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06-22-2012 06:36 AM
pointyendfirst
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

I have a W28- plenty of room for several couples to ____ if needed, she's a sturdy boat and doesn't rock much....

The W28 doesn't have a specific place for a shower, but you can adapt it with a little shower pan/sump. The coolbox i have only draws a small amount, do-able with solar. In the UK, you could probably just do what WingNwing says about managing without a frig, just using ice occasionally if you want cold stuff (e.g. white wine for the potential ____.)

I'd say the W28 you are looking at would be move-aboard ready if she is dry- you might wanna check if there are any leaks e.g. from stanchions etc. Or more realistically, if there are WAY too many leaks. or just get some plastic boxes for storage to keep stuff dry.

Good luck!
06-21-2012 11:40 PM
Capt Len
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

Those were indeed the days.I'd set a goal of three a day for two days running,Lots of close but no cigar so the summer of '86 was a bust. Expo time.
06-21-2012 09:19 PM
DavidB.UK
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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When I was 23 and anchored off South Beach I had a multitude of girl friends visit at once!! Those were the day's!
Lol, go on Capt!
06-21-2012 09:09 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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Originally Posted by DavidB.UK View Post
ha ha ha ha!

I had assumed that they were one at a time.

But I have to admit I have wondered about how a 'couple' would __________ (fill in the blank) on such a a small yacht.
When my Grandfather would show people the boat, I remember him saying " yep, sleep's three and screw's none." Of course I later proved it could do just the opposite. I actually used to throw wild after party's the year I spent at Miami Beach Marina in the early 90's.
06-21-2012 09:03 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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Originally Posted by pointyendfirst View Post
Soverel 28 is what i spent my first years sailing on (ages 8-12!) and I now have a Westerly 28 which is my first boat that I've owned/captained/taken care of. It's worth the compromises to have a smaller boat, I think, since it's cheaper, easier to handle, etc. I know several people who are doing liveaboard at that size, and you make do by keeping your needs simple, as Capt aaron says. although i am interested to know if he had a multitude of live-in girlfriends on his 28 footer- all at once?!
When I was 23 and anchored off South Beach I had a multitude of girl friends visit at once!! Those were the day's!
06-21-2012 06:15 PM
DavidB.UK
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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David, I checked out the listing on Yachtworld. She looks to be in nice shape considering her age. The one creature comfort that I would not want to be without in a live-aboard situation is refrigeration. From the pics and full specs, I could not determine if this boat even has a built in icebox. Perhaps I overlooked it? When you go to look at the boat, you may want check to see where you can install a refrigerator unit if you wanted one. Good luck mate!
Thank you for the encouragement, that boat is the top of my shortlist.
I have been getting some very good advice from wingNwing regarding refrigeration in another thread.

I don't think that boat does have refrigeration, but I think I can get with a little 12v coolbox in the beginning and see how I get on.

On another subject, I have to admit a little confusion...
I was under the impression that the term 'head' meant bathroom.
But have been led to believe today that it may also just mean toilet.

If the later is correct, is the little boat pictured above is unlikely to have shower facilities at all?
Do all little yachts do without? or do they have a kind of wetroom shower?
06-21-2012 05:53 PM
captainrizzo
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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Originally Posted by DavidB.UK View Post
I'm in the UK so I don't know how different the markets are, there seem to be quite a few boats for sale at the sub £5k mark ($7,789) but this one (westerly 28) seems to be the best value for money I have found so far...



I haven't been to view it yet, but on the strength of the advert and images it 'appears' to be in sailable condition and I could live-aboard straight away.

It's up at an asking price of £3500 which according to bloomberg is currently $5,452.30

At 1968 build its 10 years older than me! but looks to be in good shape.
Fingers crossed it will still be there in a few weeks time!

Thanks everybody for the feedback, I was just curious if I was likely to be buying a boat load of trouble buying so cheap and indeed if anybody else has gone this route.
David, I checked out the listing on Yachtworld. She looks to be in nice shape considering her age. The one creature comfort that I would not want to be without in a live-aboard situation is refrigeration. From the pics and full specs, I could not determine if this boat even has a built in icebox. Perhaps I overlooked it? When you go to look at the boat, you may want check to see where you can install a refrigerator unit if you wanted one. Good luck mate!
06-21-2012 04:40 PM
DavidB.UK
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

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Originally Posted by pointyendfirst View Post
as Capt aaron says. although i am interested to know if he had a multitude of live-in girlfriends on his 28 footer- all at once?!
ha ha ha ha!

I had assumed that they were one at a time.

But I have to admit I have wondered about how a 'couple' would __________ (fill in the blank) on such a a small yacht.
06-21-2012 04:34 PM
pointyendfirst
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

Soverel 28 is what i spent my first years sailing on (ages 8-12!) and I now have a Westerly 28 which is my first boat that I've owned/captained/taken care of. It's worth the compromises to have a smaller boat, I think, since it's cheaper, easier to handle, etc. I know several people who are doing liveaboard at that size, and you make do by keeping your needs simple, as Capt aaron says. although i am interested to know if he had a multitude of live-in girlfriends on his 28 footer- all at once?!
05-30-2012 08:50 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?

I lived on my soverel 28 with my grandfather, grandmother, and a dog!. I've had a multitude of live in Girlfriends, cat's, a bird once. I've cruised all over the Caribbean, Bahamas, Key's. I chartered it in Isla Mujeres mexico with as many as 4 Lonely Planet backpacker's at a time for day's. It's a great live aboard, but it's what I'm used to. It's easy to handle and parts, line, dockage, clearing in to the Bahama's, everything is a fraction of the cost of a 40 footer. I often dream of a bigger boat, but this it what I have so it's what I use.
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