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post #31 of 34 Old 11-09-2007
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I cannot speak as to why others live aboard their boats nor can I explain the eccentrisities of other sailors. I can share why my wife and I live aboard our boat.
The biggest thing was wanting to get out of the rat race. We saw our friends buyng houses they couldn't afford, cars whose monthly payments were equal to slip fees, and the general desire to accumulate "stuff." We saw that living aboard to prepare to go cruising would help us know the boat better and be better prepared when set out over the horizon.
The next thing is the family we plan to have. When we look at the public school system in America and scores keep dropping the choice was a no brainer. We dont want our children to be immersed in the MTV generation crap. We have chosen to spend the next 5 years or so doing an extensive refit of the boat. Once the munchkins are tall enough to see over the life lines were taking off cruising. We would like our children to experience the world not a small enclave of some suburban neighborhood.

"A boat really does represent freedom. Freedom to set your own course, or drop the anchor and observe the beauty around you."
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We're all weird, everyone of us. It's just a matter of degree.

Everyone thinks they're the best drivers or they're way of doing things is best.

I spent 30+ years chasing summits rock and ice climbing. Working half a year then quit to go climb. Everyone thought I was crazy. Then my passion changed to long distance sailing and removed all doubt.

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I've read quite a few posts about people wanting to live a more affordable lifestyle aboard, but that hasn't been my experience. Decent boats (one that you would feel happy taking off the dock) are expensive, and parts and maintenance can be ridiculous in terms of time and money. Boats, especially sailboats, are complex pieces of equipment.
One can look at it as an investment, but living as a couple in an apartment would be cheaper, at least where I live. Many guys around here have old boats not worth much of anything (easy to do when you're single) but if you want a nice boat and intend to keep it that way, it will be a major investment in time and $$$. It's cheaper than the house in the burbs sure, but there are many other ways of living cheaply. I suspect the romance of the thing is often a part of why people choose the lifestyle, whether they admit it or not. I can't believe the number of folks I've met that went "Oooooo", when I told them how I live, and yet they've never done it.
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Sting said it.
You're weird and so am I.

Most people have a innate need to belong to a "tribe" or "herd." They buy houses and cars and get jobs in the city doing things that measure performance (success) on the same scale with those in their little circle.

People need to belong to a community.
People need to feel accomplished (worthwhile). I guess its kind of a Maslow Hierarchy-thing.

Those who select smaller tribes and communities are looking for something else. I call it wierd. But I don't mind being called weird. Liveaborads fall into that wierd catagory, but as many similarities that they may have - they have just as many differences.

My nieghborhood has a few poeple living on barges, some on power boats, some on sailoats. This creates an entertaining and rich eclectic range of personnalities, but I can draw from each of these folks. As funny as it may sound - I believe that the differences draw liveaboards together more than do our similarities.
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