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09-04-2012 08:08 AM
Re: Living Aboard!

You know everyone has there own story to tell and advice to give and much can be learned, but you need to digest it all and go your own way. That being said I can tell you my experiences after more than 20 years of living aboard. I bought my first sailboat when in my early 30's having never sailed before. I did not have the intent to live aboard, but rather to explore the Cheaspeake. Prior to moving to the bay area I always loved the water and owned a large row boat with a 25 hp outboard to explore inland lakes where I lived. Sailing seemed to me like a better way to explore. ...and it was in all ways. Not only did I like exploration I enjoyed backpacking and it became a luxury to "camp out" in the boat at remote anchorages. As time went on the liveaboard bug bite me and I sold that boat and bought a larger sailboat which my wife at the time and I could live aboard. A few comments about living aboard. Choose a good marina where transients from all over the world stay. That in itself is priceless. Have your boat setup where you can go out for a day sail without having to put much stuff away. I lived for a number of years without refrigeration, however the ice box that I had was well insulated and a 20 lb of block ice would last over a week even in the heat of the Cheaspeake summer. Plus it was convient getting that ice. I also had a seperate shower aboard and never did have problems with condensation with the exception of very cold days when the temperature dipped into the teens. Thankfully those days were few and far between.

I've learned that it's not so much about the destination but rather the journey that's important. Good luck in your journey.
09-04-2012 08:05 AM
Re: Living Aboard!

Hank -

Here's one:

The Boonedocks Marina

small, low key, near Oriental, allows liveaboards
09-04-2012 03:19 AM
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Where are you located and how much money do you have? I know some great boats out there for less than 10k. Living aboard takes a certain kind of person but if you are that kind of person you will love it. Get out there and search for boats there are a few that the owners will finance because they need to get rid of them. Do it while you can because you won't when you can't. Don't buy the largest you can afford, instead buy the smallest you can live with.
best of luck in you search.
09-03-2012 02:00 PM
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Guys ... First post here, hope all is well... After reading a couple
Of posts especially this one, i now know 100% that i donot regret my decision of buying my first boat, an 1973 cal 27 t2..... Been fixin it up to go on my first sail and have learned a ton from the experience... I am 27 years old and beginning, with some experience but never as an owner.... U guys. Thanks you for the assurance and the good posts
Hope to continue contributing... So ill say as
Others have said. Do it now before it is too late... You will gain te experience little by little...
09-03-2012 06:43 AM
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I need some recommendations please for marinas which allow liveaboards in North Carolina. At the end of this month 3 of us will be sailing a 35' Chris Craft from Massachusettes to North Carolina where I hope/plan to live aboard this yacht having just bought it. Looking for a low key marina, reasonably priced, nothing fancy or snooty. Thanks in advance. Hank
09-02-2012 07:58 PM
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I've heard it said that "I wish we would have started cruising forty years ago!" We sailed away in our twenties forty years ago and, yes,- it was a good choice!
09-02-2012 04:44 PM
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Well said, Joethecobler. I have dreamed about it got the job, the wife, the mortage......regretted it. Finally said "What the hell, the time will never be right, so I took the plunge about 8 months ago....i really really wish I would]ve went when I was 20 not 55. Well Said!!
09-02-2012 02:40 PM
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Just do it. There is an old Italian proverb that roughly translates "the cousin of tomorrow is never". Don't wait till tomorrow when you are anchored down with students loans and minor children. Download "Sailing the Farm" and read it. Search or it here, it's in PDF format.
09-01-2012 10:53 AM
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I totally are young...just DO husband's dream started when he was younger than you...he kept putting it on the back he is 53 and he says he wishes he would have just done it...we just moved into our is 26 feet...our son lives with us...he is 22 We have our dog and our pet has been 8 weeks now...I cannot say the adjustment for me was simple but I can say that I did it and that I am no JUST FINE The ocean is beautiful...the sea creatures are awesome...the sunset is is sooooooooooo will love it.
04-02-2012 01:59 PM
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Just make it happen. My wife and I are in our late twenties and we wish we had done this earlier. We both quit our jobs in Atlanta two months ago, moved to St. Pete Florida, bought a boat (26 foot pearson) and moved on with our dog and cat. If the two of us can live on a 26 foot boat with a dog and cat, your 20 year old self could do it no problem.

We had ZERO sailing experience when we purchased the boat. ZERO! We take it out every chance we get and are loving the experience. If you go for it, good or bad, you will have memories that you never forget and you wont regret it. If you let the opportunity pass it will just be another "I remember when I almost.."

If I have any advice to give its buy the boat and live on it for a while at a marina with easy access to sailing opportunities. It will give you a chance to understand the boat before throwing yourself out to the mercy of mother nature. We chose downtown St. Pete and we are having an incredible time. Had we chose to live in some po dunk marina in a $hithole town the wife and I would have not be enjoying it as much.

Create a blog for family and friends to keep track and for your memories when you get old and forget. We have a blog for family and friends to follow and they really enjoy keeping up, If you are interested in reading about our journey its at

Good Luck to you!
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