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Re: Moving to California...(living on a sailboat)
First off, California is a big place. Maybe 4x the size of Tennesee. And about 6x the population. Also, whereas Tennessee is an East-West sort of state, CA is North-South - which means a lot of coast!
So the answer is, you have asked a "how long is a piece of string" question. There are smaller coastal towns, relatively inexpensive, close to the harbor..often with few jobs. And there are big cities, huge marinas, few liveaboards allowed. And everything in between. And people everywhere, trying to find jobs and somewhere to live.
In the North it is colder; in the South, hotter; and in the South - well, pretty well anywhere - there are a lot of immigrants looking for work. Hardworking guys, often wandering around Marina's lining up outside hardware stores, working for cash.
Housing in California is expensive. Heck, everything in California is expensive, from the taxes to the groceries. People spend $2m up for a 3000 sq ft house in some neighborhoods (and I am not talking Beverly Hills, I am taking nice suburbia!). Insane.
Anything is possible - jobs can be found for a hardworking, diligent person - but it won't be easy, it'll take time to connect with folks and find the opportunities. But I suggest you do more research - look at the places you would consider living, look at prices and jobs in those neighborhoods.
I don't want to discourage you from pursuing your dreams, and wish you the best of luck - but keep researching before you do something which may not work out.