Sailing Seas of Cheese
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Burley, WA
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I live aboard my boat, and I don't live aboard in a marina. I anchor out. I produce my own electricity with a small generator as I need it. I come to the dock by way of a dingy, tie it off, then come into my business that I own and operate. I pay no rent, but pay for the rent of my shop and employ two other people. I do this while bringing my dog onto the boat with me back and forth, having a cot set up in my office when the water is too rough or the weather to foul.
My Cal-30 I bought with the price of a piece of paper, taxes and the legwork (virtually for 25.00 plus another 30.00 for the taxes). I am going to spend money to fix it like I did for my AMI 24-with little from West Marine because they are way overprices, and more from the mom and pop shop I found in Poulsbo that has more variety of equipment from sailboats that were salvaged there.
I will have my friends that I have helped and traded services with help me do some of the two person jobs, look over craigslist for new atomic 4s (refurbished) and ordering tiller parts from Rig Right .com--again because West Marine is a rip off.
I live well, eat well, my dog is healthy and for the most part, my life is pretty good and I love being on my boats. I was in the Navy for 11 years, so being on the water is a joy for me, one that I missed when I got out nine years ago.
I have to agree that it is the cheapest life style and it teaches you to be very creative when bargain hunting. I think that when I refurbished my 24 foot boat, I spent less than 3000 dollars out of pocket--including the price of the boat--and put many hours into the work myself. I don't hire others to work on my boat. I do the work myself. My boat is my house. If there is a plumbing problem, I fix it. If there is a rigging problem, I fix that too. If there is a job that I don't know how to do, I look it up in a book, ask a sailor that has done the job themselves, or I ask that sailor for help and help them to do the job and trade services for a project on their boat.
Owning a boat is a common sense move. If people tell you that owning a boat is like owning a hole in the water that you throw money into, then they are not doing something correctly. That is a misconception about boat ownership. It doesn't have to be a bad, expensive experience. Yes, you have to do maintenance, and yes, the parts cost money, but if you do the work, you save yourself the dollars and gain from the experience of doing the job. My boats are beautiful and get complemented all the time. When I tell them how much they cost me, when asked, they are floored!
I agree that living on a boat is a life changing experience, and having the right attitude is important. If you don't have the right attitude, you should own the boat to begin with.
I have also noticed that there is a big. . . MONUMENTAL difference between powerboat and sailboat owners. Some of those differences are very frustrating, and belong in a different thread from this one--a story for another time and forum, lol--but I have met people on both sides of the fence that would be willing to help sailors and boaters in need with no questions asked.
Living on the water is by far the most rewarding experience for me yet!