Beyond The Pale
Join Date: Nov 2014
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Congratulations. I like to read the stories here of those that are doing it properly. (I downsized too; I find that a 3200Kg Boat is as much as I can handle these days...)
One thing to consider:
I knew two couples who made a go of it. They didn't know each other, but curiously, they both had new Tayanas. They cut their Lifestyle to a bare minimum... and then they started accumulating more Stuff. Stuff Happens. Christmas, Birthdays, Inheritances...
They both came to the same solution: a Self Storage unit within biking distance of their Home Port. I have no idea what these cost now; back then, it was around $75 a month for one big enough for the Stuff, and a small Working Area for those things too noisy, or smelly, or disgusting, to be done onboard.
Note that what they were doing was entirely by choice; among them was a Teacher, a Nurse, a Veterinarian, and an Airline Pilot. That last one ended up getting a _second_ Storage Unit, just for his new Mercedes.
Every once in a while, like this morning, I think about Living Aboard. Utter nonsense for me of course. I _like_ my Stuff... my Piano, my Dining Room Table, my Books, my Cars, my Laboratory, and on cold mornings like this, my Bathtub. A good long hot soak on occasion cures my ills.
(I spent Christmas week on the Boat. It was very nice and quiet; practically nobody visits their Boats then. The Fourth Of July was unbearable.)