Join Date: Mar 2006
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First, I am guessing that you don't own a boat yet. If that is the case, then you might seriously want to reconsider living aboard. The cost of living aboard is dependent on the boat you're doing it on... the bigger the boat, the more it will cost.
As for propane costs, the rough rule of thumb is one pound of propane, per person per week. It goes up slightly for a single person, and down if there are more people, since the usage isn't really linear. A 20 lb. tank should last you a bit over three months or more, if you're using for just cooking. If you're also using it to heat hot water and such, it will last a shorter period of time.
I wouldn't use an alcohol stove for a liveaboard. It is more expensive and less convenient than propane.
I would ask how much experience on boats and sailing do you have? Many people aren't well suited to living aboard since they're prone to seasickness.
Also, you might want to clarify what area of the country you're in. Norfolk could be Connecticut or Virginia, or probably a half dozen other places. I would guess Virginia, but that might not be the case.
I would also HIGHLY recommend you read the post in my signature, since it will help you get the most out of sailnet.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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