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Ventilation and proper storage of the clothes is the way to prevent the boat smell from getting on your clothes. Storing your clothes in air-tight plastic bins will help a lot. My boat doesn't have a "boat smell" because it is dry and well-ventilated. I don't have mold or mildew problems either, for the same reasons.

Finding a place to liveaboard isn't that difficult. I'd recommend you get Living Aboard magazine. They're an excellent resource, as is their on-line listserv.

AC isn't that big a problem to retrofit, especially if you only need it for dockside use.

Lots of boats in that price range that would work, including the Alberg 30, Catalinas, Tartans, etc. I wouldn't go much over 35', since the costs for maintenance, dockage, and such go up significantly with boat length. I wouldn't go much smaller than an Alberg 30, since you need a minimum of space to liveaboard. I wouldn't spend more than $40,000 on the boat, if your actual budget is $50,000 since you will probably want to keep some money aside for re-fitting, repairing and upgrading the boat for your use as a liveaboard.


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Jumping ahead here from the first page. Let me just say it will not work for you and your wife so just send her my way! LOL...This is new to you, buy small and work your way up. Get a 30ish footer, do weekends ect and go sailing. If it works for both of you the upgrade to a 40ish liveaboard. We switched marinas/harbors three time to get "the feel" we wanted. Wife has a little sail time, I had no sail time but five years full time under power plus three of that as a full time live aboard. I tried to explain the "harbor life" but untill we found our spot with kindred souls, it didnt take. Now she is there every weekend for the social life of the harbor. Boat people are great folks but it aint for everyone. before you jump in with both feet and a big investment, start smalland try it. You give up a lot to liveaboard but you gain a lot too.
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I am new to these forums, and want to say hello to everyone.
My Wife had lived on a boat when she was younger about 10 + years ago and she loved it. She lived on it with an Ex-boyfriend for about 5 years. Well anyway's she moved back to land met me and we are now married for 1 year last month. This is my Wifes dream to live on a boat and go day and weekend sailing. Well me on the other hand, I have never been around boats or even docks that much. When she told me she lived on a boat I did not know you could even do that at first Anyway's she kept talking about it, so about 3 years ago we took sailing classes in Charleston SC Basic Keelboat 1 and Basic Cruising. I really enjoyed it and had alot of fun and learned alot also. We looked into buying a boat but we got caught up in life and we did not even go sailing or charter a boat. So jumping to the present we have some money saved up and we are talking about it again. To me living on a boat would seem fun and a real challange but I have done research by reading books, getting magazines ect... and it is a huge lifestyle change? My wife would go out and buy one now if I gave the okay, but I want to know exactly what I am getting myself into first before I just go out and buy one. I am ready to make a change and give it a try, I have read what people have said and most agree that is it great. I want to let my Wife live out her dream so I will do what I can to make it happen but I must be informed first. Now my Wife has told me about it and it was many years ago since she did live on a boat but I am looking for other peoples insight on this subject.
Does anyone know of some really good books I can read that might give me more insight on living on a boat?
So far I am reading Modern Cruising under sail by Don Dobbs this is a very good book so far but it is more for cruising.
I also have The Voyager's Handbook Second Edition, by Beth A. Leonard (have not read it yet looks like a good book though)
Also do you guy's think living on a boat cheaper? Has anyone moved from Land to a boat and did save money due to this move?
How much work goes into taking care of a boat when you live on it?
Does anyone know where you can liveaboard a boat in Myrtle Beach SC and what would the docking fees be? Also are insurance and taxes high?
Some of the boats that we have been looking at don't have AC, can you add AC to a boat after you buy it or is it a hugh undertaking?
Well these are just some questions I have now, I am sure I will have lots more..... Thank you for your help.

Snowolf: My girlfriend and myself have been living aboard in Daytona Beach for five years now and she lived aboard four years before that. We have only good things to say about it. I have a 37' Endeavour that we lived on for the last three years and its for sale with a live aboard slip here. The slip rent here costs me under $500.00 per mo. I know of a few other sail boats here with slips also. We have a new boat and its here too. If your interested or have any questions let me know Capt Bob
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Snowolf: Sent you a reply but I don't think it took. Haven't used sailnet for a while and maybe didn't do it right. My girlfriend and I have lived aboard for 5 years now and love it. You should get the slip before you get buy the boat!! Slips are VERY hard to find. We have a 37' Endeavour with an available LIVE ABOARD Slip. Alot of marinas don't allow live aboards. Be sure thats clear before you make your move. The Endeavour is for sale for $55,000 and the slip is at the city marina .We live in the marina here and the slip rent is under $500.00 per mo. If interested or have any questions contact me firemanbob55@netzero.com Good luck!! Capt Bob
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you can have the house all for yourself!!!!

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