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nauticalgirl 09-04-2009 05:37 PM

soon to be moving aboard a cal 25
 
Hi:) My husband & I are moving aboard a 25ft sailboat. We have never been sailing and know we have a ton to learn, but we're excited to try something we've always dreamed of doing. We will probably be docked the majority of the time & wont venture out into the open water until we know what we're doing. :p Has anyone else lived aboard a boat this small or recently moved unto a boat? Any experiance & suggestions would be great! :D

smackdaddy 09-04-2009 05:44 PM

Hey nauti - welcome to SN. I sail a Catalina 27. It's a definitely a small space - and we've only overnighted on ours - but I'd say it will be an experience of a lifetime without a doubt.

Hopefully you've got good ways to keep yourselves cool/warm as needed. With a tight space - every creature comfort counts.

As for the sailing, find someone in the marina who will be willing to take you out and show you how to get from point A to B. It won't take you long to get the basics down.

And ask whatever questions you need to here. Lots of experience sailors willing to help us newbs.

Have fun.

PS - Check out the "Living Aboard" thread. Lots of great info there.

painkiller 09-04-2009 06:40 PM

Wow! Do you have the flush-decked Cal 25 or the other one?

nauticalgirl 09-04-2009 09:50 PM

um not sure what "flush decked" is..

nauticalgirl 09-04-2009 09:57 PM

Thanks so much smackdaddy for the advice. We dont quite have the heating and air part figured out..im guessing we will get a small electric heater and plug it into shore power. We'll definately need it since we live in NC and it'll get pretty cold...

dieselboy 09-05-2009 01:02 AM

Neat.... I just got my 29' cal and am in love with it. I am in the same boat as you " so to speak" we have a boat and know way to little to actually sail it yet. But were learning..
Wish you all the best..:)

painkiller 09-08-2009 08:37 AM

Here's the flush-decked model (no coachroof):

http://www.mansellboatrentals.com/im...nddrift-01.jpg

And the other model:

http://www.sailingtexas.com/piccal25fa.jpg

There's not much headroom in the flush-decked model! Though looking at the pics, they might have the same headroom. The flush-decked model might just carry her deck farther forward.

Cruisingdad 09-08-2009 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nauticalgirl (Post 519983)
Hi:) My husband & I are moving aboard a 25ft sailboat. We have never been sailing and know we have a ton to learn, but we're excited to try something we've always dreamed of doing. We will probably be docked the majority of the time & wont venture out into the open water until we know what we're doing. :p Has anyone else lived aboard a boat this small or recently moved unto a boat? Any experiance & suggestions would be great! :D

We have lived aboard with our kiddo (have two now) and two dogs on a Catalina 380. It was a wonderful experience most of the time (and sometimes it really stinks!! but that is just life). You will enjoy it. Our boat was considerably larger than yours, but there was more of us too.

Good luck with it and feel free to ask any questions you have. Welcome aboard.

- CD

nauticalgirl 09-08-2009 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by painkiller (Post 520586)
Here's the flush-decked model (no coachroof):

http://www.mansellboatrentals.com/im...nddrift-01.jpg

And the other model:

http://www.sailingtexas.com/piccal25fa.jpg

There's not much headroom in the flush-decked model! Though looking at the pics, they might have the same headroom. The flush-decked model might just carry her deck farther forward.

Oh ok--ours looks exactly like the other one, not the flush-decked one. I can stand just fine, but my husband(at 6'2) has to duck in some spots. :)

dieselboy 09-08-2009 07:52 PM

""Oh ok--ours looks exactly like the other one, not the flush-decked one. I can stand just fine, but my husband(at 6'2) has to duck in some spots. ""

lol, well im not 6,2 but i have to duck now and then in my 29 ' Cal.

Have you made any contacts on the live on Board thread yet? I bet they have lots more insight than the rest of us " part timers".. :D


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