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12-09-2007 05:28 PM
Melrna I hear you. Why I said I am nervous about the location. I have the same concerns. When I had up insurance and marina fees it is still comes out cheaper than taxes and insurance on a house. Depending on the house the savings can be significant. With my work schedule, I will be gone at least 3-4 days a week. So the liveaboard rule I can get around. I also have family down there as well. I am more concern with hurricanes as such but like everything else there are ways to handle that situation.
12-09-2007 02:27 PM
Originally Posted by Melrna View Post
I too am very anxious. More nerveous about the location than anything else. We will see how it all works out as the months progress.
You know, the things that make me anxious about it are the unknowns than I can't seem to resolve. If I could just go out one day and buy the new boat, get the insurance, and tie it up at my marina of choice with a contract for the year, I'd be fine. But that isn't how it is working. I just got off the phone with the marina I am most interested in and the wait list is rather long. I'm not even talking about liveaboard slips either, I'm just talking about where I want to tie the boat up. She said I might get a slip in March, but then again it might be anywhere from 6 months to a year. Well what the hell am I supposed to do with that kind of information ? LOL. What ... wait to get the slip before I buy the boat, or get the boat and put it in another marina until I can move to that marina, or what ? And what about insurance, all these marinas want various levels of insurance, but they seem to be DIFFERENT levels. It's all that kind of thing that is making it hard, because I could go out and buy the boat today if I wanted to, but what would happen after that depends so much on other people that it seems impossible to figure out, especially when you don't know that much about it to begin with, and when you don't live anywhere near where you want to stay on the boat. Those are some of the things that are causing me to be wary.

I'm in a little bit different situation from you in that I don't need to live aboard all the time in the beginning. All I want to do this year is work and prepare the boat for cruising, so I don't need to be on the boat all of the time. One of the marinas I just talked to said I could stay up to 4 nights a week even without being a "liveaboard". I don't know. I guess I could just find a slip ... somewhere ... and then get the boat, and at the same time put myself on waiting lists to move the boat to where I really want it to be and then just do the best I can to get by.
12-09-2007 02:09 PM
Originally Posted by wind_magic View Post
It's a big step. I don't know about you but I am a little anxious about making the leap.
I too am very anxious. More nerveous about the location than anything else. We will see how it all works out as the months progress.
12-09-2007 01:08 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
His very thick skull is denser than the rest of him, so he tends to float upside down.
You forget all the AFOC ballast at the bottom end ...

Melissa, I'm in a similar situation to you in that I am at that point now where it's time to actually commit to being on board all the time. I don't have any good advice about Florida or anything like that, but I wish you the best of luck in moving forward and getting your boat. It's a big step. I don't know about you but I am a little anxious about making the leap.
12-09-2007 11:10 AM
sailingdog His very thick skull is denser than the rest of him, so he tends to float upside down.
Originally Posted by tenuki View Post
I was just wondering why your pants would be above water in a MOB situation...
12-08-2007 06:01 PM
sailhog Melrna,
Take a look at this. Might be a bit smaller than you're looking at, but I think it's nice.
12-08-2007 05:48 PM
PBzeer If you don't mind a bit of a commute, Harbourtown Marina in Fort Pierce has decent facilities. Overnight hop to St Augustine or Miami, a day's run to Lake Worth.
12-08-2007 05:29 PM
Originally Posted by sailhog View Post
Have you looked at any of the Shannons listed? Pamlicotraveler on this forum has a S-43 that looks really nice. His pictures are in the online album... I really don't know what they'd be like for livingaboard, but I'm curious.
They would be on #1 on my short list but a little more money than I want spent. Love this boat. Maybe I find someone to share this dream with, win the lottery, or get struck by lightning (for which I would make me forget about this nightmare of chasing sunsets). All are possible.

Labatt, I remember you and your wonderful family along with John and the rest of the gang. We had a great time. Have to do another party this spring. There is Passport 41 for sale in Ft Pierce now I will go look at when I go down next month. It doesn't have teak decks.
Melissa Renee'
Hopeless dreamer
12-08-2007 04:03 PM
labatt Melnra - Congrats on being so fortunate as to be able to pursue a dream! I recall speaking to you about it for a short bit at the One and Only First Annual Annapolis Boat Show Show Sailnet Get Together! (we were the ones with the Chinese food). Anyway, I just wanted to mention that I think you'll be hard pressed to find a Passport without teak decks, although you could always pull the decks off and glass them over, but then you might be opening up a pretty significant can of worms with other work. If you find a good source of "not on yachtworld" boats, please let me know! And yes, my boat is "sort of" for sale. In other words, since we're not buying the Hallberg-Rassy 53 that we thought we were going to get, "Pelican" is on the market but I'm not actively pushing to sell her.
12-08-2007 03:51 PM
Giulietta look..enough of my pants..this is Merlna's about her moving to a boat....
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