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sail1dzn is on a distinguished road
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Excellent source of info is Beth Leonard''s book "The Voyager''s Handbook."

I agree with some of the other advice coming back to you - get out on the water some more before you sell your house or your car! Get out in a real blow (2 reefs in the main and a storm jib, can''t see the mast) and get out in some dead air too. Spend a day in the rain, at anchor too. Not reasons NOT to do it - just things that should be as much fun as reaching under chute in the sunshine with a cold beer (its ALL fun for me, and some one of these days I''ll be casting lines off for an extended cruise myself!)

Best of luck - you do it in 18 months and you JUST MIGHT beat me to the punch!

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Check out www.mahina.com They have a section on cruising sailboats with a lot of good info and at the bottom is a list of boats that can do the job. The author started out in a Vega 27 and is now many years later sailing a Halberg Rossi 46. What I do is look at that list and then look at those boats on Yachtworld.com to see how they are laid out, and that way I can narrow down my list of possible boats until hopefully I can find a good boat for me in my price range.
Another good book is "Twenty Small Sailboats That Can Take You Anywhere" by John Vigor. It lists some good and bad features of each of the boats and a little about them by people who own and use them. The boats in this book run from 20 to 32 feet.

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Practical Sailor has a 2 volumne set of books on classic plastic. I found it very useful when I was shopping for a cruising sailboat.
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PS has left out several boats they reviewed in their magazine. Sabre 34 is the one example I know of. That, particularly in the centerboard version, is a great boat for the Bahamas. We have a Sabre 34 fixed keel with 5 1/2 draft and it is great in heavy weather.
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I live-aboard my Sagitta 30. I have read Nigals Cruising guide and enjoyed it. He gives great information but remember, there are other ways to be safe, and have a great lifestyle without all the "optimal" things. I suggest people also read Lynn and Larry Pardeys'' books. "The Self Sufficient Cruiser" is an excellent source to look as a less costly way to have the same amount of fun. You don''t need a 40'' boat, a nav. station with all the latest electronics and gadgets to go cruising. I also suggest reading "The voyager''s Handbook and "Cruisers Handbook" by the Roth''s, and "Cruising on a budget" (can''t remember who wrote it). I admit if I had to follow only Nigal''s advice, I would never be able to afford to go cruising and my dream would be snuffed out like a candle flame! His advice is very good, don''t get me wrong, but it''s optimal for people with butdgets that I can only dream about! I currently cruise and live in Southeast Alaska on the boat. Yes sometimes 30 feet seems small, but I can handle the boat and maintain it by myself (I am 4''11" female). The boat sure seems big when doing the maintenance though! Good luck to all of you and to each person there is the perfect cruising vessel.......might even be a trawler......OK I am pressing it here, but it is the lifestyle, not the method of propulsion!
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There is a lot to cover in your questions! I''ve been on the cruising circuit for about two decades now, have been a first mate three times with three different boats and three different skippers. Cruising can be a unique experience for each person/couple, in that there are so many variables to take into account. I now cruise aboard a Baba 30 with my skipper/husband and parrot, having been on a Contessa 35, Hans Christian 36, and Amphitrite 43. I''ve cruised extensively on both the east and west coasts of North/Central America, and, to tell you the truth, there''s more to talk about than I can fit into this reply! I invite you to visit the web site that I have launched with folks like you in mind! Go to www.takehersailing.com, and feel free to contact me directly with any questions!

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I am replying to -- I believe is was palm palm, living aboard the Sagitta 30 in 2003. Are you still aboard? I have had a Sagitta 30 for the past 8 years, purchased in Ventura, California in 1997, but I have been rebuilding it in Bellingham,WA. Next year we will sail it north to its new berth in Seward, Alaska. We live in Anchorage. I only sailed it a couple of hours before we bought it and trucked it north. Would love to hear your advice on sailing it.
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I meant to reply to polar palm tree, the Sagitta 30 live-aboard. I could not scroll down when composing my reply, after "joining up" with SailNet. Sorry! Sagitta 30 owner in Anchorage.
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Winters in the Poconos may have had something to do with my endless, but not actualized, desire to become a live-aboard. Some books that I''ve ordered from Amazon, total cost under $60, may be helpful to others in the same boat. No pun intended. Reviews will follow readings. ALL IN THE SAME BOAT: LIVING ABOARD AND CRUISING - Tom Neale; THE ESSENTIALS OF LIVING ABOARD A BOAT - Mark Nicholas; ESCAPE FROM THE SAME DAY ISLE - Linda Ridihalgh; and LIVING ABOARD - Gordon Groene. I hope you find this info useful. I may never escape from the mountains, but I''ll be happier knowing so many others that have.

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Lets not get too philosophical. When we dicided to move aboard about 5 years ago, we just put everything in storage, gave up the apt and "WENT ON THE BOAT". No special preparation that wouldnt ordinarily have been done for moving into another apt. Its just another place to live, but a lot smaller. If it doesnt fit on the boat, it doesnt come aboard. We did not add any shelves or make any changes that would make the living area look or feel smaller. We neither grew nor shrank, so the bunks still fit us. We neither gained or lost weight so our eating habits didnt change much. We didnt quit our jobs so our income remained the same although our ''outgo'' was much less.
We didnt change religions. What else didnt we do? Oh yes, we didnt have any great philosophy about the change, we just did it as a matter of whatever. If you have to think about it, have doubts, or need some really profound reason for doing it, then it aint for you. Its not for everyone. Do we still go day sailing....YES. Do we still go on short 2 or 3 day trips...YES. Have our lives been substantially changed by it....NOOOOOOOOOO.
So, what else would you like to know? Oh yea, forgot one thing...our first living aboard experience was on a Catalina 25 for about 2 years then we went to a Catalina 30. Feels like the Waldorf in comparison.
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