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i liveaboard and cruise on a 24 foot trimaran...i do drool over the pics of the fifty, sixty, seventy footers but there are so many things i love about the scale i am on....it's nothing to pull up the anchor and go sailing, it's fast, maintanence is minimal, there is more comfortable sitting and lounging space than the 30 foot sparkman and stephens i use to live on, the deck space is huge, there is nothing better than lying in the nets with a good book and a corona, with a 30 inch draft i can slip over sandbars that others have to go around, and i can anchor close enough to wade ashore...the cockpit is big enough for a comfortable double bed and my next project is to add a cockpit enclosure. overall, i love the simplicity of minimal electronics, no inboard with all there inherent problems and maintenance issues, few systems to fix, and the lack of rolling at anchor and flat sailing characteristics make for a very stable home....i hear so many owners of large boats looking forward to when they can go sailing after all the work is done and the upkeep money is made and the systems are fixed...ahhhhh....simplicity...but it's not for everyone...fortunately, i am a very organized person and i love small spaces
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I lived aboard my Challenger 35 ketch from 96 thru 2004, loved the accommodation the boat afforded. I now own my dream boat, a Challenger 32 sloop. Exactly the same
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Not sure what happened there, didn't mean to post unfinished. Anyway, I'm in Marina Del Rey CA and still working on the boat, but it's very comfortable for me. Someone previously said the life is not for everyone, I second that and am glad of it. I don't want or need another boat, and I love the peace that comes with living in the marina. I'm getting older and dreams of Tahiti are fading, but trips to Catalina and a shorter working week are becoming more realistic, so life is good. Legal livaboard status is not easy to get and I consider myself lucky to have it, after being a "sneakaboard" for 2 years. Rent went up, but where else can you live in beautiful surroundings for less than $600 a month?
Good luck to all of you in similar situations, and to those that want to be.
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I'm living aboard a Pan Oceanic 46 Pan Oceanic 46 - Cruising


It's a great boat, and it got me introduced to my GF!
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Kyle & I have happily shared a 25' mono, a 30' mono and now a 33' Catamaran. You absolutely make it work whatever the space you have. In each boat we have spent months of living aboard and month at the dock. If you plan to be away from the dock you need the extra ability to charge batteries (if you have a motor, that will do it, but you might prefer a solar panel or two). Space! I have lived alone in 5bedroom houses and wished I had more space. Small live aboards with a partner will only work if you are both 'up-for' the life. I lived aboard without refrigeration for 5 years - you can make do (and live happily) with very little. Now I have a refrigerator and especially enjoy every ice cube made! Hanging space is overrated - you wear clothes longer before laundry runs, and you migrate your wardrobe (and/or your standards) so you don't need to iron / hang clothes. ACCESSIBLE storage space is always useful. And always bag/tub EVERYTHING that would be damaged it if got wet/damp.

What space is ideal? The one you can afford both to purchase AND to maintain. If you really need convincing – read “Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach by Don Casey and Lew Hackler”

Dock living is not that expensive if you are not also paying for a house of course you pay by the foot, so less is cheaper. Additionally but each area has different property taxes – so the more inexpensive your boat originally (be it small or larger but older) the less you will need to pay.

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Craig & I share a 47' Vagabond and we love it! The space! Looking to embark on our sailing dream in 2009. Fair winds and have a great weekend!
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Living on a Vega

I'm 23 years old and living on a 27 foot Albin Vega on Lake Champlain. It's plenty big for me (I do live alone) and I like the lack of "luxuries". I don't have pressurized water, just foot pumps. I don't have a windlass I just pull up the anchor by hand. I use lights at night to read but just have to run the Westerbeke 13.5 about an hour every few days to keep the batteries charged up. The upgrades I would like are to convert the lights to LED to conserve battery power and I would like a roller furling head sail as I single hand predominately. I plan to take the boat down the Hudson and down the east coast come september-ish. Was worried about it not being big enough but now wonder if I might have been fine on a 25 Cape Dory. Not that I would do anything different if I went back b/c I'm completely content (the understatement of the day) on my little Vega.
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grncaptn. i like your style! we too love the simple life but are trying to escape a complicated city!
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Living on a 42' Cheoy Lee Schooner dubbed "Taxi Dancer" in Lake Union, Seattle.

I love living aboard it's so far been an incredible experience. Plus, being around my boat so often gives me plenty of opportunity to keep up maintenance and alike. Puts into perspective how much work it is to keep a boat pretty :-)

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Westerly 32 ketch rig. Not spacious but comfortable.
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