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Old 06-05-2013
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Re: Who''s living on what??

When I finish painting the decks and cockpit, hopefully within another week or two, depending on the weather, I'll be adding screening panels to my enclosure. The enclosure I had constructed made it possible to sail home comfortably in some of the coldest spring weather on record. At times it was just 45 degrees outside, while inside the cockpit enclosure it was 75. There were times when I had to take a panel off to cool down the cockpit, which I found incredible. The screening panels will be duplicates of the clear vinyl panels, but made from lightweight nylon screening used for tent enclosures. It will attach to the bimini using Velcro and snaps, exactly the same as the clear vinyl panels did. Just another fun project.

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Re: Who''s living on what??

I've been living on an Albin Vega for going on 4 years now. I agree with some of the other posters here, that bigger isn't necessarily better and that if you're going to live on a boat at all it will be easier to adjust your lifestyle (possessions) than to own a boat big enough to hold everything you want. I can't stand up straight inside my boat, but that is only occasionally annoying.
For paring down your possessions, you'll find that a lot of us liveaboards go through the same process. First, you put ALL of your stuff from your landlubber life into either a storage unit or a relative's basement. Second, each time you go there to get rid of stuff, you'll pick up an item and tell yourself, "No, not yet." Then, the next time you go there, you'll pick up the same item and tell yourself, "I'm never going to use this again, and anyways, by the time I ever would, it will be cheaper to buy a new one than pay storage for a couple of years." I've done it with decent quality oak kitchen dinettes, stereo, etc. It's not an overnight process because you are changing the way you live. It helps, though, to anticipate the eventuality of it.
The good general rule of thumb is to get the smallest boat that's big enough for your purposes.
Oh, and I do live in a marina, so in the winter I plug in to the dock for my oil-filled radiator heater.
Just remember, the more you want your boat to be like a house, the more you have to pay and continue to pay (slip fees, more heat / AC, etc.).
Good luck!
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Re: Who''s living on what??

1972 Catalina c27. I primarily love it bc I've been modd'ing it to meet my personal tastes/needs. And, since it is small, the modd'ing is a piece of cake. What would I do differently? Sometimes I think I want a bigger boat, but then, reality sets in. For example maintenance cost. For example, costs to repair an engine. I've got an outboard. So, if/when that goes, I'll toss it and buy another for a fraction of the cost of an inboard. Also, hardware, rigging, sails, and even boat bottom cleaning & haul outs all increase. Though, not slip fees, so much bc I'm already in a 32 ft slip. Regardless, I end up disabusing myself of the bigger boat idea, and end up thinking up different ways to mod the one I'm on.
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Hello,

I am preparing a hatteras 37 as livaboard.

The spaces are super.Made everythinng movable by one person.

Very nice community.

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You Liveaboard has given me so much inspiration !! I am in the process of getting divorced and selling the house. With my half I am planning to buy a sailboat somewhere between a 36- 41 footer. I want to simplified my life and enjoy the weekends. I appreciate all the info. It is a great bank of knowledge and experience.

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Just bought a 22' Catalina with trailer. I am a little leary as to how much room my GF and I will have (we do plan on living aboard 75% of the time) BUT I am 53 yrs.old with an injured left wrist so I feel comfortable that i will be able to set-up and sail a boat this size for many years to come. I realize that we will have to do without many 'things' in order to make room. We have talked about catching a hotel at select ports on occasion just to get a bit more free movement so I am not too worried about getting 'cramped' for very long. Plus, the fact that our boat, "Elskede", is trailer-able so we can always change different locations across America. Wish us luck. Happy Sailling

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I have lived aboard a Catalina 27 on a mooring ball, a Columbia 29 in a Marina and now on my O'Day 32 (all sailboats ), the last 2 alone. Love the life, the community and may never go back to land.: -)
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Re: Who''s living on what??

Hey All, I gladly live on a Randøyskjøte 29 gaffrig cutter. There will never be another way for sure. 6 months out of the year, I`m on a bouy and the other 6 are at a dock for the winter for access to electicity. It`s norwegian and very similiar to the Pardey`s Lyle Hess designed boat. I also agree with others here about simplification. You adapt real quick with what you have either it be a little or a lot, so keep it simplified. Keep your basic needs in focus and the rest is just taking up space.
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I currently live on a 27 Tartan in the summer in woods hole Cape Cod Ma. Sailing to the keys in 3 week.
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