Just wanted to say hey, I am here because my DH What is a DH? - Divorced Husband?
is going to be retiring from the Military in 7 years, and we have two boys who in 7 years my oldest will be close to graduating highschool and hopefully on his way to harvard on a scholarship LOL. My youngest will probably still be in his bedroom playing with beavers and trains, (I can't see him ever growing out of that). 7 year old playing with beavers? - could you explain that? I could hazard a guess... but this is not that kind of site...
So we are hoping to create a senario where we can survive off my DH's retirement and maybe some parttime work. Living in Northern VA after he retires is not my idea of a good time $$$$
Anyway we are seriously considering ditching our home for a Houseboat. At this point we are 100% novice, utter virgins when comes to living on the water.
So we decided we have 7 years to become experts
, Or atleast not look like total idiots when we finally sail into our retirement neighborhood.
Two great things - you have recognized that you need to learn, and you have a plan! Great!!
We are interested in vacationing on houseboats in different Marinas and states to shop around and see what works best for us. so if you know of some great places to visit that could also become a potential live-aboard please let us know.
I am sure we are going to stay on the East Coast, I like the idea of being able to sail to the bahamas whenever we feel like it. I would like to be in an area where we don't have to drive to get everywhere. We are extremely active so biking and running trails would be awesome. Internet would be a must we don't watch tv much, (I can't miss The Walking Dead) but we like to know what's happening in the world.
The marina in which I keep my vessel is in Rhode Island. It is on a walking/biking trail, and free internet! They also allow live-aboards. This is NOT uncommon. There was a couple in my marina last year that had a 60' houseboat that they transited down from Boston. It had; 3 bedrooms, a large salon, a HUGE bimini covered upper deck, Central air, and a jacuzzi!
So being a total novice we will need to know everything, I apologize in advance for all the stupid questions I will be asking. I will try to search the archives as much as possible. I am quick study well faster than my Husband so hopefully I will not get on anyone's nerves too much!
A few major Questions, when a Hurricane is coming do you evacuate everytime? That depends on the vessel. My boat is happiest in the water. When a boat is hauled, there is always the danger that 125+MPH winds may topple her, or one of her neighbors over onto her. I figure that as long as the storm surge is less than 12 feet, she is OK in her slip, tied to her neighbor. If the surge were predicted to be over 12 feet, I would seriously consider tripling the anchor, and setting her out in the harbor.
Do you keep a place a land for just such emergencies?