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3 Weeks Ago 11:36 AM
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.
3 Weeks Ago 04:58 AM
bramasole I'd do a bunch of sea trials and figure out what you need...
08-24-2016 02:57 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 08:51 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 03:19 AM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Quote:
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 05:42 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 02:13 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 09:21 PM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

10-07-2015 08:19 PM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Okay, I did not "redo" my galley. However, since I cleared out the hanging locker, I decided to convert it to a pantry using the left over wood from my galley/table projects from last summer.

Here is the final result.


Next up? Considering what it would take to insulate her... or not.

P.s., no more crates in the cockpit or on the deck.

P.s.s. oh and. I learned how to repair a head (not mine, I don't have one). lol
08-29-2015 04:06 PM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Yet another mini update.

Yes, still living aboard and still loving it. Having spent time visiting friends with power boats and all the problems that appear to come with them, I am having second thoughts about moving up. While my sailboat is tiny, it is actually pretty spacious for "just me." And importantly, it's nearly maintenance free. That is, no inboard engine to worry about, or other things that could break.

At times, I get the urge to redo my galley. Again. And I may, still do so. But for now, all is fine. I inherited an induction stove top, which, atm, fits perfectly in the icebox cutout, so no counter space is lost when I'm not cooking. I also inherited more canvas, so my boat is now almost completely under cover. Which means a cooler cabin/v-berth now and a warmer cabin/v-berth in the winter.

Speaking of... with winter approaching... slowly, I might add (it was 99 yesterday)... I've been toying with yet a few geeky-type projects. We'll see.

So, that's my mini-update for now. Hope all have been having a great summer! I have!
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