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BlkOnyx488 03-11-2013 06:05 PM

Just wanted to say, hey
Hello All,
I posted in the intro form but i figured this is where i will be spending most of my time.

I am here because my DH is going to be retiring from the Military in 7 years, and we have two boys who in 7 years my oldest will be close to graduating high school and hopefully on his way to harvard on a scholarship LOL. My youngest will probably still be in his bedroom playing with beavers and trains, (I can't see him ever growing out of that). So we are hoping to create a scenario where we can survive off my DH's retirement and maybe some part time work. Living in Northern VA after he retires is not my idea of a good time $$$$
Anyway we are seriously considering ditching our home for a Houseboat. At this point we are 100% novice, utter virgins when comes to living on the water.

So we decided we have 7 years to become experts , Or at least not look like total idiots when we finally sail into our retirement neighborhood.

We are interested in vacationing on houseboats in different Marinas and states to shop around and see what works best for us. so if you know of some great places to visit that could also become a potential live-aboard please let us know.

I am sure we are going to stay on the East Coast, I like the idea of being able to sail to the bahamas whenever we feel like it. I would like to be in an area where we don't have to drive to get everywhere. We are extremely active so biking and running trails would be awesome. Internet would be a must we don't watch tv much, (I can't miss The Walking Dead) but we like to know what's happening in the world.

So being a total novice we will need to know everything, I apologize in advance for all the stupid questions I will be asking. I will try to search the archives as much as possible. I am quick study well faster than my Husband so hopefully I will not get on anyone's nerves too much!

TQA 03-11-2013 09:12 PM

Re: Just wanted to say, hey
Err your definition of a houseboat might be different from mine but not many if any make the trip to the Bahamas on their own bottoms.

But there are some lovely trawler type boats that will make the trip in safety.

Anyway living aboard is wonderful I am in my 11th year.

BlkOnyx488 03-11-2013 09:24 PM

Re: Just wanted to say, hey

Originally Posted by TQA (Post 1001415)
Err your definition of a houseboat might be different from mine but not many if any make the trip to the Bahamas on their own bottoms.

But there are some lovely trawler type boats that will make the trip in safety.

Anyway living aboard is wonderful I am in my 11th year.

i did mention i am brand new lol
i will research trawlers thanks

benesailor 03-11-2013 09:45 PM

Re: Just wanted to say, hey
Welcome aboard, hang out at the local marinas to figure out what you like. Do your research. Sounds like a good plan to me.

miatapaul 05-01-2013 10:47 AM

Re: Just wanted to say, hey
There is a bit of a mindset difference between power boats and sailboats. Sometimes like oil and water, though I tend to get along with both camps. Trawlers are kind of like a bridge between them. Most power boats are designed with a planing hull, which means as you give it more power the boat lifts off the water and can go as fast as your wallet will allow. Bigger motors and more gas can be given to the boat to make it go faster. Sailboats and many trawlers are displacement hulls and can only go as fast as the water line dictates. There are exceptions, but not a lot for sailboats big enough to retire on. So with a displacement hull you can add more sail or power but the boat will not really go any faster as it is not designed to plain above the water. Now where are advantages to both, but displacement hulls tend to be more fuel efficient and more comfortable but of course much slower.

For me it is a more spiritual decision, as I just love sailing. For others it is a time decision, where they may enjoy sailing but they don't have a week to get to the next destination and want to do it in a day. And for yet others it is a financial decision as you can cruse for much less on a sailboat, cost are a bit more on a trawler and even more on a planing vessel. Hull speed is =1.34 X square root of the water line in feet. So a boat with a 35 foot water line is about 8 miles an hour. Keep in mind that is a Max speed so you are not going to get anywhere fast. Another point is that power boats are generally have more cabin space per foot, also a consideration.

I would suggest taking ASA courses, they have have stay aboard courses where you practice as you learn and experience living aboard. You get a vacation and learn. Even if you decide to go to the dark side (power boats) most of the info is still valid. Rules of the road/safety/weather/navigation are all the same sail or power. I think it is important even for power boaters to understand how sailboat operate and there limitations. Makes for better on the water dealings.

Best of luck and ask away. As they say the only stupid questions are the ones not asked. Generally it is a friendly bunch here (as long as you stay out of the politics and off topic forums!) and many are experienced with power as well as sail, though few admit it! ;)

jimgo 05-01-2013 12:28 PM

Re: Just wanted to say, hey
Welcome! I used to live in Reston and was happy to move away because of the cost of living (especially housing) there, so I can appreciate your concerns!

I like Paul's suggestion of the ASA course, as that will let you quickly decide whether a sailboat is right for you. I'd also suggest renting a few different types of boats (even just for a few hours) so you get a sense of what they are like. Power boats are great for getting somewhere on a schedule, but they are expensive to operate. Sailboats are great for being more self-reliant, but you have to accept that you're going to average about 5 mph. I disagree with Paul about the cabin issue, a least on smaller boats. Yes, there are some big trawlers with mulitple levels and lots of living space, but when you compare a 25-30' sailboat to a similarly sized, typical 30' power boat, I think you wind up with more cabin space in the sailboat.

As to the "dumb question" issue, trust me, I'll ask MUCH dumber questions than you, so you shouldn't feel bad at all.

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