Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Marina del Rey, CA
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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat
That's a good question, Manhattan. I've been checking out some boats, and there are some great deals. But . . . I know how a boat takes over your life (if you give it the care and attention it needs) and swallows vast amounts of cash. I want to complete a novel this year and I have other ideas for fiction too - ideally, I'd quit my job again, live on the boat, and write full time. Sounds great in theory, but in reality I'm not sure if living aboard is right for me - assuming I could find an open liveaboard slip in California.
My job takes up a lot of time too, with travel, but the pay and benefits are just too good to casually walk away from. It took me fifteen years to get where I am in IT - if I walk away now, at age 53 (in May), with the economy likely to be in the dumps for the forseeable future, it probably means it will be the last good paying, good benefits job I will ever have. I know that may sound cowardly, but there it is. I like the comforts and not having to fret about money.
Is it possible to write, take care of an old boat, and have a significant full time IT job (that requires travel - avg 20-22 trips a year, 4-6 days each) all at the same time??? I don't know. I've got to look at these options carefully and realistically. I would love to split my time between boatwork and writing in some nice spot like a liveaboard slip in Ventura or somewhere else in California - but is that doable?
Last edited by glenndamato; 01-30-2013 at 02:28 PM.