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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.
Originally Posted by cosmo1207
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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