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Re: Downside of living aboard

Downsides?

Well, for me having lived aboard a few different boats, and not at all interested in owning anything over 40 feet or so,
The only downside that comes up for me is shop space.
I like to break things, take em' apart, and put em back together.
Sometimes they even work again when Im done..
So, Where does the drill press go on the boat? The air compressor? The scrap metal pile?
Guess, I will have to live without them again....
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I'm helping move my Mom into the old folks home this week. Too bad my boat isn't the size of the Queen Mary for all the cool stuff that is going to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity etc. But then I guess that's why I left in the first place. Geez, folks accumulate a lot of stuff. Guess I'll be happy with the Mickey Mouse pocket watch and my dad's purple heart medal from WWII.


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in my formosa the tool room will be forepeak and have bench vice and whatever it needs to keep this boat from a high priced yard situation


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Lack of privacy. If you're at a slip you'll have a boat on both sides of you just feet away.
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Lack of privacy. If you're at a slip you'll have a boat on both sides of you just feet away.
This was not a problem for us. The marina manager kept the LA boats spread around the marina. Most folks do not use their boat during the week and we would go out every weekend. No one around in the winter.

Now that we are cruising full time this is not an issue.
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Lack of privacy. If you're at a slip you'll have a boat on both sides of you just feet away.
Well, not all 'slips' are like that. At Boston Yacht Haven, we are on a dock which does not have anyone on either side of us.
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You know really, thinking about it now, I really miss the two times I was living on my boat,
1) 11 months in a marina
2) 8 months cruising.

I wish I was doing either one right now.
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Re: Downside of living aboard

My wife & I have owned an older Pearson 30 for the last 7 years we love the way she handles - fast, nimble and well built but we are finding she is getting smaller on our longer cruises. We are contemplating an upgrade to a liveaboard in the future and I have been looking at the Tartan 41 Tock among a few others ( Pearson 41, Morgan 38) and am curious how she sails. I couldn't find many reviews on the web and would be interested to hear any thoughts.

Also, for those LA's in the northeast, how do you manage the winters? Do you shrinkwrap it with a door?. Do your marinas use a bubbler system?. How about pumoput service? Is there a pumpout hose long enough to reach your slip? Do you have to insulate the fresh water hose?
What do you use for heat?
What about clearing the dock of snow? Does the marina do that?

Is living onboard in the winter a real challenge?

Currently we keep our boat at the New Haven on a mooring as there are no slips ( It's a small club) but when we sell her and make the jump to a liveaboard we'll probably slip her a one of the marinas in the New Haven vicinity.


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Try it out first. Rent or charter one for a couple of weeks and live on it. You don't need to go any where, just live on it. You can also try joining a club that gives you a few weeks a year and use of the boats when they're not out. In Boston we had that at the Boston Sailing Club. That way you can settle the small space and living in the weather aspect of it at least. Repairs and finance are another major aspect, keep your day job as long as you can and try it out. The days when you could just anchor your boat out or pay very low fees are long gone.

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Also, for those LA's in the northeast, how do you manage the winters?
Prepare for a higher heating bill than you imagine.

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Do you shrinkwrap it with a door?
Some people do, and it creates a nice greenhouse effect underneath. You can do clear shrinkwrap and not feel like you're as much in a cocoon. A cockpit enclosure can be used the same way. On sunny milder winter days it's possible to sit comfortably in an enclosed cockpit.

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Do your marinas use a bubbler system?
Most do, or will let the slipholder. However, it's really more for the protection of the docks than the boats.

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How about pumoput service? Is there a pumpout hose long enough to reach your slip?
If an area has enough of a critical mass of liveaboards a pumpout boat may run all winter or a marina may leave a self-serve pumpout station open. It depends on the marina and area. Either way you'll probably gravitate to the shoreside facilities more in the winter.

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Do you have to insulate the fresh water hose?
Most marinas turn the dock water off. Sometimes if you're close enough to the landside you can run a submerged hose where being underwater insulates it. Some marinas also may leave a self-serve water filling station available otherwise you have to bring your water in jerry jugs.

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What do you use for heat?
Electric, diesel, and propane are the most popular choices or some combination thereof. Each has its ups and downs which have been discussed at length here on other threads. As I mentioned above, heating an uninsulated boat is much more expensive than you'd think and condensation can become a real issue.

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What about clearing the dock of snow? Does the marina do that?
Depends on the marina but generally yes.

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Is living onboard in the winter a real challenge?
More challenging than living ashore but nothing you can't overcome if you know what to expect and are willing to accept the downsides.

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