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01-04-2010 02:35 AM
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
beyond, if you've got pets aboard and plan to cross borders, I'd strongly suggest you go to and check out the "pet" policies for each country along the route. You may find that in some places, your animals will require a 90-day quarantine or worse.
Thanks, but I have already investigated this. My animals are based in Guatemala, I am presently in the UK on a work contract till May. As they are chipped and vaccinated they are able to go mostly anywhere in the americas. But I will always be checking up on the matter as I could never have my furry companions quarrentined.
01-03-2010 08:44 PM
hellosailor beyond, if you've got pets aboard and plan to cross borders, I'd strongly suggest you go to and check out the "pet" policies for each country along the route. You may find that in some places, your animals will require a 90-day quarantine or worse.
01-03-2010 06:14 PM
live aboard star tips

Originally Posted by closehauled14 View Post
1: I have lived aboard for a period of about two years. One thing that I found extremely helpful is to find a good anchorage to live in. With the help of a good wind/solar system, and some self control when it comes to the electric you wind up saving all of your dockage. For me it was about $500.00/mo. That money comes in handy for all of the little projects that WILL come up.
2: You live on a boat. Let that soak in for a minute. Now, if you are cold, move toward the equator. If you are hot move away from said imaginary line. Repeat as necisary. Make friends that do the same. Around these parts you're called a snowbird. In November, you head to the caribian. Then in may you go back to the carolinas (cheap dockage and cost of living).
3: Don't buy a fridge. Keep the ice box, use block ice, and use that money to buy a small chest-style freezer to keep meats, vegitables ect.
4: 28ft is plenty of boat for a single person or a couple as long as you stay in a place with good weather. Your cockpit is like an extra living area.
5: Keep all of your tools organized, labeled, and stowed when not in use.
6: if you are maried or have a spouse of some sort, you do not need a tv. There is plenty to do/talk about on a boat. Have a few cocktails and enjoy your suroundings and each other. If you reqire ambient noise, an fm radio comes in handy.
7: learn to fish, and buy a crab trap. There is nothing better than fresh fish/shelfish, and other than the initial purchase of tackle/equipt it's FREE. You can get bait for the crab pot at a local fish market any time. Just tip the worker a couple bucks and you will have access to all the fish heads you would ever want.
8: boom tent/bimini is a necesity.
9: if you don't fall on love with it, go back to the hill, my anchorage is a bit crowded anyhow.
I love all your advice thanks =) I shall be reporting back with adaptions no doubt.
01-03-2010 06:06 PM
Soon to join the live aboard crew

Hello there everyone,

Happy New Year to you all.

I am 34 and also going to be living aboard a second hand boat I am buying, from the summer. I want to circumnavigate the americas, mostly alone will have other crew at times. I've not yet bought anything, it will be between 26 and 33 feet. I've been to Seattle to look at some 20 boats, most i could not afford, and I have been looking for three months now, as I had a lot to learn. Im making some moves to buy over the next few months. at the moment looking at a 30ft Maurice Griffith that looks a good old fashioned live aboard recently renovated.

I have a dog and cat too so have the same issues with cat trays and them adapting to the boat. My dog has been on boats before but mostly small ones and never to live aboard.

This is a really great forum thanks for being here! =)
01-02-2010 10:55 PM
bychance I live weekends on my Hunter 27 and it works well for just me. You need to consider how many people, do you need running water, heat/cool air etc. I enjoy the smaller spaces, especially in cold weather, when it's windy and the boat rocks me like a cradle to sleep//
12-09-2009 11:30 PM
Must have

Didn't know how handy a bucket could be.

12-06-2009 02:37 PM
jhack82 number 1 way to keep the wife happy, hot showers. It's a pain in the butt, but with a woman, it seems to be worth it, at least in my experience.

good luck!

s/v firefly
12-06-2009 06:24 AM
roadranger Thank you for pointing out what should have been obvious to me. I will endeavor to keep her social life in mind, as she seems to always remember mine.

You are correct in your assumption that our friends and family have tried to talk us out of becoming full-time cruisers. They have used arguments of the dangers of hurricanes, lightning storms ("you know that Florida has the highest incidents of lightning deaths..."), losing the kids to the sea, putting a strain on the marriage, etc., ad-nauseum.

You have all heard those arguments before so I won't go into my responses to them. They mean well, but they are all saying, essentially, the same thing-- "it's just 'not normal.'" And for them, "not normal" is the same as "crazy." I do have this to say, however: I challenge my nay-saying friends to go to the biography section of any library and look for the books written about great men and women who led ordinary lives.

It is my belief that extroardinary people are born of extra-ordinary childhoods. I wish for my children, much more than a mundane, trivial existence, so, it is with a mix of trepidation and anticipation that my wife and I are making such a radical lifestyle change. We are hoping that this new life-aboard will give our family something that most never get-- substance.

To be sure, we will make our boat as safe for the children as possible-- netting inside the life-lines, PDF rules, radios, EPIRB, and even a Sat-phone if we venture too far from civilization. Good sailors minimize risks, and I expect to show my kids how to be good sailors... by example. That, I expect, will entail a lot of hard work and some self-discipline, too. I'm 'good with that.' Beth, my wife and soon-to-be First Officer, is okay with it, too.

Perhaps I will start a blog, like so many others have done, but this is enough for one post.

Thanks for the encouragement. I will let her know that she has an on-line sailing friend.
12-05-2009 06:14 AM
Originally Posted by roadranger View Post
[URL=""]Captain. Any "dirty laundry" advice would go a long way with us.

Thanks for your responses.

Captain- I am a liveaboard and understand your woman's concern. This is my second year on board. I've found that getting off the boat in a marina that has laundries facilities has become a social outlet rather than a chore. I enjoy the seclusion of my boat emensely but look forward to chatting with someone other than my captain on occasion! It might be a good, safe place to let the children run a bit after weeks at sea.
I srongly suggest you and your wife read "The Essentials of Living Aboard A Boat" by Mark Nichoals. It's a no frills look at what it like and gives plenty of practical advice.
When it comes to safety, I can't recommend strongly enough to include a satellite phone. I have a 26 yr old daughter who works in the yachting business, she was in the South Pacific when the tsunami hit American Samoa. That satellite phone was her only connection to home and it took twelve hours to get the call through to me. Make sure you can reach your land people, not only our rescue services. You're taking your children, I'm sure someone has told you how crazy you are. Give them a satellite number for extreme emergencies, you'll all feel better.
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! You are a lucky family!

What type of boat are you looking for???

Drop me en e-mail I'd love to hear your story from the beginning! Seagoing woman are somewhat rare tell your wife to consider me a friend!
12-02-2009 10:18 PM
roadranger << "Man, you've got a cheap/free slip and use of a driveway!!">>

It's just a dinghy dock, but still a convenience, to be sure.
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