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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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