HI threre everybody
Im new to this site but felt I had to say hello.
Im a recent live aboard over here in New Zealand and so far so good.( It only been a week), and we are coming in to winter pretty fast so am trying to get the boat ready for what looks like a cold one.
Im keen to hear from any other liveaboards from around the world ( more so if your boat is under 30ft.) And im also keen to hear from anybody over here in NZ, maybe we can talk sailing??
I live in ChristChurch and have my boat at Lyttelton Marina, and reading your forums on this site and others i have notice that the rent is quite high for a berth and in some cases that depends on the size boat you have.
I working on have my boat fully self sufficint by the end of may so i dont have to rely on shore use.
I have been qouted on about $70nz a month to keep my boat at the marina here and that includes full use of the yacht club showers etcetc so I think that is quite cheap.
But still my ultimate goal is to cut the ties for good.
Although Im only 33 my plan is to semi retire by the end of next year and sail around New Zealand, and if my boat ( and me) are good enough I will keep going and head to Aussie. Im only taking baby steps at the moment and would welcome your feed back,
To the live aboards.. Do you have any regrets, and how did your friends, work mates cope when you told them you were selling up and moving onto your boat. Im getting mixed veiws on the subject and getting quite annoyed at all the negitve people out there. ( it has even got to the point i no longer tell anyone as I only get bad feed back) one good one is they think that im poor and cant afford a house. I just have decided I dont want a $200000 mortgage and to HAVE to work the next 25 years just to pay it off.
I like my little yacht and plan to have alot of fun and good adventures in her so any help/ advice would be greatly taken onboard ( mind the pun
Any way I just though Id say hi hope I havnt bored you .