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Thanks Sailingdog!

I wanted to make sure I was following correctly.
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hey bljones. great post. good to know others have known the "fortunes" that I have known as well. mine didn't involve a boat at the time but a camper. everything else was the same.
funny now days i have new cars, a house, toys, a boat etc and yet I still find myself longing for the days when a meal was questionable and the work was hard but honest if it came along. a man came to me once and asked if I REALLY wanted a job. I said yes, and so began my comeback thanks to a foreman on a pipeline. he wasn't kidding when he said you better want to work but I can't say I didn't enjoy it.
I'm glad to have regained financial stability but I sure wish I could keep the "no worries" attitude with it.
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I can't comment from personal experience, as I have never lived aboard. But the people I have met who are live aboards do fit into your category. Most that I've met fall into the #2 spot.
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Thanks for sharing the things that make us stop every so often and think about life and all the different things it means to each one.
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I can't comment from personal experience, as I have never lived aboard. But the people I have met who are live aboards do fit into your category. Most that I've met fall into the #2 spot.
I can comment from personal experience, as I have always lived aboard. If we must use these categories, almost all I've met fall into the #1 spot.
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You guys are making way too much out of the categories. Don't overthink it.
It simply represents that there are two different attitudes involved, and two different paradigms. Here's another example: people live in a small HOUSE for one of two reasons: they can afford to (in other words, they simply want to, and are comfortable with their choice) or they can't afford anything else (bigger homes are out of their range, or they are in financial straits and their house is their last asset and they can't afford to lose it, or their house is an inheritance, an asset they couldn't afford to have purchased.) The REASON why someone lives aboard has a big impact on HOW they live aboard.
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You guys are making way too much out of the categories. Don't overthink it................
I'm not "making too much out of the categories". As I've posted throughout this thread, I think very little of these categories. Your number one is rare compared to your number two. Of the thousands of liveaboards I've known since buying my first liveaboard boat in 1971, I can only think of five that could fit as number one. Most of those I known with little money and on very small vessels are still making a choice that is not their only choice due to dire economic conditions, but it's still their pleasure.
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I just don't see anything unique to the human condition with tying wealth to living aboard. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
I'm never suprised that those whom have never actually had to live without money , are more often than not, the first to indicate it's lack of importance.

Or as someone once said "Money can't buy happiness, But it does give you a better bargaining position."

As an "extended cruiser" I have winessed both scenarios ,as well as many more "variations" in between. The decision for us was both an economic as well as a fulfilment issue. Life ashore just wasn't answering both calls. At least not at that time and latitude !
Oddly ,we're moving ashore in the next few days for essentially many of the same reasons we moved aboard ! The only major change was the latitude and the proximity of the extended family.


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I have chased the American Dream for the past 17 years. Finally I felt I had arrived. Big house,beach house,Range Rover,Harley's,Mercedes, etc.Then a $7000 experiment in the form of a Watkins 27 and a visit with Mary (a liveaboard at our marina)changed my insanity. I realized that I was out of breath. Sure I had a stuffstyle but no lifestyle. A consuming fire was lit and I stopped running. That was two years ago. Now I am dwindling away stuff,dettached from material possessions,selling homes,and living aboard part-time at the moment. I have never felt more free! Living aboard is setting yourself free from what everyone else thinks what success looks like. People are broke on all levels and what looks like a fortune most likely is bondage.
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I'm never suprised that those whom have never actually had to live without money , are more often than not, the first to indicate it's lack of importance.....................
It would be a mistake to interpret my responses as meaning that I have been priviledged. Like you, our living aboard has been a fullfillment as well as an economic advantage and this, by the criteria presented, would make you and I #2's. Very few are selecting the liveaboard choice as a option opposed to living in a cardboard box under the overpass. Maybe others would be in agreement, but they are defining "living without money" as some have, which implies you actually do have some money. When I moved aboard I had an income of $6,000 per year. Some may call this "without money", but I considered it adequate and I indicated it as very important! My glass has always been full, Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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