You seem to be in a place to recalibrate aspects of your lives. One thing to very seriously consider is a source of income...work... which you can do aboard... using the internet. But there are other options. I know of a couple who made Pizzas on board and had a roaring business! But that was down in the islands.
If you are off the grid and cruising... that's a whole other ball of wax. Which one is it? Or are you going to do both?
As far as reading... I would use Reese... Sailing Illustrated - The Sailor's Bible. It's a fabulous reference book about all things sailing. Most vids are about cutting the lines and sailing off as opposed to just living aboard in a marina.
I am the very ambitious one that gets the zing of excitement at such an idea like the sailboat pizzeria. He works in a call center, so unless they bring that to telecommuting, he will always need shore hope to be self employed so wherever his employment takes him, we could go.
Currently, we live five hours north from the Texas gulf coast. We want to be able to purchase a boat, that should his employment bring him to the coast, we would not have to sell it and buy another to meet requirements so that's why when I started to read coastal marina requirements of 40-45', I am hypothesizing that would be the length to purchase.
We did think about purchasing a smaller, 35'-40' sailboat, but I am thinking the minimum requirement may be 40' to purchase for the future.
As for if it will be a sailboat, a trawler, a houseboat, etc. we are not sure. I am trying to learn as much as I can about them, because usually big decisions are left to me – and I hustle to understand things extremely in depth – especially with a life decision like this.
So, to answer your question – currently only in a lake, until his employment possibly brings us to the coast.
P.S. I can't wait to get my hands onto that book.
There are some great sailing instructional videos available and included with Amazon Prime. Just search "sailing instruction". There is one called "Rules of the Road" that covers all of the rules of right away at sea and navigational AIDS. There is a wonderful introductory video called "Sailing with Penny......". She is an Australian sailing instructor. I believe that the video series is called "Sailing with Confidence". I will copy down some of the exact titles I found helpful, when I get on my Amazon account later.
I found it helpful to purchase the American Sailing Association course study books for the beginning ASA sailing courses. Whether you actually take any of the courses or not, the first couple of introductory course guides have a lot of basics, on the parts of a sailboat, the theory of sailing, nautical terms, and navigation. They will be good references to have.
Great! Thanks! I didn't even know there were courses I could take. This will help me build confidence and meet others who sail.
There are a lot of factors to consider.
While living on a boat is generally much cheaper than living on land, living on the boat will seriously limit where you can live and what jobs you can have.
Even in areas that have a lot of coastline and dockage, not all marinas will allow liveaboards and most will significantly limit liveaboards to a certain percentage of their slips.
If you live someplace where you anchor out instead of at a marina, your costs will be lower (no slip rental!) but your logistical complications will increase massively as you will not have power to plug into, and will have to figure out what type of dinghy will bring you to shore and back to your boat/home and how much time that will add to your daily travels.
Doing laundry will be a major production.
So if you envision yourself living in a marina with a power hookup, you should start by considering what areas have the kind of marinas you would want to stay in but also have some of the type of jobs you would want, and then research the marinas in that area to see what the slip fees are and whether liveaboard slips are available and how much extra they charge for that. It's probably easier to find the area that meets those criteria before finding the boat in that area. Finding the right boat is probably the easiest part if you find the right coastal area to live in.
This is very true. He doesn't want to leave his call center work, and I am going to be an accountant (currently in school for this). I have been telling him to look future forward, what his next employment could possibly look like or what he wants, but he is entirely content with his call center work.
Finding a slip that even allows
liveaboards is incredibly difficult so far. It appears many bodies of water do not allow more than five days at a time, and they are special permits in some areas to prevent the folks going from boat to land two days of the week.
So, at dock we would have a plug in as I understand it, but would we also need an alternative power source running on board (the generator ran by gasoline? Again, I'm totally new with this and trying to get a grasp of things) as well, or would the marina that has a plug in entirely power the boat while at dock?
As for purchasing the boat, once we know which marina may allow live aboards, does anybody have experience here 'shipping' a liveaboard boat and how much it cost back when they did (and how far the boat traveled)?
We see a lot we like, but they're in Florida. We thought about sailing those to the coast of Texas and then shipping it upward if it would save money, but we aren't sure. Again, planning stages.
Yes, you need some in-land family or friends who will be willing to take you in when a hurricane comes near the Texas coast, as they have, from time to time.
For video-blogs or vlogs, I like "Sailing Zatara". They have a lot more money to do it well, than I will ever have. But they sold their house, bought a mono-hull, home schooled the kids on board and traveled. Then they upgraded to a larger catamaran. Our income levels are such that I have to laugh when they talk about ways they have to economize, as they are installing a washer and dryer, water maker, scuba tank compressor, and dedicated silent generators to power all of their appliances.
For a look at the other end of the spectrum, check out a small privately produced film, "Hold Fast" on Youtube. It is not intended as an example of how to go to sea, but it is an interesting look at one group's experience.
Aha, at least I would be able to see how the rich and the realistic do it with these two sets of videos. The boat is meant to be our primary and only residence, so maybe someday we can upgrade to such a lavish sounding boat they have. Just maybe, lol, with the push of a winning lottery ticket. I guess I'll be on the Hold Fast spectrum.
You guys have been so helpful getting me started on this research.