Join Date: Jan 2005
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Re: The Live aboard dream right out of college?
First off, medics are a special breed, you go forward when everyone else is taking fire-thank you for your service.
As for your dream, don't let the naysayers discourage you. Lliving aboard is completely feasable. I've been doing it for eight years, year round in New England. Most times I put on a suit and go to work. I live on a mooring three seasons a year and on a dock in the winter. It is infinitely less expensive then living ashore-more challenging too, but very satisfying and fills a need for independence and living closer to the natural world. Not that I would know, but women seem to admire a guy with a boat who lives his dream. Something about being happy is attractive to others.
As for the boat, I live on a Pearson Vanguard, its older and less spacious then more modern designs, but it is robustly built and many have cruised great distances. Three guys your age circumnavigated aboard a Vanguard after graduating from college-so older designs can be beefed up and carry you far. Best of all they can be suitable live aboards and coastal cruisers. If and when you decide to voyage, they can be made suitable for the journey through modest infusions of money and massive amounts of sweat equity.
I bought mine for 10K, have put about that much into her over 10 years and she'll need another 6-8K to be all I'd like before cruising full time. During that time, I have cruised coastally, learned a lot and continually upgraded her. Given the market, you could probably buy a well fitted out Vanguard for 15K with a diesel and decent sails.
She has all the comforts, hot water, reefer, oven, good battery bank and solar that meets all my power requirement three seasons a year. She's insulated from well below the waterline and heated via propane three seasons a year and supplemented with electric during the winter. She was not always as comfortable as she is now, but life is a journey not a destination-getting there is half the fun. The only cautionary advice I have is that none of these upgrades would have been possible if I was paying someone else to do the work. I did it myself by reading books on the subject and asking for lots of advice along the way.
I have water views that are achingly beautiful all while being a somewhat responsible adult. I think you should go for it.