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02-10-2011 05:55 PM
ghilliker Join Date: Apr 2010
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How to become a live aboard?
Hi Everyone,

I do not live aboard but have thought about it for 20 years. I have owned 20 footers and 35 footers. Believe it or not there are some advantages to both. I believe the ideal boat is something easy to sail and <40 ft. Trader Trawler 40 is an ideal boat, IMHO.

But ABOVE ALL... Sell everything you have, i mean everything. If you do not, you will not really be living aboard but just sorta living on a boat. You will always have excuses for not sailing to Tahiti or not even leaving the dock.

If you have a spouse, or plan to acquire one, get a 110% commitment. Nothing is worse than a spouse who really does not want to be there when the wind is howling and you are grappling with lines on deck in your foulees. Also, depending on your age and ability, old and slow is an order of magnitude better fast and furious, when things get rough.

gth
02-10-2011 04:56 PM
gunslinger9729 I havent posted for a bit but I am very close to haveing the boat and the slip. I have thined down almost everything to where I can fit it in including turning the biggest drain into an ex. I hope to have every thing finished this spring. See you on the water. G.
02-10-2011 04:47 PM
billybigrig4
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Hi Everyone,

I have been sailing since I could swim, which I have been doing since I could walk and recently met someone who told me about her and her husband's grand plans to live on a boat 12 months a year in Boston. What hooked me was that she explained the costs and how it wasnt something only millionaires could do. So I am 1.5 yr out from when I would hope and be able to move onto a boat. What do I need to do and where do I find info on it all? (boat size, type etc) Obviously, I need to acquire a boat and find a location where I can get a 12 month slip but besides that I dont know where to start? Any help, guidance, thoughts etc would be greatly appreciated.

To my new grand plan
Several years back, after my 4th divorce, I bought ( now don't everyone start laughing ) a Buccaneer 240. I was working at the Nevada Test Site and kept the boat at Lake Mead. I was sharing a place with a buddy of mine and spent the weekends on " Genisus." I met a couple who had purchased a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 and were living aboard with thier teenage daughter and two dogs. It struck me that if they could do it with all the stuff a family of three needs then why couldn't I do it too. When I made the move I had enough stuff to fill a 10X10 storage shed. After about a year I had whittled the stuff down to zip! I lived on that boat for 4.5 years before moving up to a Union 36. To make a long story short. If you really want to liveaboard "Just do it!." If you let yourself get bogged down with a lot of "Oh, I have to have this, or, I have to have that," you will more then likly never do it. There is no greater stress reliever then to get home from work and go sailing for about two hours. W.W. McElrath ( now sailing on a lake in Arkansas )
02-04-2011 07:13 PM
cat571
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Very true I got a pretty good deal on my boat, about $10k less than asking, IIRC. And I like this boat better than the one I put an offer on that was rejected. Living aboard has so far been one of the best decisions I've ever made (despite the record snow/cold winter!)

Cold here too....got here Dec. 18...nothing above 23 for 2 weeks..now in the almost 40 range. I agree...moving aboard is great, and I never say " I don't want to go home"...in fact it's a lot harder to leave home now. I lucked out and found mine 100 miles from home and in fresh water..and very well maintained. Good luck!
02-04-2011 04:53 PM
rmeador Very true I got a pretty good deal on my boat, about $10k less than asking, IIRC. And I like this boat better than the one I put an offer on that was rejected. Living aboard has so far been one of the best decisions I've ever made (despite the record snow/cold winter!)
02-03-2011 10:01 AM
sailingdog
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What I found with the help of many web sites and a little buying power...the asking price for my boat was 45k...and I eventually got it for 37k....from what I have seen with market values...it seems most are selling close to 10k below asking...so that will give you an idea of what you can afford. When the time comes...get a survey..unless the boat is low balled..then save the 1k that will cost. Transport is an issue too..depending on where you buy...and of course the dreaded sales tax...unless you document it...cheaper..but kind of a pain...still requires a recent survey..and a pile of paperwork. If you are leaving the country...documented is the way to go!
I'd point out that he has since bought a boat and is living aboard. His post, that you're responding to, is from August.
02-03-2011 06:45 AM
cat571
Thanks matt!

I wasn't sure about the sales tax thing....and thank you for the info. Mine is a little weird...Coast Guard requires original bill of sale to be notarized by both buyer and seller. Seller lives out of state...so I would need to send the original back to him to do that. I used cashiers checks...so there is a trail...just felt un-easy about it....lot of money to me.
02-03-2011 06:01 AM
Minnewaska
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,...and of course the dreaded sales tax...unless you document it...cheaper..but kind of a pain...
It seems like you are suggesting that documenting a boat with the USCG will allow one to be exempt from sales tax. That is not the case.

It isn't that hard either. File some paperwork and wait. The only pressure may be the time you are essentially unregistered/documented, but you just carry a copy of your application, which would suffice. Then, when your doc arrives, you must have the name and hailport properly displayed.

Congrats on getting aboard. Sounds like it has been everything you hoped for.
02-03-2011 05:32 AM
cat571
meador....use the calculator

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I too joined this site looking to become a liveaboard, and I am still in the process. The only reason I'm not living aboard this very second is no one will accept my offers on their boats, even when I offer them fair value. I'm looking for something 35-40'.

What I found with the help of many web sites and a little buying power...the asking price for my boat was 45k...and I eventually got it for 37k....from what I have seen with market values...it seems most are selling close to 10k below asking...so that will give you an idea of what you can afford. When the time comes...get a survey..unless the boat is low balled..then save the 1k that will cost. Transport is an issue too..depending on where you buy...and of course the dreaded sales tax...unless you document it...cheaper..but kind of a pain...still requires a recent survey..and a pile of paperwork. If you are leaving the country...documented is the way to go!
02-03-2011 02:27 AM
Danny33 And the bigest reason is to just make the move and do it !
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