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06-18-2012 12:41 PM
Re: Getting the right size...

Originally Posted by Dean101 View Post
My visions are of a small boat swinging on her anchor off a pristine beach and me sipping cheap rum in my hammock swinging between 2 palm trees!
06-18-2012 12:25 PM
Re: Getting the right size...

Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
One way to plan what you really need to move aboard, something we call "shopping at our house": take everything (EVERY THING) out of your kitchen cabinets and put it in the basement. Then, live your normal life. When you need something, go downstairs and get it. Sooner or later, a few weeks or a month into the project, you'll decide to use a chef's knife instead of going downstairs to get the super-special-tomato-slicer-gizmo that you discovered in an infomercial... at that point you'll have separated your posssessions - you'll have a kitchen full of things you really use, and a basement full of things to sell on ebay or donate or give away. Repeat the process with your clothing, tools, whatever, and you'll be well on your way to moving aboard!
Absolutely love this approach!
06-12-2012 01:26 PM
Re: Getting the right size...

I went from living on a small-ish wooden 27 footer to an "enormous" 32 footer 19 years ago, and still haven't filled it up. As some have said before, beam, and the length that it is carried, is significant, and I'll add that the storage space is critical. My Westsail has relatively little living area, since the lockers are so deep, but I'm glad all that stuff is secure and out of sight.

When it comes to size for cruising, as compared to living aboard, I think there are additional considerations, not the least of which is will she carry a dinghy on deck or davits? And for living in a marina, it's not the size of the boat - it's the size of the dock box that matters!
06-11-2012 12:21 PM
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05-30-2011 03:42 PM
imagine2frolic You can definately find a boat to make you happy under 37ft. & in this economy there are some reasl deals out there. A 41 Choy Lee that was pristine just went for $14,000. That's an exceptional deal, but there are lots around. Just keep cruising, and like sites, and don't be afraid to lowball.........i2f

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05-30-2011 11:30 AM
Dean101 I guess that's the main reason for looking so hard at finding the right boat for me. I really don't want to buy something to learn on only to sell it later. I would rather buy something close to what I need and adapt myself to it. The mentality of boat size and my own tendency to look at ever larger boats prompted me to start this thread to begin with.

I really don't think I need to look at boats over 37'. Many of the boats I've looked at are that length or shorter and seem to have all the room I really need. I think it's the fact that American society seems to condition one to the "more, more, more" attitude.
05-30-2011 11:11 AM
PBzeer What I did, since I had a good sum of money when I retired, was spend it on the boat (no plans on getting a different boat later). If it needed repaired, but was marginal, then I got new. If it had life in it (10-15 years) then I repaired. Easier to spend the money when you have it, then to have to come up with it later.
05-30-2011 11:03 AM
Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
No regrets here. Just wish I'd had more money at the time so I didn't have to stop and work for a while.
HA HA! John, that statement says it all! I know I sound a little dismissive about money sometimes but I do understand what you're saying about the money issue. I think when it's all said and done, I will probably spend more than I planned just to get ready for my adventure. But I have made up my mind that it WILL happen. I'm flexible about time-frames, how and when I gain experience, where I move to when I get closer to the time, even whether or not I will have a special someone aboard when I leave. But leave I will. I'm committed to this dream.

I know there will be times I will wonder what the hell am I doing out here. I will go through weather that will scare the crap out of me. I'll probably say a thousand prayers when I see a giant wave coming at me off the beam. I'll cuss in languages nobody has heard of when I just can't get an anchor unstuck or the batteries go. But, all the fond memories I have of past adventures have one common thread. Not a single one of them was easy or without pain. I am definitely not going into this with my head full of cotton balls.

I'm learning everything I can from books, from online forums, any way I can. People like yourself, who take the time to answer questions from the inexperienced, go a long way in helping us newbies realize our goals and it is greatly appreciated.
05-30-2011 10:44 AM
PBzeer No regrets here. Just wish I'd had more money at the time so I didn't have to stop and work for a while.
05-30-2011 10:34 AM
Dean101 That's a good point and one that I have seriously considered. I live in Kentucky right now and have allowed for the possibility of finding a good deal on a potential boat. I could keep her on Kentucky lake, which is fairly large, and live aboard while I continue to pay off debt and save. They offer classes at one of the marinas there but only for basic keel boat. I haven't seen anyhing offered for heavy weather, offshore, navigation, etc.

I can relate to your opinion that you wish you had moved aboard sooner. I've noticed that many people on here have that same opinion. I know I wish I had made this decision sooner...
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