SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Live aboard a Helms 25? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
07-08-2011 07:38 AM
Ajax_MD This thread is 10 years old.
07-08-2011 12:12 AM
Not gona happen

I have a 76 Helms 25 and theres no way I could live on it. I love the boat but its a day sailer. Its just not set up for living.
12-30-2008 07:25 PM
mirhon I Lived On My 25 Foot Sailboat For 2 1/2 Years. No Problem. Now That I Am Getting Married My Future Wife Wants To Live On Board A Boat Now. Lucky For Me. So We Are Now Looking Into 36 To 40 Footers Now. Again, Lucky Me. But She Said She Needs The Space. Again Lucky Me. Now All We Have To Do Is Wait For Her Transfer To Kauai Over In The Islands To Go Through, Which Is Should, In About Two Weeks And We're Set To Go. Good Luck "sailincowboy". Just Do It.
03-12-2008 03:06 PM
zaliasvejas Howdy,

I live on Nordica 30, by myself, and enjoy every minute of it. The trick is not to make it just like a "house". It is a boat! There are certain limitations and you have to live with them, together with the advantages. I would like to keep it as simple as possible, less things to break and maintain. Less expensive, too.
Life on a boat is a lifestyle, a choice, a limitation... and freedom.
It is what you make of it..

The seeker.
03-11-2008 10:19 AM
kwaltersmi I've got a Helms 25 that I'm restoring. In my eyes, they make for a good daysailing boat because of the relatively large cockpit. You could seat six for a leisurely cruise. The cabin is also generous for a 25 footer, though headroom is tight. My particluar boat has the halyards led back to the cockpit, which is nice if you're going solo.

There's a Yahoo and Sailnet Helms group, but neither is all that active. However, if you post a question there, you'll get some very helpful responses from some very knowledgeable owners.
03-11-2008 08:39 AM
Helms 25

I am looking at a Helms 25 for day sailing...........How well do they sail? I had larger sail boats for years but decided to downsize.

Also, concerning larger boats.........I owned a Endeavour 40 centercockpit..It was a great boat but also alot of work. It was impossible to sail with less then 2 people.

02-12-2003 04:21 PM
Live aboard a Helms 25?

I have a 28 foot boat that I''ve lived aboard for 24 years. I must like it. Need a 40 footer? Why? I''ve sailed this boat to Grenada and back. Boat #4 has been to Europe several times. The Helms was one of the boats that I salivated over when looking. I''d take that boat to the Carribean in a heartbeat. Struck me as one of the best built trailerables at the time. Quite livable for anyone who took Walden to heart.
11-06-2002 05:54 PM
Live aboard a Helms 25?

Cap''n Dave,

how are ya? you know this thing about the cleaning the bottom of the boat, I ahve yet to inquire into that yet. Am looking to get a 38 - 44 footer. More than likely it will be a 38 with the way the prices are. But do you know how it is done when they do the bottom of the boat? is it like on the movie "The Replacements" where Keanu Reeves was scba diving in the water and scrapping the barni''s off?

Curious...this living aboard just keps getting mroe expensive each time I look at it.
11-06-2002 03:15 PM
Live aboard a Helms 25?

Ahoy Cowboy;

Are you going to single hand or one other crew person aboard? If so I would stay under 36 ft. Much bigger than that and they are hard to sail shorthanded. Not to say that it can''t be done, but more work. Who wants to work.
Also keep in mind the bigger the boat the more bucks to do the upkeep. If a bottom job on a 30 foot boat cost 800 dollars a 36 foot boat would be about 2,000 bucks. There is more of everything and and everything id bigger.
Fair Winds
Cap''n Dave
I sail therefore I ARRRRRRRrrrrrgh
11-03-2002 07:50 AM
Live aboard a Helms 25?

A good friend of mine lived aboard his hunter 25.5 with is wife and child for 3 years in the bahamas, US Virgin Islands and the Mexican Riviera with no problem at all.

The question is "How much comfort is needed and proportionate to the amount of maintainence required?" Answer that question and you will know for sure.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome