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I'm going to be living aboard a small 28' trimaran shortly. I think it will take some getting used to, but I think i will be able to make the transition to living aboard fairly well. I don't only plan to live aboard, but to sail extensively as well... I don't see a sailboat as a floating condominium, like many others do.. and this boat was bought for its seaworthiness and sailing ability.
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This isn't something that you're going to be able to determine without actually getting out there and setting foot in boats of different sizes. Based on recommendations, I figured that about 30' would be enough for me. When I actually started looking at hulls, I realized that anything less than 32' or 33' would feel like living in a closet. Yes, I know that's only a 2' or 3' difference in length, but it's a 20' or 30' square foot difference in living area.
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My wife and I will soon be living aboard a 27’ boat, year round, on Lake Ontario.

Q: Why a 27’ boat?
A: Because it’s what we have now.

Q: Do we want a bigger boat with more toys and gadgets and room and conveniences?
A: Sure we do. Doesn’t every boater want a bigger boat? But everyone is different and there’s one thing we do know: we can read and talk all we want, but we’re not really going to know for sure what it is that we can’t live without until we’re living without it.

We’ll make due for at least a year on what we have. As every cruiser knows, learning how to make due is a lot of the story, anyway. So my advice is, don’t spend too much money at first because no matter what you end up with, you’ll want something else soon enough. Anyway, that’s our strategy (aka, rationalization).

Oh, and the answer is “yes” to your original question of, “Thought about living aboard a small boat?”
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As the boats get longer, you do get much more space, but all of your costs go up as well. Maintenance, dock/marina/mooring fees, haul outs, cost of equipment, all go up as the size of the boat goes up.

Larger boats are often far more dependent on hydraulic/electrical power. They are also harder to handle short-handed. The draft on most larger boats is often greater than that of smaller boats, which can limit where you can go as well.

On the pro side for larger boats... they're a bit safer... and have much more living area.
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Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

I know this is a very old thread, but as a new member I read a LOT of old threads and still find myself learning a lot.


My wife and I chose a Chrysler 26 (of all brands! LOL!) we intend to trailer her from Oregon to the ICW... Perfect for our intentions, coastal cruising. It has 6' headroom and TONS of space. We tested out "living aboard" for a month without stepping off and could not be happier! Only cost $5,000 WITH the trailer!

Good luck to all who are looking for a "small" live aboard!
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Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

Chrysler 26 is not a bad boat. Designed by Halsey Herreshoff and decently made by Chrysler Marine. If you plan to take it on a trailer across the Rockies, make sure the trailer and your truck are both superbly road worthy and you take it slow. You will be pulling well over 5000 pounds up and down seriously steep roads. If I were you, I would take it to Great Lakes and then sailed it east, on the Great Loop route.
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Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

Thanks for the towing tips.

Our plan is to swap our chevy for a dodge 2500 with a 5.8 cummins (we're not speed demons and stick to the 55mph limit). Towing capacity is way over our #7,000 "package" (Boat and trailer). We rented one to bring Dayenu home when we bought her, traveling over the Siskiu range (LOTS of steep passes/grades), and I had to keep looking back to see if we still had the boat in tow... Absolutely wonderful!

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Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

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Thanks for the towing tips.

Our plan is to swap our chevy for a dodge 2500 with a 5.8 cummins (we're not speed demons and stick to the 55mph limit). Towing capacity is way over our #7,000 "package" (Boat and trailer). We rented one to bring Dayenu home when we bought her, traveling over the Siskiu range (LOTS of steep passes/grades), and I had to keep looking back to see if we still had the boat in tow... Absolutely wonderful!

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I had a Dodge 2500 when I bought a Chrysler 22. It towed it like there was nothing behind the boat. The C26 is a bigger boat but should be fine.

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Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

Have a look for articles etc by Dave & Jaja Martin. They sailed around the Pacific for years in a Cal 25, and didn't upgrade to their big boat (a steel 32' they called named Driver) until they were due their 3rd child. Last I read anything by them they were doing high latitude sailing just north of Sweden.
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