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New2this 01-23-2012 06:20 PM

totally new to this
greetings, my name is Cory. I was born and raised in Florida, always near the water, and currently I am in Miami, on Biscayne Bay. I have always been comfortable with the water, I love to surf, dive, snorkel, fish etc, anything to do with the ocean and I am there. Recently I came to the decision to live on a sailboat, and I guess I am looking for some advice for living on board.

for example, would this boat be acceptable for living aboard ?

21' Santana Sailboat

(I realize I need to learn to actually sail a boat. Right now I am looking more for information on rules and regulations regarding where I can anchor and, stuff like that.)

Its good to be here, I am very excited about learning to sail and living on a boat! :D

chuck53 01-23-2012 07:23 PM

Are you planning on staying at a marina or hooking up to a mooring ball? if you're not going to stay at a marina, how do you plan to cook, store cold food, go to the bathroom or shower? yes you can do all those things on a 21 footer for a short time, kinda like camping, but long term? That's a rough lifestyle. Speaking for myself, I wouldn't go with anything less than 25-26 feet and there is a huge difference in interior space between 21 and 25 feet.

New2this 01-23-2012 08:29 PM

I do not plan on staying at a marina, I have friends that will let me shower and store things with. I am a not really concerned about the space issue. I was more interested in knowing if the boat is seaworthy, and capable of traveling some long voyages.

as for refrigeration. what is the electrical situation for a small boat? Is is possible to have batteries and solar/wind to run small appliances? if not I guess ice?

chuck53 01-23-2012 08:43 PM

When you say long voyages, just what do you have in mind?
Yes, you can load up on batteries to run electrical appliances , but again, just what do you have in mind? A computer or small TV or do you want to run a electric hot plate or air conditioner?
We need a lot more details.
how do you plan on going to the bathroom? You going to have to take a port-o-potti to shore every couple of days to empty it.

VK540 01-23-2012 08:48 PM

Release the hounds! Just kidding. Not sure of your budget but Chuck has some very good advise! A 26 footer shouldn't set you back too much, could be ready to sail and wayyyy more comfy if you do some shopping. They seem to be very reasonably priced and lots of them around. At the end of the day it's your choice but do some serious window shopping and kick some tires. Start with and use the advanced search engine. You might be surprised what you find.

New2this 01-23-2012 08:49 PM

well I'd like to go up and down the east coast, they keys, maybe the bahamas, maybe further? I know im getting way ahead of myself.

as for appliances, nothing heavy. a laptop, small light, fans, maybe a small fridge/hotplate if thats feesable

I would use the bathroom on shore, at least for #2. I have no problem peeing in a gallon bottle and dumping it on shore.

thank you for the help

chuck53 01-23-2012 09:00 PM

Going up and down the east coast...if you stay in the ICW, sure. Don't think I'd want to take that boat off shore.
As far as battery power, unless you put a lot of battery power on that boat, a hot plate is out of the question. A very small fridge, maybe if you have some large solar panels. lights and a very small TV, yes.

chuck53 01-23-2012 09:07 PM

Have you actually looked at this boat or only seen the ad?
Doesn't mention having a're going to need one.

deow 01-23-2012 09:31 PM


Originally Posted by New2this (Post 820302)
for example, would this boat be acceptable for living aboard ?

21' Santana Sailboat

That's very small. I sure wouldn't even consider living on that. 28' would be the minimum that I'd like to try.

New2this 01-23-2012 09:48 PM

no I have not looked at it. how big an engine would I need?

The small size appeals to me because I imagine it would be easy to sail..

can one person easily operate a 25 foot vessel? how about 30?

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