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Re: Thinking about living abroad
Again, my recommendation is to find a boat that is first and foremost a comfortable place to live. I know @ 17 you can live almost anywhere and the same for sleeping (I slept on a ˝" plywood floor just over a 6/71 diesel quite well when I was a teen), but it's still nice to have a comfy home to bring friends to and lounge around in.
Lots of storage for your personal gear, tools, food, and spares, and good ventilation are essential for a good liveaboard, especially in warmer climates.
Just about the last thing on your list should be what she looks like. A lot of really beautiful sailboats are really uncomfortable to live on in rolly anchorages or sail around on the anchor like boats possessed, The most beautiful boat I ever considered buying (a Herreshoff) didn't even have standing headroom below.
Chances are, you'll go through a lot of changes between now and when you actually set off on your first ocean crossing unless you are a trust fund kid, of course, therefore this probably won't be the boat you'll have then, so consider that when looking as well. Very few of us got lucky enough to begin our cruising lives as teens or very young men.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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