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Life is a funny thing...
I just recieved notice not too long ago that my job will be transfering me from Chicago to the Atlantic coast of Florida just north of Miami. So....I got a second opinion on the deck delamination. Basically its not bad at all. Nothing that can't be drilled and filled. Worst case scenario it will only be a small part that may need to be cut below deck and repaired. I'm fairly confident I can do it myself with some sweat and a couple thousand dollars MAXIMUM including a full paint job and various small glass repairs.
Best part of this whole thing is that the company I work for will pay the $3K that it will cost to ship the boat to Florida. I plan on living aboard full time and continue saving for a bigger blue water boat. If I get another 2 or 3 good years out of this one maximum I think it will be worth every penny. Other than the slight cosmetics of the deck its in near mint condition. What do you guys think?



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Nice climate change Nick - best of luck in the transition. Have you inquired about boat slip availability for liveaboards yet? I've heard that liveaboard slips in south Florida are scarce and VERY expensive.
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Not yet, looking into it now. The move isn't scheduled until July or August '07. I'm sure I'll find something. As expensive as it may be, it can't be as expensive as renting an apartment. All I really need is a place to shower. I really don't care for any other amenities.
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Nice turn of events, sounds like you are moving to sail heaven (but no skiing...).

On the deck repair, I'm sure you can muscle through whatever needs to be done to get a solid deck - the concern I'd offer is how difficult a job it will be do do a quality job on painting a deck. I've painted hulls before - it can be hard to get a great finish - I think a deck is much more difficult to do, both due to the number of corners and panels, and the fact that the end result is always right under your eyes, subject to continual inspection. If the boat is otherwise in excellent condition, anthing else than a professional-looking paint job may materially lessen the value of the boat, and perhaps your enjoyment. Your call, but I think the bar is much higher than if you were just painting the topsides...

Another thought is that living on a 2-27 ain't much living. Have you considering trying to use the move as an opportunity to move up - maybe you can sell the 27 and get some money out of the company for "loss of value" due to a rushed sale...then put the money into something a little bigger, even a 33 would provide a lot more space, perhaps some amenities like hot water, etc. If you are living aboard it can be important to have adequate room for the inevitable guests. Consider a loan if necessary...
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ood luck with your project. My advice after having painted a dweck with a two part system is this.1.) If you do it in Florida, don't spare the thinner. I found best results when the paint was about like milk. 2.) Remove all dust from surface to be painted. Any impurities will tear upthe foam brush and will leave a less than smooth surface. 3.) Practice technique on horizontal surface to perfect before tackling verticle. 4.) Resist the temptation to brush stroke more than once. 5.) Lastly... any of the assh**** that comment on a run here or a flaw there ( and there will be both the flaws and assh****), escort them off the boat and don't invite them back....unless you are married to them.
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LOL!,

I'm not worried about imperfections or A******S. As far as hot water and all the other wants...I can do without them for a year. I think the advantage of taking a boat from Chicago is that I know all the quirks of my boat already. I've on her for 6 months and quite comfortably at that. I have very basic needs. Sure, I'd love to have a shower on board and hot pressurized water but its only temporary. This way I'm in no hurry to jump on the first "deal" that cruises my way. I can settle in, cruise the Bahamas, find a good surveyor and broker that can help me get a boat that I can keep for the next 10 years or so.
Right now I'm kinda thinking I'll be looking for an old steel hull ocean going cruiser in the 30 to 40 foot range. I'd dry dock it and blast it,get a new coat underneath and then completely refit/update the inside. All I really need is a hull with a decent engine and a good mast. Everything else can be redone. I plan on doing all the interior myself. This is the plan for now....nothing set in stone. All that's set in stone right now is that I'm going to Florida and I want an ocean going passagemaker within the next year and a half.





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Nick, all considered you might want to toss around that option, asking the company for the moving money but selling the boat and buying something else down there. When you look at $3k for moving, plus the investment in repairs, as against the eventual sale price of the boat? And even if that deck repair is perfect, the next buyer may be put off by it. At a certain point, it pays to bail and put the money in the next boat.

North of Miami is still "the gold coast" down there. Expensive dockage, much advertised specifically as "No livbd". Reasonable living aboard down there went out with Travis McGee and the Busted Flush. These days are different. Of course, even apartments are expensive and traffic on the I-95 is totally modern. [read: deadly, stopped, or both].

You might want to ask your company for hazard pay.
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I was thinking about selling and saving the money, however, they will pay to relocate it but not to reimburst me if I sold at a loss. This boat is not really worth much at all but I know its a good solid boat. All I want to get out of this is a place to live temporarily until I can save more money and get my hands on something bigger and more suited to my lifestyle. Finding a marina has been quite the challenge. Most have a waiting lists years long. There are a few around, however, finding one with a shower and possibly laundry is a challenge. I'm sure I'll find something. I always make it happen. No worries here....yet. lol





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I'd second the A/C unit...you're gonna need it.. Finding a place to liveaboard is also going to be a problem, as is insurance... better make sure you have those straight before committing.
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