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post #3 of Old 06-03-2018
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Re: Obtaining Liveaboard in Longbeach / LA area

I manage slips at a small yacht club and we have two resident households. They are extremely valuable to our all-volunteer YC because they "walk the docks" daily and can find problems before they grow larger. (Usually boat problems, and occasionally people problems, too!)

If you are mechanically handy and like being helpful, this might be another avenue to look into. Also, there can be a steep learning curve to maintaining a boat large enough to live on, and having friends around to give you (sometimes conflicting...) advice is a great help. I have friends that lived aboard a 40 footer for 18 years, and they had to have an on-shore storage unit for "stuff". It is a fun lifestyle.

**Unasked-for advice: while enjoying life on the water, Be SURE to make monthly payments into an investment/savings account to fund a someday purchase of a land house. Your watery lifestyle will not be creating steady equity like a land house does, and someday you might want to own a house. Or not... your choice... Just be aware of the choices you are making.

And do acquire some little umbrellas for your "boat drinks" !!!

1988 Olson 34, by Ericson Yachts.
Sail # 28400
Betamarine 25 (new 2018)
RCYC, Portland, Oregon

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