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partner and i have been actively looking to join the lifestyles of the live-a-board/ cruisers for quite some time now. i believe i have read almost every entry on this bb and all other bb''s i''ve been able to find, still trying to discover the fastest and easiest way to make the transition from 4000 sq.feet and 3 stories to a 38''-43'' live aboard. I have no problem giving up all of the STUFF that one accumulates thru the years but more importantly; what do i keep to transfer too the boat? dishes,silver,towels,(art and crystal) or do these types of items get tossed too violently to be practical.Most all of our cruising for a while will be coastal and we are certainly looking for any imput as to which boat you believe to be the best suited to this type of cruising? thanks in advance for any help.
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Kind of oblique to Tybeefolk''s query, but WTH:
We found that the conventional wisdom against glass (& breakables) aboard, did not hold water (pun intended).
We''ve had Bleach leak out of the plastic bottle, due to abrasion and/or puncture. On the other hand, in nine years of cruising-liveaboard, we never broke a glass bottle.
We also prefered eating off china plates, which we never broke.
Yes, within reason, you CAN bring some of your "finer" things aboard.
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Gord
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tybeefolk,

Considering that you will only have so much space for anything aboard, you will obviously be disposing of 98% of your current home''s contents.

If you think you might be able to use (and prefer to keep, if possible) some things like crystal, a few pieces of art and silver, towels, etc., then just plan to transfer them to the boat. The worst that can happen is you decide later they are not appropriate and you replace them with something that is.

If this is your major remaining dilemma, I congratulate you for being well prepared. Best of luck with the transition.

Duane
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We had a massive garage sale, with a pre-sale to local neighbors and friends first. What we didn''t sell we took to goodwill.

What we later found we didn''t need, we took to a friend''s garage sale or goodwill.

We use stoneware dishes, regular stainless silverware. (I think true "silver" would be an absolute horror to keep polished on board.) We really have no walls for artwork, so we gave some of it to good friends and we still enjoy it at their house. You need many of the same things as you do in a house, as you mentioned, towels, eating and cooking utensils, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.

We kept two crystal goblets in socks on board with no problem for 5 years. We broke them when moving from one boat to another, on land.

We keep a small 3x3x3 A/C storage locker with photos and other items we can''t bear to lose. We also have a safety deposit box for important papers, etc. We put the jewelery in the SDB when traveling.
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Rent a storage unit for the first two months that you live aboard. What isnít aboard by then can be tossed into a bonfire.
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hey Pi, should we wait two months, seems like a waste of money paying for second month. 8^)
thanks to all who respond. we are finding it increasingly easy to toss things as time goes by. soon we will have to move aboard as the house will be EMPTY !!!!!!!!!!! yeah.
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I was being conservative.
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