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I think if you want to have sort of the equivalent situation on land it would be living in an RV on the cheap. Same basic thing - simple head with a holding tank, fiberglass keeping you out of the rain, motor, propulsion system, small living quarters, all the same stuff. It isn't totally comparing apples to apples, but it isn't apples to oranges either.

There are people who "anchor out" in RV's, that is, they spend their time "boondocking" (or "dry camping") which is essentially finding a free place to park their RV and then just living there until they either have to go find food, water, empty the holding tank, get fuel, etc, or someone tosses them off the property, or whatever. They have a lot of the same kinds of issues that people living on boats have, lot of the same equipment, same concerns, they use solar panels to keep battery banks charged up, talk about generators, all the same stuff.

So, yeah, you can get a free boat and anchor it out and never spend a penny, but you can just as easily get an old RV and live in it too. If sailing has any advantages I would think it would be these two - 1) You can move a sailboat without buying expensive fuel, and 2) It is legal to "park" your sailboat in an anchorage, whereas it is much harder to find a place to put an RV and really just stay there, eventually even Walmart is going to throw you off the lot. You could, of course, find places to park forever if you really look, some ghost town in the middle of Nevada, but it isn't like anchoring out because you can anchor out in major metropolitan areas, and that simply isn't going to happen boondocking in an RV.



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Good job, Windy!


I think that suggestion was made back, oh, about post number nine on this now long past ridiculous thread. But keep it going as there is conceivably yet one more wack-job out there who'd like to fully explain how he lives on board for less than free, with cable access. (g)

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Sway I thought of your post while I was writing, I just felt it wasn't fair to say in one paragraph what could be said in about five different lengthy posts, with pictures even!

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I'd rather be in a camper where the worst that can happen is that I get wet - as opposed to drown.
I guess this is the other major difference as well Wind.
Especially considering the OP has young family.

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The photo made the post. I was somewhat disappointed though that you chose a full-sized Chevy for illustrative purposes when everyone knows that the vehicle of choice for poverty level R/Ving is the venerable Datsun truck, which is noted for running equally well on three cylinders as opposed to the full four. Those whom do not know you might infer that you are merely contributing to the elitism that dominates the sailing community and, verily, permeates this thread.

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The photo made the post. I was somewhat disappointed though that you chose a full-sized Chevy for illustrative purposes when everyone knows that the vehicle of choice for poverty level R/Ving is the venerable Datsun truck, which is noted for running equally well on three cylinders as opposed to the full four. Those whom do not know you might infer that you are merely contributing to the elitism that dominates the sailing community and, verily, permeates this thread.
Some vehicles pre-date even the Datsun as homes ...






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Of course, most people don't know that Dorothea Lange had to crop this photo to get rid of her thumb...


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I'd point out that a recent winner of Powerball, who won a $230,000,000 jackpot, was homeless... not that I think that gambling is the way out of financial troubles.

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But did he then choose to buy a gold plated RV or a Hallberg Rassy to live on???? That is the question.....

Thinking about that much money just depresses me. Imagine how much foam you could buy for your tender

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