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...... and allow be to buy something newer, bigger, better in 12-18 months time.
Perhaps the most important filter for you is to buy something that is highly marketable then. Popular models, no big issues, no funny colors.
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Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

I've been dealing with the same 28 foot sailboat since I was 8 years old ( it was grandpa's) I took over ownership at 18. I've been broke, I've been cash rich and all the other states of being one goes through from 18 to 41. It's sunk on me twice and I even sold it once. I've re-rigged it 4 times and been through countless sails. I still live paycheck to paycheck, and I've found that you can do one thing at a time. One wire a week on the re-rig, one hallyard or line with each pay check. If it's something you need a lot of all at once you can find salvaged,used or bulk, but you can alway's find a way. keep your needs simple and wants even more so.
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Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

Thanks Aaron, what boat do you have? how have you found such a small boat for live-aboard space?

There is only me and that cat to account for, but I must admit when I first started looking into the idea of a yacht as a live-aboard I was looking at something closer to 40ft.

The last boat I had was 27ft, a soling, so I am confident of being able to sail a 28ft'er with very little of a learning curve when compared against learning to sail a 40ft'er.
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Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

And westerly's are great boats, you won't need a boat yard to work on the hull. Read Voyage for Mad Men for some of the weekness they have on long ocean voyages.
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I lived on my soverel 28 with my grandfather, grandmother, and a dog!. I've had a multitude of live in Girlfriends, cat's, a bird once. I've cruised all over the Caribbean, Bahamas, Key's. I chartered it in Isla Mujeres mexico with as many as 4 Lonely Planet backpacker's at a time for day's. It's a great live aboard, but it's what I'm used to. It's easy to handle and parts, line, dockage, clearing in to the Bahama's, everything is a fraction of the cost of a 40 footer. I often dream of a bigger boat, but this it what I have so it's what I use.
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Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

Soverel 28 is what i spent my first years sailing on (ages 8-12!) and I now have a Westerly 28 which is my first boat that I've owned/captained/taken care of. It's worth the compromises to have a smaller boat, I think, since it's cheaper, easier to handle, etc. I know several people who are doing liveaboard at that size, and you make do by keeping your needs simple, as Capt aaron says. although i am interested to know if he had a multitude of live-in girlfriends on his 28 footer- all at once?!
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as Capt aaron says. although i am interested to know if he had a multitude of live-in girlfriends on his 28 footer- all at once?!
ha ha ha ha!

I had assumed that they were one at a time.

But I have to admit I have wondered about how a 'couple' would __________ (fill in the blank) on such a a small yacht.
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Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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I'm in the UK so I don't know how different the markets are, there seem to be quite a few boats for sale at the sub £5k mark ($7,789) but this one (westerly 28) seems to be the best value for money I have found so far...



I haven't been to view it yet, but on the strength of the advert and images it 'appears' to be in sailable condition and I could live-aboard straight away.

It's up at an asking price of £3500 which according to bloomberg is currently $5,452.30

At 1968 build its 10 years older than me! but looks to be in good shape.
Fingers crossed it will still be there in a few weeks time!

Thanks everybody for the feedback, I was just curious if I was likely to be buying a boat load of trouble buying so cheap and indeed if anybody else has gone this route.
David, I checked out the listing on Yachtworld. She looks to be in nice shape considering her age. The one creature comfort that I would not want to be without in a live-aboard situation is refrigeration. From the pics and full specs, I could not determine if this boat even has a built in icebox. Perhaps I overlooked it? When you go to look at the boat, you may want check to see where you can install a refrigerator unit if you wanted one. Good luck mate!
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Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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David, I checked out the listing on Yachtworld. She looks to be in nice shape considering her age. The one creature comfort that I would not want to be without in a live-aboard situation is refrigeration. From the pics and full specs, I could not determine if this boat even has a built in icebox. Perhaps I overlooked it? When you go to look at the boat, you may want check to see where you can install a refrigerator unit if you wanted one. Good luck mate!
Thank you for the encouragement, that boat is the top of my shortlist.
I have been getting some very good advice from wingNwing regarding refrigeration in another thread.

I don't think that boat does have refrigeration, but I think I can get with a little 12v coolbox in the beginning and see how I get on.

On another subject, I have to admit a little confusion...
I was under the impression that the term 'head' meant bathroom.
But have been led to believe today that it may also just mean toilet.

If the later is correct, is the little boat pictured above is unlikely to have shower facilities at all?
Do all little yachts do without? or do they have a kind of wetroom shower?
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Soverel 28 is what i spent my first years sailing on (ages 8-12!) and I now have a Westerly 28 which is my first boat that I've owned/captained/taken care of. It's worth the compromises to have a smaller boat, I think, since it's cheaper, easier to handle, etc. I know several people who are doing liveaboard at that size, and you make do by keeping your needs simple, as Capt aaron says. although i am interested to know if he had a multitude of live-in girlfriends on his 28 footer- all at once?!
When I was 23 and anchored off South Beach I had a multitude of girl friends visit at once!! Those were the day's!
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