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Re: New to sailing and looking to do some marina liveaboard. HI! :D

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About the survey... I feel like a $400 survey for a $2-3k boat is a bit over-kill... I'm sure it's NOT of course, but for my purposes out the gate it might be... Ive met a couple of very experienced sailors who are willing to give me their opinions before I make an offer. I think that would be sufficient for a boat I may never take out of the Marina.
I paid $2300 for my first boat with trailer. I didn't have a survey done (didn't even know what a survey was at the time) but I did have a knowledgeable sailing friend climb in and let me know if he thought the boat would at least float. I bought it knowing I wanted a project boat. So you're on the right track. BUT, I wasn't intending to use the boat as my primary residence, either. It would really suck if your house sank.

Not saying that you should get a survey, although I'm at the top of the heap waving my flag for doing so, but at least get someone with more than a passing knowledge of boats to look at it.

Next boat: definitely.

Also, while I'm thinking of that old boat. If you find a boat that allows the waste to discharge overboard, you have to get the thru hull either glassed over or have a internal tank installed with a lock on the valve so that there's no way to discharge overboard. Illegal and you can get fined. Even on my 22 footer it had a head (no privacy but a head nonetheless) and I pulled it out completely, glassed the thru hull and bought a porta potty.
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Good advice... I will def find out what the head situation is. Thank you for the heads up! Pun not intended.

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Re: New to sailing and looking to do some marina liveaboard. HI! :D

There are dreamers and there are do'ers. You sound like a do'er. I am going down the same road but being in a cold water area I will live aboard summers only. Found a little PY26 at a charity auction that I'm reading to launch as soon as the marina opens in a few weeks. Good Luck Richard
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Thanks Richard! Went and looked at the 25' Coronado today. It is a nice boat... she was def sailable ... but I just wasn't feeling it completely. So the search and waiting continues.

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Re: New to sailing and looking to do some marina liveaboard. HI! :D

I know from experance when you see the right boat she will speak to you. I went to a charity yard to look at a Catalina 27 And the PY26 spoke to me. It took anouther 6 weeks to pull the triger but it was the boat that chose me not the other way arround. Good luck with your hunt. Richard, proud owner of my 1979 PY26 "Ruth Ann"
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Re: New to sailing and looking to do some marina liveaboard. HI! :D

I like this guy.

Caz, when I was between wives, I lived aboard a 35' Chris-Craft Sea Skiff. It floated, mostly, the engines ran, somewhat, the slip was paid for for the first season, and it was cheaper than first and last on an apartment, but still cost almost all the cash I had at the time.
I didn't regret it then, and I don't regret it now.

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The upside to being broke in a marina is that at least you are broke in a nice neighbourhood. Being broke on land means living in a neighbourhood where everybody else is broke too, and that can, and will, kill one's spirit real quick.

Before you go boat shopping, print out the "Inspection Trip Tips" sticky, and don't be afraid to get dirty. Pull the floor boards to see the bilge, pump the head, do a visual on the engine and the transmission dipstick, and poke, prod, and peer into every nook and cranny and part.
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