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TycheNyx 04-08-2004 10:04 PM

Pre-requisites for Living/cruising aboard?
Hello all, I am currently active duty in the Navy in Pearl Harbor. I will be heading back to Seattle soon and I am trying to gather all the information I need to get started on my dream of living aboard MY boat.
What qualifications must I aquire? I have been trained in ship handling, and the like for Naval Ships (missile cruisers) but I gather that they will differ greatly for a private vessel.
Is there a certain liscence I must get certified for? I am used to living ultra light and in cramped shipboard conditions, so I need lees help in the area of getting used to it, than actually figureing out where to begin the transition.
Thanks for any and all help.

WHOOSH 04-09-2004 09:14 AM

Pre-requisites for Living/cruising aboard?

You didn''t mention your rate/rank but, if you can get a bit of time to stop by the USS CROMMELIN on a workday, you might ask for the LT or j.g. in the Wardroom who lives over in Kanehoe Bay and keeps his sailboat at the K Bay Yacht Club (it''s really just a marina). You''d have in common the familiarity with what big-ship sailors do and he''d be able to give you some starting pointers on how that''s different from what small-ship sailors need to know.

Just a thought; don''t know if it will work for you...but the CROMMELIN is right next door.


TycheNyx 04-09-2004 06:14 PM

Pre-requisites for Living/cruising aboard?
Do you, by chance, know what division he is in charge of? I hate to just ask the OOD to leave a message for someone in the wardroom to help me find the LT, but I may end up having to do just that. Thank you.

WHOOSH 04-09-2004 09:14 PM

Pre-requisites for Living/cruising aboard?

I checked (my son flys -60''s off her) and the fellow I knew has now moved on; he was last Navigator and may in fact still be stationed there but was not aboard on her last two week-long movements. You could ask the OOD if they know where he''s hanging these days...
Sorry for the bum steer.

There was a nicely illustrated book published some years ago by Katy Burke, illustrated by Bruce Bingham, that was titled something close to The Liveaboard Boat or Book. Many fancy systems have been invented in the meantime but the question you''re asking is one that''s fairly technology or trend-independent. I''d encourage you to shop (Amazon etc.) for a copy of that book (it should be dirt cheap) as it''s very nicely done, comprehensive, and the illustrations are excellent.

BTW in the NW, a chronic issue you''ll face is condensation from a warm interior and a cold/wet environment. (We just finished wintering in London; we speak with mouldy authority.<g>) There are ways to minimize this problem and talking with lots of liveaboard sailors up there before settling in on the type of boat, layout, etc. might prove very helpful. Good luck to you!


WHOOSH 04-10-2004 02:18 AM

Pre-requisites for Living/cruising aboard?
T, the full title is The Complete Liveaboard Book. Amazon shows used copies available for $10 +


TycheNyx 04-10-2004 10:17 PM

Pre-requisites for Living/cruising aboard?
Thanks for the title, I will be buying picking that up for sure. Is running a de-humidifier while in port a good way to go? or is there something that would be more effective to dry the interior? Silica gell packs maybe, I know that with good silica you can dry them in the oven to re-use them again. Certainly condensation will be a pain that I have to live with, but hey, I will be on my boat! 8^)

WHOOSH 04-11-2004 01:04 AM

Pre-requisites for Living/cruising aboard?

You''re welcome. And I would consider a dehumidifer to be essential liveaboard equipment for your plans. (Bruce & Katy usually lived in warm climates, so I don''t think you''ll find that mentioned in their book). When we were about to winter in cold/dark/wet London - it wasn''t really that bad - we picked up a small unit that has a plastic case, can be set up to drain directly into a sink (e.g. if leaving the boat for a while) or has it''s own internal tank with an auto-shutoff in case you don''t empty the tank in time. This would cost the equivalent of $110 U.S. or so in the States. It was very helpful, altho'' using a product called Hypervent under your berth cushions or to line your lockers exposed to the exterior hull is also a good idea. Anywhere there is warm air adjacent to solid laminate, on the other side of which is the outside air temp, is where you''ll likely find condensation to be an issue for you.

Good luck on your next adventure!


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