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02-23-2011 09:30 AM
tomperanteau Any screen is a big screen if you sit close enough to it. Everything is relative.

We've spent the last four years down-sizing and getting rid of many years of accumulation. We just now emptied our large storage that we had rented for about six years, and are in the process of selling off the antique and classic radio equipment that I had collected, although a bit of that will make its way aboard.

Cashed out the 401k and reinvested in commodities that are more tangible than the stock market. We also paid off all of our creditors and prefer to live without that encumbrance.

At 53 I am more than ready to move aboard. We have some loose ends to tie up at the office (wife and I are in business together). That may take another year or two, but mean time I have worked on pruning my life down to what will fit the boat. I don't buy things unless they will fit my life there and I plan everything around that end.

I can fully understand why some prefer the comfort of living on land, as I have, but now is the time for adventure for me. I guess we all need an adventurous time and some have it when they are younger.
02-23-2011 02:57 AM
Originally Posted by crazyfish View Post
I have lived on Crazy Fish for many years off/on and currently off.

A few benefits for being off the boat.

Garage - Work Area
Storage for my collection of scuba equipment
Workplace/storage of tools.
Place to varnish pieces off the boat.

Boat projects
Easier to do interior boat projects when not living on the boat.
I recently replaced the head and all sanitation hoses which took a
few days and it was nice just to close up the boat and head home at
the end of the day. Have some interior varnishing projects currently
and may replace the cabin sole in the near future.

Yep, this sort of nails it for me. Our boat is great to live on. And it has enough space to do small jobs on. But to do the jobs in the place where you live is not sensible and not for me. I have several large projects on my boat over the next two years and I simply could not survive without my workshop at home.

And then there's the matter of our favourite marina not allowing our cat (Abysinian, not multi-hull ) on board in the marina.
02-21-2011 05:01 PM
CaptainForce I fully expect to move off the boat when heath demands or maybe we can find an assisted living marina. We've been aboard for most of our lives, but I won't hesitate to leave it when it's not fun! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
02-21-2011 04:58 PM
Have it both ways

We have lived aboard for 3 years after selling off everything, including a couple of houses, cars, business etc, including a few 60" televsions. We replaced it with this:
The posters here really tried to pick us apart at first, but after we explained things they came around. You really can have it both ways if you work at it. Honest!
02-21-2011 03:39 PM
Originally Posted by treilley View Post
Really? Your big screen TVs? If I ever mention a big screen TV as a reason for doing anything, then just shoot me ;-).
Don't worry, Tim, we haven't all lost our minds. I (and I think others) just use the Big Screen as a symbol of ALL the cr@p we've collected and have gotten used to that wouldn't fit on the boat. Like the washer & dryer. I'm curious how you like the nav station on your Caliber. I just love that boat.

02-21-2011 11:29 AM
DavidD. I'm new to this big screen TV thing. No matter how big the screen is, the content is mostly crap. We have one because we can, we have the room, and watching movies is cool. We never have to go to a movie theater again.
When we lived aboard, I think our TV was 9 or 12 inches, it really was a minor priority for us. We had no hot water for years, but we never even thought about it. Want to wash up, put the kettle on, no big deal, showers up the dock.
Today, if I lived aboard, I'd be happy with a good sized laptop screen and no TV. I read books on my iphone, which is a good space and weight saver.
We're in our 60s now and like comfort and warmth, and a little gardening as well. I would encourage people to forget about buying houses and put their money into a boat and move onto the water while they are still fairly young. Life will change and when you move ashore eventually you won't be looking back wishing you had spent more time sailing.
02-21-2011 10:47 AM
Spouse has no interest.

Sad really.

People that have not lived on a boat only can see the things that sound bad on paper.

Lack of space
Lack of appliances
Fears of ocean, sea sickness etc.

I was raised as a liveaboard child and those are the greatest memories of my life. Wonderful way to raise kids, very close relationships.

Ahh the good old days.
02-21-2011 08:59 AM
CapnBilll If I could get a job closer to the boat I would.
02-21-2011 07:01 AM
degreeoff Tools, shop and a wife that gets seasick..........
02-21-2011 06:42 AM
Originally Posted by treilley View Post
Really? Your big screen TVs? If I ever mention a big screen TV as a reason for doing anything, then just shoot me ;-).
I've never even bothered watching sports on the boat (of course, I can't even get my antenna to work with these new digital airwaves, even after buying a digital TV). Could you imagine a superbowl party aboard? There is a reason for everything. Admittedly, there are sports bars.
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