Hey that isn't fair, PCP777's post was on topic.
I think we've just quietly agreed this thread is better off if it isn't on topic anymore ...
Well thank you. I spent about an hour of my life reading this thread, I thought it was a good subject and wanted to throw my two cents in. The whole teen sailing thing is another good topic that's been discussed on other forums as well but it probably deserves another thread.
I have a good employee that went to prison for five years over prescription drugs. (Now) He's a good guy that's trying to get his life together so invited him to come for a sail. He got bit by the bug. I ended up finding him a Hobie 16 for $100 that was actually able to sail. You have to have a good hobby or you can fall back in the game right? I'm a firm believer in second chances.
So he's living with his grandmother and looking for a living situation or at least a way to get a few nights away a week. My best suggestion, considering his situation, is to get a nice little sailboat and live aboard. aside from the money, the only apartment he'll be able to find around here, because of his credit and criminal background check, would be the hood. You DON'T want to live in the hood in Dallas folks, trust me.
Why even deal with that?
I say get a decent boat and live on it, as long as you have that "roughing it" attitude and don't have major dependencies like kids etc to worry about it can be a terrific solution. yes, you will have to spend money on it but even here in Texas, where housing is very inexpensive, living aboard a boat can be much less expensive if you have the right boat. We are also blessed with a fairly temperate climate which really helps. (Not much snow, ice or freezing days here in Dallas)
If I was in a situation like his, it would be a no brainer. As far as raising a family on a small boat? Not sure if I could handle that.
Given the choice between a homeless shelter, a tent and a boat, I'll take a boat 100% of the time.