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For the past several months I've been redoing my captiva 240 that was given to me free of charge from my father as he upgraded to a Pearson 36. I've spent countless hours making the boat as live aboard friendly as possible. I know it's a small boat however the amount of time and effort placed into it has made me more and more eager to live aboard. I've been reading alot of live aboard post but haven't seen anyone with a boat as small as mine. I'll be living n south Carolina primarily at a marina except for day sails....any encouraging advice for life aboard would be great
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Can't offer any of that, but welcome, and 36 isn't small.

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Welcome to the asylum and congrats on inheriting a dream. Your 24 is a small boat to live aboard for any length of time. I haven't done it but I'll say that a week on a 25 footer gets cramped. Probably the best thing you can do is upgrade from an icebox to a fridge and install shore power. I'm assuming that you have a slip with power. The next thing would be to install a bimini with screen sides and some exterior lighting. This would add 30% to your living area and give a place to entertain in when it rains. Be sure to consult a qualified electrician on this one. One wrong ground and we're reading about you on Darwin Awards.

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Check out Drake Paragon film on You Tube, SV Swallow Non Such 26 it's a live aboard!...Dale

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Thanks for the advice! Don't know where to get a Bimini that will fit my boat though?
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For the past several months I've been redoing my captiva 240 that was given to me free of charge from my father as he upgraded to a Pearson 36. I've spent countless hours making the boat as live aboard friendly as possible. I know it's a small boat however the amount of time and effort placed into it has made me more and more eager to live aboard. I've been reading alot of live aboard post but haven't seen anyone with a boat as small as mine. I'll be living n south Carolina primarily at a marina except for day sails....any encouraging advice for life aboard would be great
My wife and I and our dawgs live aboard our 23 footer from mid may to the end of october. You've gotten some good advice so far.
Regarding biminis, looking at the design of your boat, you may be able to use an off-the-shelf setup like one of these:
Defender.com Search Results: bimini: Bimini Tops

As far as making the life more livable, I disagree with Don about installing shore power. I feel that on small boats shorepwoer is more of a hindrance than a help. It means having to devote already minimal storage to a shorepower cable, another ppower panel, and all the appliances you feel you can't live without, like a toaster, coffee maker, microwave, etc., etc., which makes a small interior feel more cramped. Instead, install a couple of 40-50 watt solar panels and install LED bulbs to reduce your electrical consumption, increase the insulation around your icebox to make it more efficient.


Go to a nearby furniture store, shoe store, electronics store and ask the stock clerks for any silica gel packs they have lying around- toss them in all of your lockers and toolboxes to fight condensation. Your clothes and tools will thank you.

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Thanks for the Bimini site! Yea I think I'm going to run shore power only for the fact that I want a carry on type ac unit as it gets hot here in south Carolina during the summer...other than that I don't have an existing ice box so I'll have to use a cooler if not a mini fridge. As far as other appliances go idk what I'll get if anything I have no sink or stove...ideas?? I do plan to move aboard and will prob by may
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it gets hot here in south Carolina
What part of South Carolina?
hellow From Beaufort. Good luck with the project. I will begin to live some spring and fall weeks on the East Coast Lady 30 ft C&C. I have shore power now and its nice.
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I live on a 20 foot boat for a week or two at a time so I'm used to being cramped. Living on a 24 foot boat all the time is a good way to simplify your life. My advice: keep it simple and only buy quality stuff. Eventually I'm planning to live on a small boat as well, but no on my 20ft Mirage...
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I met 2 folks living on a 21 footer in Culebra. They even had a pair of dogs. Seems like they were doing fine. To me a boat is like a garage or a purse, you just fill it up and most of the stuff you don't "need".
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