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11 Hours Ago 10:19 PM
haiqu
Re: Who''s living on what??

I own a Hartley Tasman 27' bilge keeler anchored on the Brisbane River, a Hartley Queenslander 33'er on a swing mooring in Sydney and a decrepit house on 1/3 acre in Wairoa NZ. I alternate between the three of them, restoring a bit more at each visit. Neither of the yachts has an engine and all three run 100% off solar power.

The yachts can't be sailed as yet but the plan is to eventually take one of them - probably the Tasman - around Australia, then head out for a longer trip once I have more experience. So far my only real sailing was a trip in Dec 2013 from Newcastle to Christchurch via Lord Howe Island and Nelson in a friend's 42' steel yacht. It was an awesome experience.

I'm 62, single and retired.

I bought the Queenslander first, just over three years ago, as a substitute for paying rent in a shared house. I was caught in the trap of paying inflated rent for very little comfort and it seemed like a better idea to live on a yacht. Being a handy guy I've done a lot of work to that one, including a complete rewiring job, adding VHF and SSB radios, antennas, AIS (via Bluetooth), OpenCPN on a laptop for navigation, windex, macerator head, replacing all lighting with LEDs, painting, etc etc. It's fairly liveable although the cabin is in need of a lot of timber work due to earlier neglect and leaks a bit. Major issue is replacement of the engine; I have a new 40hp engine but no way of installing it while at anchor, and the companionway is too small to remove the old one. So, this yacht will have to be slipped and the cabin and engine replaced at one time, which is costly. Long term project.

The Tasman came along a year later, and costs me almost nothing since the mooring is free. It will happily run with a 6hp outboard and I'm looking for one right now. Sails are a mess so I'll be repairing those soon. She also has a small hull leak that needs a haulout, I'll do that when I paint her. Surprisingly this one is far more comfortable, having had a new glass-over-ply cabin fitted a few years ago. Ebay special, price was peanuts compared to the value I've had there.

I love living aboard and plan to keep doing it until I can't manage it any more. The house is my final retirement plan.

Biggest issues right now are a storage room full of "stuff" that I keep paying for, and the cost of keeping a VW Transporter van registered even though I rarely use it. But for trips to the shops and for hauling supplies it's necessary.

Here's a photo of the Tasman:
05-19-2015 08:52 AM
ObsessionSTJ
Re: Who''s living on what??

Good morning,

We have lived on two different sailboats on the hook in St. John, US Virgin Islands. A 40' Hunter and we currently live on a Hunter 37C.

Although it took some adjusting to live on the smaller Hunter there are definite advantages. A smaller sailboat means maintenance is a bit cheaper which is a plus.

We sleep in the v-berth which at first really annoyed me(having to climb into bed), but now I really like it. The plus is we are rarely hot due to the nice breeze that blows through. The downside is making the bed is a real drag and I like having a neat cabin.

The other downside is that working on the engine is at times difficult. We have to haul everything out of the quarter berth (which is our storage area) to access the back part of the engine. (Our 40' had an aft stateroom which made access to the back of the engine easy, peasy. Sometimes storage can be an issue but we've learned to live quite minimally so that we don't have too much clutter. Clean spaces are a must for me.

My husband regularly sails her single handed as well, which makes her a good choice for us.

We have a blog as well that we continue to document our updates and our travels. Mountains and Seashore

Great question and I am curious to read what others have posted.

Camile
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05-19-2015 01:48 AM
AlanF
Re: Who''s living on what??

In response to comments on the "stuff" - - -

Many years ago, I went from a 5-bedroom house to a 27' boat. The only mistake I made was keeping too much in a storage locker - mostly books and the such that I (thought I) couldn't part with. It was a big locker. Eventually I was able to give just about all of it away, and don't miss a bit of it. I can't even remember what it was. I kept a small storage that morphed from boxes of household stuff into a paint locker, with hoses, spares, extra sails, and so on. That, to me, is the hardest stuff to keep on the boat. For my last move, except for a motorcycle, if it didn't fit on the boat it didn't go. So now I have a small locker again, with boat spares, old photos, and off-season clothes that get swapped twice a year. I often have to explain to people that if I buy a pair of jeans, I have to throw a pair away, and that I have twice as much clothes in the Summer, since two shorts take up as much room as one pair of long pants. I think starting small and moving to a slightly larger (32') boat helped, since I had to make a break with "the stuff" in a big way.

So after 25 years of living aboard, and another year in a Japanese apartment that was possibly smaller than the boat, I look at "stuff" as just that much more to maintain. I also find the best way to keep the boat tidy is to take her out regularly. That way I *HAVE* to keep stuff put away!
05-18-2015 02:05 PM
hellsop
Re: Who''s living on what??

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Originally Posted by dave22q View Post
maybe its an age thing. what on earth is a zip car? and what kind of membership is worth $6?
Zipcar is an on-demand short term car rental service with unattended cars scattered around cities that rents by the hour (usually about $10-15 per hour) or day (breaking even typically at about 8 hours of rental). Rentals include fuel and insurance. The (sorry, I misremembered, or they changed the base rate) $7 a month gets you a proximity card and access to the reservation website that tells you what cars are available when and where. Reserving one sends a signal to the car to unlock when your proximity card shows up at it, keys are in the ignition and away you go for however long you've reserved the thing for.
05-18-2015 01:52 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Who''s living on what??

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Originally Posted by Planb835 View Post
We are in the process of moving aboard a Morgan OI 33. I like the advice of adjusting your life style to the size of the boat.

We've sold the house and are in a short term apartment for less than 30 days. The only furniture I own are 2 lawn chairs that are locked to my wife's bike on the porch as theft protection. When we move the bike to the marina the chairs go to goodlwill.

There is a process to getting rid of stuff. 95% of the people we talk with think this is a great idea, 5% just don't get it.

My last day at work is in 5 days. I no longer need my suits, sport coats, shirts and ties. Gave them to someone at work who is my size and needs a better wardrobe. You can see the light go on in people's eyes when they realize I included the hangers with the clothes because I don't have the room for them.

Matt

Only 5% didn't get it? Most people I talk to, find living aboard inconceivable.

I lived aboard my Pearson 30 for almost a year, during my divorce. Loved every minute of it and it's not nearly as roomy as a Morgan OI or Catalina 30.
05-18-2015 01:35 PM
miatapaul
Re: Who''s living on what??

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Originally Posted by dave22q View Post
maybe its an age thing. what on earth is a zip car? and what kind of membership is worth $6?
It is a car sharing program. You pay per day that you use it, and there is the monthly fee. Much cheaper than (at least in theory, i have not done the math) than renting from car rental companies. You have some sort of fob that unlocks the car that is parked in a specific location. You reserve it online, and just show up at the car. No offices or anything like that. They are big in most urban areas, and around college campuses.
05-18-2015 12:49 PM
dave22q
Re: Who''s living on what??

maybe its an age thing. what on earth is a zip car? and what kind of membership is worth $6?
05-18-2015 12:02 PM
travlineasy
Re: Who''s living on what??

In Marathon Key, Florida, $5 gets you anywhere on the island, bridge to bridge, Island Taxi Service.

Gary
05-18-2015 11:17 AM
hellsop
Re: Who''s living on what??

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Originally Posted by dave22q View Post
my car was last to go. I figure occasional rentals and 1-2000/yr taxis just about a wash.
There's ZipCars in many port cities, as another option. Still not in the Keys yet, but maybe someday. And $6 a month to maintain a membership isn't a lot of money.
05-17-2015 09:56 AM
dave22q
Re: Who''s living on what??

I've been on my Morgan 33 OI for about 5 years. I basically emptied my house mostly to Goodwill. things you might need to keep or acquire. apartment size freezer and refrigerator. separate units better when one fails. buy cheap, consider as non-repairable. dump most of your clothes, leather shoes don't like marine environment if you like to grill consider a 20# tank with adapter for your on deck grill 1 burner hotplate (small propane bottle) and microwave in galley. even if you dump almost everything as I did you be amazed ar how fast your storage spaces fill up. my car was last to go. I figure occasional rentals and 1-2000/yr taxis just about a wash.
hope this helps.
dave
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