceeds from my house are all the money I will ever have, so I want to be a bit creative in fixing the boat frugally and try to save as much principal as I can. the boat needs a year of solid labor to get ready.
Last edited by xymotic; 10-30-2013 at 05:22 AM.