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I live weekends on my Hunter 27 and it works well for just me. You need to consider how many people, do you need running water, heat/cool air etc. I enjoy the smaller spaces, especially in cold weather, when it's windy and the boat rocks me like a cradle to sleep//
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Hello there everyone,

Happy New Year to you all.

I am 34 and also going to be living aboard a second hand boat I am buying, from the summer. I want to circumnavigate the americas, mostly alone will have other crew at times. I've not yet bought anything, it will be between 26 and 33 feet. I've been to Seattle to look at some 20 boats, most i could not afford, and I have been looking for three months now, as I had a lot to learn. Im making some moves to buy over the next few months. at the moment looking at a 30ft Maurice Griffith that looks a good old fashioned live aboard recently renovated.

I have a dog and cat too so have the same issues with cat trays and them adapting to the boat. My dog has been on boats before but mostly small ones and never to live aboard.

This is a really great forum thanks for being here! =)

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1: I have lived aboard for a period of about two years. One thing that I found extremely helpful is to find a good anchorage to live in. With the help of a good wind/solar system, and some self control when it comes to the electric you wind up saving all of your dockage. For me it was about $500.00/mo. That money comes in handy for all of the little projects that WILL come up.
2: You live on a boat. Let that soak in for a minute. Now, if you are cold, move toward the equator. If you are hot move away from said imaginary line. Repeat as necisary. Make friends that do the same. Around these parts you're called a snowbird. In November, you head to the caribian. Then in may you go back to the carolinas (cheap dockage and cost of living).
3: Don't buy a fridge. Keep the ice box, use block ice, and use that money to buy a small chest-style freezer to keep meats, vegitables ect.
4: 28ft is plenty of boat for a single person or a couple as long as you stay in a place with good weather. Your cockpit is like an extra living area.
5: Keep all of your tools organized, labeled, and stowed when not in use.
6: if you are maried or have a spouse of some sort, you do not need a tv. There is plenty to do/talk about on a boat. Have a few cocktails and enjoy your suroundings and each other. If you reqire ambient noise, an fm radio comes in handy.
7: learn to fish, and buy a crab trap. There is nothing better than fresh fish/shelfish, and other than the initial purchase of tackle/equipt it's FREE. You can get bait for the crab pot at a local fish market any time. Just tip the worker a couple bucks and you will have access to all the fish heads you would ever want.
8: boom tent/bimini is a necesity.
9: if you don't fall on love with it, go back to the hill, my anchorage is a bit crowded anyhow.
I love all your advice thanks =) I shall be reporting back with adaptions no doubt.

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beyond, if you've got pets aboard and plan to cross borders, I'd strongly suggest you go to noonsite.com and check out the "pet" policies for each country along the route. You may find that in some places, your animals will require a 90-day quarantine or worse.
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beyond, if you've got pets aboard and plan to cross borders, I'd strongly suggest you go to noonsite.com and check out the "pet" policies for each country along the route. You may find that in some places, your animals will require a 90-day quarantine or worse.
Thanks, but I have already investigated this. My animals are based in Guatemala, I am presently in the UK on a work contract till May. As they are chipped and vaccinated they are able to go mostly anywhere in the americas. But I will always be checking up on the matter as I could never have my furry companions quarrentined.

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