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08-20-2014 10:29 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Hey all. I am a newby (gray headed). I am a solo act looking for live aboard and cruising. Not afraid to fix things but don't have time to deal with a project boat. Don't have lots of money either (like I'm alone there!). Have a very realistic idea of single handing and living aboard. I may do some blue water crossing if everything works out. Long and short, I need a good boat about 37 ft. Someone warned me off Endeavor and C&C as being poorly built for blue water. $30-40K would have done it with left over for modernizing and refit. Don't need real pretty. Don't need expensive complex suicide either. Do your best, please to warn me off bad boats in the high 30s (price and LOA)
07-28-2014 01:37 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Working on my one-year aboard my Balboa 27. It has a head (and will shortly have a functional shower as well), so I'm a little better off on creature comforts. Sorry to hear you're thinking about a trawler, but that's great that you're still into life aboard. The more time I spend on board, the more time I want to spend. Still going through a thorough refitting on my old girl, but so far she's proven remarkably well built for a production boat. Just finishing up the prelim stages of a complete rewiring and LEDs. Great thread, good to know others are of like minds...
06-15-2014 03:39 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

OMG. A boat-aminium and considering a stinkpot. Must have hit your head pretty hard on something.

Otherwise, glad it's going well. Get out there and sail your boat!
06-14-2014 09:29 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Another mini update. Yes, I am still living aboard. Woo-hoo!

Okay, so, I've been aboard for a little over 2˝ years.

Now that the newness has worn off? Still love living aboard. Even so, I have changed some views since I first moved aboard. So, onward into the fray!

Back when I first moved aboard, I planned to sail my Catalina C27. As it stands, outside of moving her to her new home, she's pretty much turned into a boat-a-minium. My excuses are pretty lame. But the primary excuse is that I did not feel comfortable trying to sail her alone, and don't really know anyone here in the bay area (outside of people who already have and sail their boats). So, I pretty much settled on learning to sail my walker bay. Because *I* wanted to be out on the water.

Since I wasn't sailing her, I decided to store the mainsail inside. Even with the sail cover, I figure it's better to keep it stored out of the elements, since I'm not using it.

Speaking of inside. Yes, my cozy little abode keeps filling up with *way* too much stuff. I've (sort of) returned to my weekend warrior coding projects. I've been playing around with Raspbery PI, face recognition, and AI. I have also been exploring 3D printing (yes, I have a 3D printer, too).

So... my present pie in the sky (i.e., when I win a lottery) plans are to eventually save up enough to go to the dark side. That is, to pick up a power boat, and keep my dinghy for sailing and putting around the estuary. Otoh, better the devil you know than the one you don't. And, after living on my cat for the past 2˝ years? Well, she's treated me well. Who knows what I might face picking up another boat? Oh well, like I said, "pie in the sky."

Oh and. Some other things. I've pretty much settled into marina life, too. Finally getting to know my (awesome) dock mates. Though, I must admit, I find myself feeling towards newcomers, the way some may have felt toward me when I first arrived... that is, wondering if they were going to be good, responsible neighbors, or the kind who do the nasty stuff... you know, such as pumping out overboard. And, I will admit, I much prefer the company of those who live here bc they *love* the life, as opposed to those who are here bc they see it as a "cheap" place to live. There really is a mindset difference.

Hmmm... well, that's about it for now. Now that summer is *finally* here, I will be spending more time out on the water than in front of my puter. :-)
08-06-2013 04:06 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Thanks for the heads up - member, not members. Fixed now.
08-06-2013 02:46 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Hi Tom L, tried to read your blog via the link in your signature; got a 404 "not found" error?
08-06-2013 01:58 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

I just finished a similar process that took me 9 months, a move from Atlanta to SoCal, from a 2250sq. ft house to a 42' Catalina, from a marriage to being single, etc. I just moved aboard this week in Cabrillo Marina.

I got some great advice from this board and the many, many, many people all around I asked. Everyone has an opinion, and unless you know their personality, boating experience, hundreds of personality preferences, etc., then the advice has to be taken with a grain of salt (that's my advice, and you know none of that with me, so here's also your grain of salt...).

At the end of the day it is all about your preferences and the trade-offs you're willing to make. AND, knowing your limitations; the difference in cost to do something yourself and have someone else do it is MASSIVE. Be cautious with your opinion of what you'll really like doing and your ability to figure out how to do it. Assume that if you haven't done it, you'll need some help. And that costs.

Mostly, don't forget that you're doing this for fun and love of being on the water. Anything that gets in the way of those two things isn't worth it.

I can't wait to follow your adventure. Good luck!!

08-01-2013 01:16 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Just finished reading this thread , and thought I'd pop an idea for those that are struggling w/ hardware computing needs that exceed your (even mondo) laptop.

I've just finished setting up a computing environ, in the cloud using google compute engine. Very easy to setup, and you only pay for what you use.

it addresses some of the issues posted here:
1. Need for large storage & backup.
2. Need for multiple development environments ie. Windoze, Mac, Linux, etc.
3. Performance (machine instances available from 2 - 16 way processors, and ridiculous Ram & hard drive space associated w/ same).
4. Cheap!

I have no affiliation w/ google compute engine. There are also other players, amazon, and rackspace to name a few.

you can still utilize your ipad or laptop and vnc (remote desktop) to a more powerful machine in the cloud.

anyway check it out.

for those that need just different environments and not the horse power, I would strongly recommend VM ware or Parallels as a solution pt.

Happy Sailing!
07-13-2013 02:47 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

K, just checked. You're looking at 5 miles from Jack London Square to San Leandro bay. Two miles of that, however, is a bottle neck.

So, if you did something like that, you'd want to leave Jack London square towards San Leandro bay as the tide is coming in, and leave San Leandro bay to JLS as the tide is going out. Though, if worse came to worse, there are private docks you can prolly "temporarily" hang out on, if you get in a bind. Also, staying at the water's edge, as opposed to the center of the channel may allow you to still paddle "up-current" so to speak. That time I got stuck in the current in my inflatable, there were a couple of SUP'ers who seemed to be doing okay.

That being said, it sounds like you are interested in camping, etcetera. Which you would not find in the estuary, as that is pretty much sandwiched between two cities and the airport. Am not sure there are places to camp in Sausalito, either.

In fact, from a camping pov, I expect Tahoe has more places that are conducive to camping via SUP/canoe. But that is just a guess.
07-13-2013 02:28 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

"Miles" of SUP waters are the best, provided there is time. I'm trying to talk my boyfriend into THIS trip... (edited)

"was supposed to be a really cool YouTube link to a SUP trip in the Boundary Waters on the American/Canadian border but Sailnet apparently thinks I'm a bot and won't let me post a harmless link which I find annoying"

Anyway, yes, several miles on an SUP is totally doable...provided you have water, obliging weather, and distractions. I really want to do the Boundary Waters. My boyfriend agreed to canoe with all the camping gear, and I could SUP, as it's not really his thing. Thanks for the info! Hopefully we'll know about our plans soon. We plan to LAB but not immediately. We're in Sacramento so it requires job changes, etc.
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