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Converting a overnighter to a live aboard.

My boat is set up for overnights and I plan on living aboard next year on a lake in Texas. It has a small sink and built in cooler with your usual V-berth and table that converts to a bed. What else will I need? Off the top of my head I know I'll need to install:

-Water tanks
-Fridge
-Cooktop
-Electrical for it all

Is it realistic to install a dehumidifier to keep the moisture down? It also is set up for a head but there isn't installed right now. I'll be at a marina so I'll have water and electric and facilities on land.
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Re: Converting a overnighter to a live aboard.

Sounds like you only need a camp stove, a mini fridge, an elec cord for the fridge-to-dock, a water hose for dock-to-boat with spray head or spigot/bib thngy, and a camp headlamp.

List needs.
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One at a time is better than all at a time...

Have fun with it.
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How cold does it get in the winter? Need heat?

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How cold does it get in the winter? Need heat?
Not cold, maybe in the low 50's? I've run my A/C in January.
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List needs.
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List comforts.
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One at a time is better than all at a time...

Have fun with it.
Thank you, I think it's going to be this way with allot of this. I'm hoping to get set up as best I can before I move aboard.
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Little lights will start popping off.
The forest will be seen...amongst the trees...
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Installation of a proper electrical system using marine grade materials and circuit protection should be your very first order of business.
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Installation of a proper electrical system using marine grade materials and circuit protection should be your very first order of business.
That's part of why I'm trying to get an idea of what I might be missing before I start this project. It'll be easier to put everything in place at the beginning rather than after stuff is installed.
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Re: Converting a overnighter to a live aboard.

cmetz - the easiest way to convert an overnighter to a liveaboard is to lower your expectations...a lot.

What part of Texas? I had a Catalina 27 on Lake Travis in Austin. We were at a nice marina. Living aboard it would have been possible...but no way would I have wanted to do it.

I'm surprised your boat doesn't have water tanks and electrical power. What size/kind of boat is it?
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