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04-17-2017 11:19 AM
midwesterner It appears that the original poster of this it's red and has not been back on in a few years. I wonder how things turned out for him.
04-17-2017 10:40 AM
Gail Peterson
Re: Buying a boat living aboard cont.

Originally Posted by mkrautha View Post
Actually, the baby is already here, and will be a year by the time we move aboard. Truthfully, I think because we are young and not terribly cemented into our current lives, the switch to liveaboard won't be too difficult. We already keep a pretty small footprint as is. We don't expect to be cruising next year by any means, we just see it as an opportunity to live lightly and improve our sailing abilities over the next year. I think the hardest part will be the moving across the country.
Fleeting idea however, it is not, we've been mulling it over for some time but it is really hard to get a toe hold with some much information to gather.

I also want to add to my list of prospective boats:
Cheoy Lee frisco flyer or Cadet...
I agree that you're putting too much on your plate. Medical school and the following residency is no easy task and many, under the best of circumstances, do not make it to the end. Even though you're accustomed to making a small footprint, living in small quarters (even a 45 footer is small with a family full time) will provide you with little to no space to study in peace and quiet.

I'd suggest purchasing a smaller boat that you and your family can spend weekends on and learn to sail with the responsibility of maintaining your family's safety in mind. That's a whole different type of sailing than what you did with the Rhodes. Then, when you finish your training, think about moving aboard. You will then have a much better perspective of what your family needs and desires in a full-time cruiser/live aboard.

All the best!
01-13-2017 12:17 PM
Re: First boat, living aboard and learning to sail

This boat has sold, but I have some others if interested
10-15-2009 02:47 AM
QuickMick if you see one, check out the balboas... 26', trailerable w/ammenities in the cabin....
02-05-2007 04:23 PM
The seach continues even though I said it wouldn't

Yeah pearsons are a good though. I think I would consider the Triton however. I've been in negotiations with a guy for an offshore cadet, though I have to be honest, something seems a little fishy about the whole thing, and he's in BC so I'd have to trailer the boat down (it comes with a trailer but the cost to haul it is about another $1500). On the otherhand there are a few nice looking tritons for sale in the Bay Area and I think they meet my criteria. Certainly they fall within my price range, standing headroom, not quite 30' but fairly close. And, while the trailer with the cheoy lee is an added bonus, it also means I'll have to either sell it or store it once I'm in the bay area, which is of course an added expense...
I'd like to get peoples thoughts...
02-04-2007 08:30 PM
tha3rdman Not to throw a monkey wench (yes wench) into your equation, But the Pearson ariel is a solid vessel. Big enough to live uncomfortablly in and can be had for a song. There is also a Irwin 37 here in MD the my wife and I looked into, not really our cup of tea but the PO put alot of work into before he fell ill, though that leaves you with transport issues. I would look ingo the Ariel though great little (26 feet) boats. And the support group is great as well.
01-23-2007 05:07 PM
camaraderie That's a better plan MK...keep us posted on progress and focus on the MCAT's for a while...all the water is solid up there anyway!
01-23-2007 04:41 PM
mkrautha So here is what we've decided. Trying to buy a boat from vermont in SF, or anywhere else and then transporting to SF is maybe a waste of money and energy, so we are going to move to San Francisco first, and start our search when we get there. Thanks for all of the good insight, thoughts, suggestions etc. Cross your fingers that a solid Alberg 30 will be waiting under the Golden Gate Bridge when we get there
01-21-2007 12:24 PM
JagsBch I am looking at the Florida Trader and in Key Largo there's this
1982 Catalina 30' 4'2" draft Roller Furling 5,500 or OBO
Needs engine.
305 451 4700 Paul.
01-21-2007 11:26 AM
cardiacpaul "No bigger than 30ish feet with providing living (albeit tight) accomodations for two.The simpler the better. budget max 15k."

I found 16 listings for cat30's that list for under 20k, in CA, OR, WA..
I'm pretty sure a firm offer of 15 would sail any of 'em home.
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