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03-30-2009 10:30 AM
DBboat I have lived aboard my 30' boat for almost a year and a half. I'll second a lot of what is said here - keep tools, keep pots and pans, dump your small appliances.

Also go sailing! A 30' to 37' range is a huge difference in boat sizes and you may want to sail on some friends boats or in a club to see what you are comfortable with (and can handle). It controls what you can store on the boat too. Singlehanding is always tough, and smaller boats are easier to handle when you are learning in my opinion. (full disclosure here - I'm pretty new too, and am very low down on the learning curve.)

I reduced my stuff a lot before I lived aboard, but did end up getting a storage unit (5' x 5') for a while. My experience is that for the price of storage, you can replace most or all that you are storing for less anyway. I should have gotten rid of the stuff to begin with.
03-29-2009 11:14 PM
ksmith The bowling ball was just an example of something that isn't necessary for sailing but things people have that don't take up much space. I was just wondering what items people have kept similar to that.
03-29-2009 08:21 PM
marinegirl405 I agree, try and avoid the storage unit if living aboard is your long term plan. If you really try and cut down and find you have too much stuff to fit in the boat, then ask a friend to store a couple of boxes, and you will most likely find you never need to look in them again! One big exception might be your tools, if you've just been renovating/remodeling a house, then you might want to find somewhere safe you can store such tools (hopefully with friend/family).

I moved from living alone in a 4 bedroom house, to moving on to a 25' boat with my husband. I feel your pain, the hardest thing for me was giving up my books. But heck, that is what libraries are for, and now I can find most info I need on the internet anyway.

I'd say keep your bowling ball if that is your hobby and you use it regularly - all of us have stuff aboard that nobody else would want to find space for. If you don't actually bowl regularly then get it a new home.

As for photos - I went through 20+ years of photos, tossed the crap, sent "old photo" packages to friends and family full of embarrassing snapshots, and the ones I really didn't want to lose, I scanned into my computer and now only have digitally. I see those photos way more often than I did when they were in the cupboard and they don't take up any space now! (I have backups to be safe), in fact my hard disc backup is the only thing I keep off the boat.

You can do without lots of gadgets in the kitchen and even elsewhere (e.g. your cell phone can also be your alarm clock)

Dump as much of your household electrical appliances as you can, and try and do without, or find manual alternatives if you can't. (Of course there will be exceptions - heating, computer, etc) but the further down that road you go, the longer you can sail/cruise for without returning to the dock (or running the engine). E.g. if you have a laptop, then you probably don't also need a TV (you can watch DVDs, and get the news on line) - but that is a personal choice.

One big difference living aboard is water - it will get in everywhere either from leaks, damp, or condensation - so make sure you invest in plenty of large zip lock bags for out of season clothes, etc. Once you know your boat, I'd also invest in various plastic tubs to store things (this will help organize AND keep dry).

After living aboard a year, go through EVERYTHING again, and dump the stuff that you now know you don't need.

Have fun! :-)
03-15-2009 09:58 PM
CaptainForce When I first moved aboard I temporarily stored everything that I couldn't part with, but couldn't use on the boat in my parents attic. Within that same year my parents home burned to the ground with nothing left. They began a long adventure as fulltime RV cruisers and my wife and I have been living aboard with nothing ashore for 38 years. There is great freedom in non-ownership. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
03-15-2009 10:34 AM
raisin56 Kevin
Think real hard about using the storage unit advise, not sure it's good. While not moving onto a boat I did have to store items for a year and a half. In hind sight for the money I spent on a larger storage unit I could of sold most items dirt cheap saved on storage costs and purchased new when needed and still saved money. Keep only the most sentimental items in storage and then are they really that important?
03-15-2009 10:09 AM
ardoin I would dump the bowling ball (it will be about as useful as an aquarium on a boat).
Keep tools, including some of the small power tools (electric drill, sander, jig saw) and car maintenance tools since they can be used on your boat.
Get rid of everything that is "hard" you will never store it on the boat.
Keep some games (dominoes, cards, etc) that are small and easy to store.
Keep a couple nice serving dishes, you will entertain on your boat.
Keep your good pots/pans and sell the ones that won't fit on the boat or stove.
Dump most small appliances, learn to cook without them.
Good Luck
03-15-2009 08:58 AM
jeffls I am in the same boat. I luckily didn't have as much as most but filled a 20x20ft storage unit with household goods and what not. I am going to ebay most of it and craistlist the furniture. I don't plan on keeping anything unless it has sentimental value or can't be sold anywhere near replacement value. The rest I will keep in a climate controlled storage unit.
03-07-2009 04:00 PM
kjango Here's what I did . I had a 4000 sq ft house & all the attendent " stuff ". Got rid of "stuff" til everything I owned fit in my Ford explorer . That was my starting point & since then I carefully screen anything before it comes aboard . Do go out & buy binoculars & buy quality . Then shop for what the boat wants . It will tell you what it wants if you listen .
03-07-2009 03:01 PM
ksmith
Getting rid of "Stuff"

I really do not have much "stuff" to get rid of since I am too young to really have accumulated or bought a lot in my lifetime. Thanks to Craigslist, Ebay, and donations I'm hoping to make light work of getting rid of most of it while I finish my project house to sell it.

I'm just wondering if anyone has suggestions on what "stuff" might be okay to keep (i.e. the bowling ball, photos, boardgames for those stormy days you can't really sail in)? Was there something in the liveaboard transition you wish you kept that you actually have room for? On the flip side of that, what stuff should I think about accumulating to liveaboard while I work toward that goal?

Thanks!

 
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