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03-12-2007 10:13 AM
donrr1 I'll be living aboard a 41' boat in the Chesapeake. I haven't read all of the posts in the thread but I did read Cams on the first page, the Chesapeake is the most affordable, most accomodating liveaboard area I have found on the east coast. The northern part of the bay isn't as accomodating to liveaboards as from the Annapolis area and further south. I found one place in Middle River that would allow it and that's all. My slip fees are 266.00 per month, no liveaboard fee, electricity is metered. The marina has a pool, clubhouse, picnic area, gas and diesel fuel dock, pumpout and mechanics on site. It doesn't get much better than that. A 41' boat in NJ has to cost at least $8k in slip fees a year (my guess would be 10k) when an opening comes available in the next couple of years. Things may have changed there, it's been a few years since I inquired. Anyway, being from NE Pa, southern NY and northern NJ would have been my preference but, again, the Chesapeake is much more affordable and accomodating.

03-10-2007 09:33 PM
flomaster Booty is right. Just do it. If you commit fully, don't bother putting anything in storage. It'll just sit in storage year after year and you'll just incur the storage bill. I finally got rid of all my junk last year. Living aboard sounds romantic, but rest assured, you'll give up alot of little creature comforts. If you're not committed, you'll hate it.
Incidentally, I moved aboard a few years back, and I really don't see why more people don't do it. I live on a 32' Islander. Plenty of space for just me, but I have a son, so it gets cramped at times.
Bottom line is you can't enjoy it if you don't do it.

Good luck.
02-22-2007 11:00 AM
frogman27 My wife and I spent a year looking at boats before chosing. In the 30-35 foot range the best we looked at were O'Days. You could get one for $25k-30K. They have a lot of the features of the newer boats, good solid hulls, and we felt they were built a lot better than the hunter and about the same as the catalinas. We ended up spending a LOT more to get a catamaran, but an O'Day 40 was our second choice and the O'Day 34 and 35 would have been Ok too.
02-20-2007 03:39 PM
kengoodings We're living aboard here in Toronto on a 35 ft Niagara. It's our 4th winter. There are lots of boats that will suit you as a permanent home, but some are more fun and capable sailors as well. Look for an Ontario 32. They're going for less than $50K Canadian in a buyer's market. It's one of the primo cruise/liveaboard choices for couples...and it has a shallow enough draft to move around in canals and the ICW, they have been sucessfully sailed trans-Atlantic to Europe and will transit European canals with ease. My wife is 6'2" so we bought a 27 year old Niagara 35. She has 6'3" to 4" nearly everywhere. Niagara 35s have a bit more weight and draft. Look at the Aloha 32 as well. Same designer and pattern as a Niagara 35 but shorter.
02-17-2007 03:00 PM
Boasun They have raised my rent again and I am also looking for a live aboard boat... A sail boat in about the 40 to 65k range. finding a marina here in central Louisiana is another story. Will need to find one fairly close to Lafayette.
I have working the sea commercially since Noah was a cabinboy and can handle about any type of boat out there. But a ketch or Schooner where the sail plan is broken into smaller sails would be best for me.
Am semi-retired with a small Navy & SS retirement checks coming in and working three weeks a month now as an instructor of 100/200 ton master/mate course for those who want to up grade. My own license is 1600 ton Master / 2nd Mate unlimited Oceans with ARPA Radar, GMDSS and the required STCW for those who work on vessels over 300 net tons. So the experience is there... So am looking at various vessels...closer to turn key than project boats.
Not to sure about FG seeing most of my time have been on steel vessels...
Have Fun and Enjoy
Mark aka boasun
02-14-2007 02:11 PM
sailortjk1 Booty!
Where the heck have you been?
Thought maybe you ran off the the Surf.
Glad your back.
02-14-2007 02:01 PM
Pirate's Booty Hey, just buy the boat and do it! I was in your same situation - sick of renting and roommates, loving the ocean.
I bought my first boat 6 months ago for $30,000 and live on it alone as a lady pirate. The first weekend, I had to learn that you can't flush t.p. down the head - but hey! Live and learn.
If it is your dream, go for it - the rest will come in due time.
02-14-2007 07:39 AM
sailingdog Umm... trash bag in a bucket... and you can figure out the rest...
08-30-2006 02:47 AM
sailingdog That is one advantage of the Cats. All of them have a draft of less than 2.5' with the centerboard up... And they really don't mind if the tide goes out and leaves them sitting on a mud or sand bottom, since they're pretty much able to dry out like that.
08-30-2006 01:49 AM
Sailor77 Howdy Folks any suggestions on a shallow keel live aboard that is reasonably priced. The Mean low water around me is only 3 feet!
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