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3 Weeks Ago 11:45 PM
Re: Who''s living on what??

3 Weeks Ago 10:59 PM
Re: Who''s living on what??

A Hunter 386 for 6 months tomorrow. No one has killed anyone yet: yippee! Perfect for two people, but the occasion guest makes me twitchy...especially now during the cold season.
3 Weeks Ago 08:59 PM
Re: Who''s living on what??

Originally Posted by 2Gringos View Post
We've now been living on a Catalac 12M for two months.
Okay, NOW the boat-envy is setting in.
3 Weeks Ago 07:35 PM
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We've now been living on a Catalac 12M for two months. During an ongoing refit in the Turks and Caicos Islands. House is on the market.

It's a very comfy boat for two people. We turned cabin #3 into a workshop, and cabin #4 into a huge head with stand up shower and washing machine. Leaves us two forward cabins with double size bunks. Plenty of headroom in saloon and hulls. Large engine spaces, and amazing storage. Very solid boat, inch thick GRP in places. Slow, but that's all so overblown. People argue a lot over what is really the difference between a fast walk and a slow trot. If we wanted speed, we'd buy another powerboat or a Hobie. We went for the Winnebago instead of the corvette. This boat is like sailing a three bedroom, two bath English cottage around.
10-08-2015 01:35 AM
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Re: Who''s living on what??

In about five and one half years, me and my girl will be living on a Bristol 29.9, headed south, after heading north, and about any other direction we feel inspired to go.
09-23-2015 05:19 PM
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23 ft Westerly Pageant, costs almost nothing to live.
09-14-2015 05:08 PM
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Next year my wife and I are going to living on our Hunter 410. In my mind for the most part only single people and "kids" should live on a sub-40' boat.
09-14-2015 03:42 PM
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Soon to be living on a Watkins 27.
09-11-2015 09:17 AM
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Cars2Go is free membership. Been in San Diego for about 5 years and expanding.
09-04-2015 11:19 PM
Re: Who''s living on what??

I own a Hartley Tasman 27' bilge keeler anchored on the Brisbane River, a Hartley Queenslander 33'er on a swing mooring in Sydney and a decrepit house on 1/3 acre in Wairoa NZ. I alternate between the three of them, restoring a bit more at each visit. Neither of the yachts has an engine and all three run 100% off solar power.

The yachts can't be sailed as yet but the plan is to eventually take one of them - probably the Tasman - around Australia, then head out for a longer trip once I have more experience. So far my only real sailing was a trip in Dec 2013 from Newcastle to Christchurch via Lord Howe Island and Nelson in a friend's 42' steel yacht. It was an awesome experience.

I'm 62, single and retired.

I bought the Queenslander first, just over three years ago, as a substitute for paying rent in a shared house. I was caught in the trap of paying inflated rent for very little comfort and it seemed like a better idea to live on a yacht. Being a handy guy I've done a lot of work to that one, including a complete rewiring job, adding VHF and SSB radios, antennas, AIS (via Bluetooth), OpenCPN on a laptop for navigation, windex, macerator head, replacing all lighting with LEDs, painting, etc etc. It's fairly liveable although the cabin is in need of a lot of timber work due to earlier neglect and leaks a bit. Major issue is replacement of the engine; I have a new 40hp engine but no way of installing it while at anchor, and the companionway is too small to remove the old one. So, this yacht will have to be slipped and the cabin and engine replaced at one time, which is costly. Long term project.

The Tasman came along a year later, and costs me almost nothing since the mooring is free. It will happily run with a 6hp outboard and I'm looking for one right now. Sails are a mess so I'll be repairing those soon. She also has a small hull leak that needs a haulout, I'll do that when I paint her. Surprisingly this one is far more comfortable, having had a new glass-over-ply cabin fitted a few years ago. Ebay special, price was peanuts compared to the value I've had there.

I love living aboard and plan to keep doing it until I can't manage it any more. The house is my final retirement plan.

Biggest issues right now are a storage room full of "stuff" that I keep paying for, and the cost of keeping a VW Transporter van registered even though I rarely use it. But for trips to the shops and for hauling supplies it's necessary.

Here's a photo of the Tasman:
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