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LoFi 08-05-2009 01:06 PM

I'm the new guy... be nice
 
So I'm strongly considering the idea of living aboard. As it is right now I live in a 450 sq ft log cabin with no cable and no internet (I'm posting from work) and thats too much space for me. I grew up on the water and like small living quarters so I figure it would be a good fit. I would like to know what I'm getting into... Any advice would be great. To be more to the point, I am most concerned about cost of living and maintenance. I thinking between 30'-35'.


Thanks

Cruisingdad 08-05-2009 02:30 PM

Welcome aboard! And living abaord is great... just think of your back yard!!

- CD

imagine2frolic 08-05-2009 03:26 PM

You might find 150sq.ft. a wee bit tight if you're thinking 30-35 ft. Just remember if you don't like the current backyard. With a boat you can always obtain a new one by just moving........i2f

LoFi 08-05-2009 03:50 PM

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Ya, my buddy has a 30' and i liked the size. I do have a four year old son and I'm wondering what kind of stress that would put on him. I live in the northwest and our winters are rainy and unpleasant.

erps 08-05-2009 03:50 PM

Where are you planning on doing this. Living aboard would be easier in some parts of the country over others. Finding a marina that allows live aboards can be a problem in some areas too. There are blogs out there of folks currently livingaboard and you can learn quite a bit from their experiences.

erps 08-05-2009 03:54 PM

In the PNW, a poorly insulated boat is going to cause you condensation problems in the winter time. The previous owner of our boat lived on board down at Shilshoal for 13 years. It has insulated hulls and a good heat source that improved the quality of life considerably.

imagine2frolic 08-05-2009 04:04 PM

The child will be fine if you can work out a system where he can burn off energy, and not keep him cooped up. Might bring in a whole new structure to your relationship. You won't be the first to raise a child in small quarters. BEST WISHES in working things out in your favor......i2f

LoFi 08-05-2009 04:21 PM

Ya, I have been reading some studies about children raised on boats with some impressive results for sure. One of my other concerns is the maintenance of the vessel. I have read so many different points of view that my head is spinning. I understand that certain boats can be less resilient the forces of nature, but it would be nice to have a ballpark idea of the boats needs. Is there anything to steer clear of for a new boater? Also any suggestions of a boat which might suit my needs?

Thanks

Cruisingdad 08-05-2009 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by LoFi (Post 511507)
Ya, I have been reading some studies about children raised on boats with some impressive results for sure. One of my other concerns is the maintenance of the vessel. I have read so many different points of view that my head is spinning. I understand that certain boats can be less resilient the forces of nature, but it would be nice to have a ballpark idea of the boats needs. Is there anything to steer clear of for a new boater? Also any suggestions of a boat which might suit my needs?

Thanks

Go to the Boat Buying Forum and start a thread there about what you want. List as many details as possible, including where you live, your personal circumstances, money, the child, etc. You shuold get a lot of repies.

- CD

imagine2frolic 08-05-2009 05:51 PM

Especially what use you intend for the boat.....i2f


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