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05-29-2011 01:15 PM
sawingknots i didn't say don't do it ,i just said think about it first.personally i like cruising,waking up in a different place each day,not knowing what the new day holds,sidney is quite right most boats never leave the dock in fact lots of boats just sit while the owner no doubt is too busy trying to pay for the boat+slip fees,basicly there or 2 types of marina's some of the more upscale ones won't allow you to scratch your behind without pointing out some rule violation the second kind is basicly like living in a trailor park with people coming and going all hours of the day or night,shouting turning on every light they own,i've found that boating people can be just as inconciderate as the general population,sometine tells me at 59 your probably past the party hardy crowd
05-29-2011 12:04 PM
sidney777 What is your price range ?
There are power boaters and there are sailors and never the twain shall
meet ? Some people take this seriously and some powerboaters are open to new ideas, like sailing. Many,many,many boats don't leave the dock.
05-29-2011 11:33 AM
sidney777 Somtimes living in a marina (as far a people and being lonely) can be very good... Many boaters are friendly just because you are part of the boaters "club" of people. You can pick and choose and they can pick and choose who to associate with...... A marina dock can also be like a High school click of--you are too friendly-not friendly enough-don't drink-drink to much-have money-don't have money--judge you by size of your boat--judge you by condition of your boat.... You are Single and many are married; situations.
......You can meet people by helping them dock their boat, or any other easy help they need, OR, being Crew or going on charter fishing boat !
....You may find there are druggies, or addictive people to stay away from.
....Remember Quincy on tv lived on a boat, John Wayne in one of his movies.

Grey water discharge(shower water,dishes) may have no discharge rules in some marinas.
If you have ALOT OF STUFF loaded on your liveaboard boat you may have to secure it before you go sailing and make it overwhelming to take boat out.
......It may be nice to have an Onshore Storage unit...
.....There are lots of boats in Cal on Ebay, Craigslist and non-payment storage repos at boatyards and marinas. You have a great motivating adventure ahead of you .....
05-29-2011 01:17 AM
pontiakos
Some interesting insights...

for a sailing forum, a lot of the commentary is very land centric. Your 59 years old, supported a wife, perhaps kids...sacrificed an extraordinary amount of your life for the benefit of others... If living aboard is what you are dreaming about, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and do not look back,,,

Find the right vessel, find the right marina..there is some outstanding advice on both in this thread...

The social life will be great, the adjustment no more trying than living on land...

Gain the skill, sail your boat, live your life....

Hope to see you on the water
05-28-2011 10:41 PM
ardoin I agree with "formally eryka". And either you are not crazy or everyone is crazy. It is a great life and as a single hander, I don't find it lonely.
05-27-2011 11:19 PM
mtboat
how many of us can relate

You are on the right track. Bought a boat at 50, moved on it before it hit the water. It has a therapeutic effect that has even removed the 3 ex's from constant memory. The people are great. Learn to sail, live the life, become it.


The Three Rings of Marriage,
engagement ring ,
wedding ring,
suffering.

The time for suffering is over.
05-27-2011 09:05 PM
herezjohnny
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Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
Hey Bubble, we're both in the same general location, PM me, we'll get together one evening for beers in the cockpit and I'll explain ... (its glorious here!)
I`m jealous of Bubble Head
05-27-2011 08:39 PM
wingNwing
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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Thank you, I was going to question the cramped/lonely thing myself. All I've ever read in past threads is that the liveaboard community is friendly and supportive. I have no first-hand knowledge of this though.
Hey Bubble, we're both in the same general location, PM me, we'll get together one evening for beers in the cockpit and I'll explain ... (its glorious here!)
05-27-2011 01:41 PM
sawingknots the results you experince may differ from the ones advertized
05-27-2011 12:03 PM
BubbleheadMd
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Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
Current liveaboard, and I'm going to TOTALLY disagree with the cramped/lonely image. The marina and cruising communies are the most supportive and welcoming one I've ever been a member of since my college dorm. You'll have at least one thing (the love of boats) in common with everyone you meet, and if you want to start a conversation just ask for advice on [anything boat maintenance related]. Hey, this could serve a double purpose, increase your learning as well as meeting new potential friends. And, healing your injured soul may well be accomplished just sitting in your cockpit, watching the sun set. Good luck to you.
Thank you, I was going to question the cramped/lonely thing myself. All I've ever read in past threads is that the liveaboard community is friendly and supportive. I have no first-hand knowledge of this though.
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