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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-22-2009 11:56 AM
nailbunnySPU Thanks for the tip. That seems like the perfect stuff for the places too wierd to put down foam sheet.
05-20-2009 03:48 AM
StoneAge Congrats on the purchase.. Newport 30 is a decent boat. You will enjoy her. And the life.

I lived on a Grampian 26 before I met my now family. The summer after they came into my life we spent 50 days out and about the Canadian west coast. 4 of us - similar to the folks on the Catalina above. We loved it so much we bought Stone Age and have been sailing ever since.

Re: insulation. We used a paint additive to help insulate Stone Age. Working extremely well.

Just add the "bubbles" to paint and apply as normal. Kind of like wrapping your boat in a vacuum flask. It does leave a kind of texture, but not too bad. I'd use it inside. Also maybe under non skid on deck too. It's great stuff.

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Best.
Capt'n John & Crew
Stone Age
05-08-2009 12:46 PM
ml7468 We just moved on our 1971 C27 Dinette. It was the cheapest and most practical of the boats we looked at. We used to have a C27 standard layout and loved how the boat performed and parts where always available and cheap. It's a Toyota on the water.
I did the following to the our C27 Dinette:
- Instant hot water - shorepower (we have an outboard)
- New holding tank - V-birth 20 gallon
- New/additional water tanks
- Propain heater - bulk head
- Added 12v fans for air circlation
- Changed lights to LED

Planning on purchasing a full cockpit enclosure before winter. This will increase our living space for winter.

Living on the boat is myself, wife and 2 kids (6yr/3mth). Daughter sleeps in port quarter berth, boy has a crib set up on the starboard quarter birth. Boy sleeps the whole night, the boat rocks him to sleep.

How we do it:
1 week cloths onboard, we use ziplock backs for each day of cloths that do not have to be hung(keeps moisture out of socks and underware). We have only 1-2 days of meals on board (we eat lots of fresh foods). Simplify, Simplify, Simplify, No CD's or DVD's (all digital, ipod and AVI's), We did spoil our selves and kept the wii, but guitar hero had to go bye, bye.
We use a stoarge unit for all other clothing and dry foods, like a pantry. It is a climate controled unit and we have full enclosure hanging racks for clothes. We do have monthly "Land Vacations" as we call them. We will book a weekend at a hotel and take long showers and sleep in a king size bed.

We have simplified because I expect to be layed off next year. We are saving and we know we'll need a bigger boat in 2-3 years. Friends though we where nuts. We love it. We are saving a $800 a month by not paying rent for an apartment, plus another $250 from utilities. I grew up on a sailboat with a brother and there was a family of 4 living on a J/24. If you can simplify, you can do it.

There are always CON's with this life:
Bed is tight, get's cold in winter. Someone said C27 is not insulated, very true. We are working on idea's to insulate, but summer is coming
We owned a house and had a freezer in the basement and had lot's of food, now it's lot less and we hit the store almost daily. I miss the oven, I loved to bake, but that's why we have family who live on land, lol.

It took my wife 3 years to "WANT" to move onto a boat. Took her another year to say she wants a C27 again. We loved our old C27.

Good luck with you decision. You'll love living on the water. I can not tell you how priceless the view is when you wake up and drink your firsh cup of coffee in the cockpit.
04-17-2009 11:46 PM
michaelmrc hey congrats on the new boat. yup your going to find many little new changes to your lifestyle pocketbook and especially insurance and regulations. but coming from a fellow liveaboard trust me its all worth it.
04-17-2009 08:43 PM
nailbunnySPU
Newport 30 VS The World

Wow. I thought this post died, yet it was reanimated when i wasn't looking.

Now i'm far enough along in a deal that I'd like to say my location is near the Chesapeake, and due to circumstances, this thread's title became obsolete.

You see, i really meant to get a 27. It's all i can really afford, and I saw my dad's catalina 27 and i could imagine living on it. BUT THEN the market reared its ugly head and some guy offered to sell me a ---- for a price that was too good to pass up. So along with my first boat comes my first loan. And with something that size, i need a survey, long story short i'm spending a hell of a lot more money than i thought i would. "it's an investment", i tell myself.

This thing's got propane oven and range, head, water heater, universal diesel. I've lined up a haul powerwash and survey (and a captain, the owner is too busy to pilot it for the sea trial). The one thing that has me vexed is I very well can't paint the bottom on a survey haul, so I'll have to reach into my pockets for a second haul since i'm assuming they'll most likely pressure wash off large amounts of bottom paint. I'd like to wish the barnacles away for a while between those two hauls while my banking account comes up for air, but I don't know how long I have.

As for insurance, I haven't a clue. I figure i'm living on the damn thing, so I probably need more than liability. A wiser friend says I need towing. The boat was struck by lightning once before, so I'll have to make sure i have St. Elmo's Fire coverage... I tried to get a 'quote' from boatus and was subjected to the second most intense barrage of questions i've ever seen in my life, that will leave me calling the current owner and asking him personal questions. Does a dinghy with an outboard obviate tow service?

It's all quite exasperating but allowing for $1k a year maintenance, I still save money vs renting a room in a house full of bozos. I'm open to more realistic maintenance estimates, but afaik the vessel is pretty damn well maintained so far. Cost points to watch out for, i'm all ears. I'm all about TCO.

I've been lurking the sailnet forums every bit of the way. I'm fascinated with the idea of wind and solar. -rant- The effectiveness and solar and wind thread has the worst noise to signal ratio i've ever seen, by the way, I humbly submit that that entire thread is wiped out and restarted in an attempt to approach its original intention. -/rant- I'd like to run biodiesel in the universal.

I'm a bit dismayed by the heating equipment others have acquired. I thought I could get by on a space heater, but it seems that electric heaters are more of an accessory to a marine heating system, even on smaller craft. The thought of a naked flame onboard, almost assuredly close to something flammable, scares me as much of the thought of sleeping without the heat on.

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most likely i've done a horrible disservice to future googlers to not split all these ideas among logically organized threads, but hey, you asked for an update.
04-17-2009 07:29 PM
sailingmum Hi... It's all relative re the size. I'm shopping for a liveaboard/cruiser and I know I want to keep it under 30 for many financial reasons. Would I love bigger, yes, but with every foot of LOA $$$$$$.
Are you planning to insure boat at least for liability? ask a couple of insurance brokers to give you quotes on the boats with and without diesel.

I live in a similiar climate and if my boat doesn't have insulation I will retrofit as much as possible. I want to be WARM even if I am squished.

Let us hear about your progress !
04-17-2009 06:55 PM
Spiritman Alright, I'll try that again.

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04-17-2009 06:54 PM
Spiritman As for a stove - check this out. I have two of them and they're great. Butane burns hotter than hell (store the bottles in a rail-bag), and they're a lot cheaper than a propane installation.

G.
04-17-2009 03:17 PM
michaelmrc i have a 1980 catalina 27 and i too liveonboard at least during the week. i find i have plenty of storage space under both settees and i have made shelves under the vberth. it is a little small but im only 5ft8 so headroom isnt an issue. judy's catalina site has great storage ideas that im slowly getting worked into my boat. its gets quite cold here in the winter but i use a little caframo 110 heater to heat the cabin as well have a dickenson propane heater on the bulkhead. catalina's arent insulated so you need to work a little harder keeping it heated. one of the biggest heat losses i have found is the companionway hatch. i have made up some covered round foam inserts that work great to seal off the draft and using storm plastic on the inside of the windows helps alot too.
04-03-2009 01:15 PM
smackdaddy Welcome to Sailnet, dude.

I have a C27. If you don't mind a pretty spartan existence - it's doable. But it's seriously tight. And there is nothing like a closet...just a small hanging locker and under-seat stowage. I would compare it to living in one of those tiny "Scamper" trailers you've seen around. It's really glorified camping.

One important item will be the stove (if you want to eat). Ours has an old alcohol stove that we won't use. At some point I'll replace it with a propane job.

Then there are the water lines. In boats this old, unless they've been cared for and used frequently - they can get really nasty. So, even if the sewage lines are in good shape, if you want sink water, etc. pay attention to that as well.

Also, ours did come with a waste tank which is located under the dinette seat.

Apart from that, I'd agree with Faster that heat is going to be a big deal. Let us know how it turns out.
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