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Although you should be prepared, sometimes we think too much instead of taking action. What do you have to lose??? Do it!!

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Sad to hear that, Chuckles. Best wishes to you.

We've also been on the balancing act between security and living your dreams. Although our story has a happier ending, there was nothing quite like the doctor's saying "the prognosis is not good" in the ER last year to bring priorities into focus.
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Denise,
Don't do it. If you don't like hot weather, you're going to hate living at a dock where you can't control the air temp or the wind howling through the rigging all the livelong day and night. You'll hate not having less access to the grandkids. Sailhog's advice: create a situation where you have a nice little condo and inexpensive access to your boat, which you can sail south or north or wherever you please. Take three months next November and cruise to Florida, Bahamas, and then turn around. See what it's really like to camp on your boat day-in and day-out for an extended period. There's little to be gained by jumping in feet first, and the downside risk is real and, in my opinion, significant. What do you come back to if something happens to the boat? What if the money dries up from investments that don't work out as planned? What if there's a family emergency? Keep your boat, sail your ass off, come home to your itty-bitty condo and enjoy the grandkids. That would be a good life to live. Fantasies have a way of turning into nightmares. Do what's do-able.
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I am totally shocked! Sailhog actually is capable of rational and coherent thoughts.
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TB - it is somewhat unsettling, isn't it?

Denise - Hawg's advice is not bad, but the main thing is you have to do what you feel is right. For no one but yourself. That doesn't mean disregard anyone else, just that you have to live with whatever decision you make.
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Aren't you on your way south? Be sure to PM me if and when you're in the neighborhood. Evey, Georgie and Izzie will want to say hello...
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If you are going to Live aboard, do it because of the lifestyle change. Do not do it because of the financial implications. It is not as easy as you think. Even little things like where to put your clothes, how to iron your clothes, and cooking a meal that basically takes over the whole boat are big obsticals. Does the boat become smaller? Yes. It does, but you learn to live within those confines and it is not that bad. However, showering and going to the john are a little frustrating - as is the pumpouts and mildew, etc. Sorry, I am not trying to be crude, I am just being realistic on the changes you will face.

I am not trying to dissuade you from pursuing it. Just think how big your backyard will be! It is sunsets and margaritas sometimes, but it is also just plain old life and it will follow you from house to boat to RV or wherever you live.

I agree - go for it... but you may want a different boat and one that you are very comfortable on. I say this, but others do it on less. It is a change of lifestyle and not a financial benefit. You might even find you spend more money living aboard than at your house (eating out, fixing stuff, etc).

Still, if you are looking for a change of lifestyle where you are not only closer to nature but a part of it, then it is the right decision.

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Sailhog's meds must have kicked in too...he's not ranting... The points he makes are very good, but only applicable to some people. The Carolinas have some very nice places with good water access at relatively reasonable prices still. Insurance in the Carolinas is also still affordable, unlike parts further south.
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Somehow I got a reputation for being stupid and crazy. Don't know how that happened. Anyway, I'm trying to turn over a new leaf... No more martinis before 0900...
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