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You really should start a new thread of your own with your questions about living aboard, since these are not relevant to this thread.

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Hi, I am new to the yachting world and would like to live on a boat. I would like to know if it makes sense for me:

I am not sure if I will get claustrophobic as a result of cramp spaces and in particular, the low ceilings. I think I won't mind the gentle rocking motion and if I know it will get too rockin, I can find short term on shore solution.

I will be mostly living alone with a small dog, my girlfriend living nearby on land. I think a 30 - 40' should be enough for me and my buddy w/ g/f visiting on weekends mostly.

I know about marina fees, which I figured about the same as HOA dues for 2 bed condo in the city. And, streamlining possessions, to be space conscious and efficient. I lack sufficient sailing, nautical knowledge (at this point, but eager to learn more); and maintenance costs, which I am sure to find out; so I figure a power type boat is what I need at this point. Although, would love to just one day just wind power to someplace I feel like at the moment, but not yet: one day.

In my case, it's more of living on vessel in marina, with occasional monthly day outings for now. However, I can't imagine myself living without 3 "land-based" things at this point:

1) consistent cell phone coverage; at least when I am at the marina which is most of the time.

2) TV/Internet: I will need certain cable/sat TV channels, and high speed internet access. I know at least cable not available when not tethered to marina, so is satallite best? if available? or is there a plan C?

3) Some land based conveniences: I like to cook, mostly simple things for myself, 2 - 4 max. Is gas flame cooking applicances possible? some propane thing that works like a bbq machine. Also, heard some issues about hygiene etc; my girl likes to take hot showers: If she can do that, then half the battle is over. And do I need to empty out toilets? how does that work?

I know I would have less questions if I simply compromise to a houseboat; which there are plenty to procure from in my area. But I like the idea of a real boat, a functional machine which serves a dual purpose, along with the obvious water based advantages. I imagine taking my "home" to some south pacific destination one day.

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I recently went through a divorce and slept on my Catalina 25 for a number of nights ( due to the fact that the boat is 7 miles work and school ) and my house is 38 miles away.

The marina had very nice bathhouses and I enjoyed it.
But I was in the Army for 10 years, So I can 'rough' it as long as possible.
I couldn't imagine having a family on a boat, but maybe it is easier when there you have a 40+ boat with ammendities.
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I need a career that allows me to sail for 2-3 weeks at a time.
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I lived on my 30ft. Columbia for about 5 years, and have been living on my cat for over 5 years out of 7 years ownership. I have since changed the cat appearance drastically.......i2f
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20 MPH ain't fast unless, you do it in a 1000sq 3/2 house on 10foot waves
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Your cat looks huge.
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I would love to buy a 'project' boat in the 40ft+ range.
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46X23FT. She is cold molded, and built in Berlin. There are recent pics in my gallery, and interior pics at multihulls4us.com

We have more space, and storage than we can use, but it's great when family joins us.That's a 12ft. dink behind us.......i2f
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and what is the price range for a boat like that? ( if you don't mind me asking ).

I am sure it is over 10x what I make a year.
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Depends....timing can be everything, and I was in the right place at the right time with cash in hand.. .....i2f

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Hmm.

i would love to find a 40+ sailboat that is deemed a project and make it into something special.

I have looked online for auctions, but does anyone know of any place else I can look?
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