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2 Weeks Ago 06:05 PM
Pendrith
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Info from a liveaboard....the smaller is better idea is the #1 consideration for u to start!...I live on board in Toronto all yr round and absolutely luv it...not sure what or how ur weather compares, BUT...u definitely want amenities available...shower, washroom, 120 v electrics...1of ur worst enemies will be moisture so if you have showers near by (the Y, gym, dock facilities..) all the better. with moisture in mind, u will need forced ventilation of some sort and a heat source...dorado vents look good but they really aren't applicable for static existence imho..so much to mention..I like the idea of being able to walk into something that someone is abandoning (for whatever reason...) ..at worst u can also leave it behind without to much money at stake and as things improve (ie ur idea of sticking with it..) u can move up into/ onto bigger and better...Best o' luck...
2 Weeks Ago 06:44 AM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

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Originally Posted by midwesterner View Post
Shadowraiths; I've read through this discussion but I didn't catch your follow up story of what type of boat you finally settled on. I would love to hear an update on how things have gone for you and would love to hear about all of the things you have learned since becoming a little bored. I'm hoping to transition in that direction as I move from semi-retired to retired.

I'd also love to hear about the progression of your sailing experience and how often you were able to get your boat out sailing. Do you sell mostly with in San Francisco Bay are you make it out past the gate from time to time.
Hi there, I ended up settling for a 1972 Catalina C27. I do go out sailing every now and then but not on my boat, which has pretty much turned into a boat-a-minium. It's really amazing how much "carp" I managed to squeeze into my little boat, now that I don't sail her.

Then again, with neighbors who need crew, it's still very easy to get out on the bay. Every so often, I think about moving up to a bigger boat for the living bit, but then hear about the nightmares my dock mates face, and end up being happy with what I have.

I have learned a great deal about boat maintenance. Oh, and. somewhere up thread, a poster recommended having one boat to live on and one to sail. I absolutely agree with them! That is actually an eventual goal of mine.

As for life aboard? As of new years day, I will have lived aboard for 5 years. w00t! ^_~

Seriously, though, I'm usually out and about during the summers, almost always on the water... usually doing marine stuff... working on docks, washing boats, towing stuff... and just pretty much enjoying the sun and fresh air. And during the winter... or basically when the days are short? I'm hibernating in my little 'cocoon' boat. Oh well. lol
09-03-2016 12:36 PM
midwesterner Shadowraiths; I've read through this discussion but I didn't catch your follow up story of what type of boat you finally settled on. I would love to hear an update on how things have gone for you and would love to hear about all of the things you have learned since becoming a little bored. I'm hoping to transition in that direction as I move from semi-retired to retired.

I'd also love to hear about the progression of your sailing experience and how often you were able to get your boat out sailing. Do you sell mostly with in San Francisco Bay are you make it out past the gate from time to time.
09-03-2016 05:58 AM
bramasole I'd do a bunch of sea trials and figure out what you need...
08-24-2016 03:57 AM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Ok, totally off topic, but... I came across this little 'beauty' while doing a photoshoot for a friend who is selling their boat.


Okay, not really a beauty but would make for a great painting. That, and it gives a whole new meaning to "aqua storage"!

eta ~ yes, I'm still living aboard (going on 5 years, now). No, I do not live at the above marina! lol
08-01-2016 09:51 PM
Danasailor
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

I would suggest not falling in love with one manufacturer's product. I lived aboard my Pacific Seacraft 31 for two years. I had hot and cold pressure water. The shower water drained to a tub in the shower area and pumped overboard, not into the bilge. I have a two burner propane store/oven, two deep sinks. I added an outlet for cable tv, but discovered that I never watched TV. It was more fun to go to the bar and watch the weather channel with the other liveaboards. I had a heat pump installed, so I had heat and A/C while at the dock. And I had a boat I could sail anywhere. I did end up taking the boat south in the winter, and north in the summer.

Lesson: think about the systems you need. Hot and cold pressure water are really nice to have. You probably don't need A/C if you plan on living aboard in San Francisco.

I have the traditional vee berth layout, but an considering replacing the cushions with custom mattresses that will fold and be easily removable.

My boat payment is $500/mo, my slip fee here in Florida is $350/mo, my insurance is $3,000/year. I pay a diver each month to clean the bottom of the boat, and I have the boat hauled out every other year for bottom paint, waxing the hull. I do most of the engine maintenance myself, but am coming up for the 1,000 hour job, which will set me back another $1,500. I could live more cheaply on land, but I don't live in San Francisco.
06-14-2016 04:19 AM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

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Originally Posted by wavestimulus View Post
Thanks for posting the video, found it interesting as I am currently preparing to switch from "home-land" to permanent liveaboard,
and
I have a question for Shadowraiths (couldn't send a PM, not enough posts), or to anybody living in California, as I am in the SF bay area, I am wondering how you handle the "official" address in California, for the DMV for example? Do you use a mail forwarding company with a street address like mailnetwork.com, mailmoreca.com, etc. ?
Apologies for not responding sooner. Just now saw this.

If they want a physical address, I use the Marina address + the slip number, with my UPS store box as my mailing address. For less stringent cases, I simply use the UPS store box address. Hth!
05-27-2016 06:42 PM
wavestimulus
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Thanks for posting the video, found it interesting as I am currently preparing to switch from "home-land" to permanent liveaboard,
and
I have a question for Shadowraiths (couldn't send a PM, not enough posts), or to anybody living in California, as I am in the SF bay area, I am wondering how you handle the "official" address in California, for the DMV for example? Do you use a mail forwarding company with a street address like mailnetwork.com, mailmoreca.com, etc. ?
05-17-2016 03:13 PM
travlin-easy
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

I love my Go Pro Hero - it can really produce some fantastic vids, both boating and non-boating. I just shot the interior of my old bucket and posted it so my friends could see first hand where the old man spends much of his time.


All the best,

Gary
05-16-2016 10:21 PM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

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