We (me, wife, 8y/o son and dog) have lived aboard here for almost 4 years now. We cant even imagine living in a dirt house now. We are currently out fitting our formosa 41 to do some serious offshore cruising.
My girlfriend lives aboard our 35'' Cheoy Lee and I manage to get there on weekends, work allowing. We try to go out for a sail on the weekends but it is not always possible. We are repairing/replacing bits and pieces. Our goal is to begin our crusing life from here when my contract finishes in Sept 2003. The clock is ticking...
Currently the boat is in the marina in Ashkelon Israel.
Ahoy sailorman, This is what I say about the wifes opinion. It''s okay honey you don''t have to stay on the boat with me but the day this refit is done you''d better like living in hotels while you chase me around the world. Ohh yeah don''t forget to bring groceries with you. Arrh Big Red 56 Pirate.
I liveaboard my Hunter 37.5 in SE Florida. I''ve only been doing so for about 5 months but now that I''m *starting* to figure out where everything goes it''s beginning to feel like home. It''s great to be able to untie your house and go away for a day or week or month and still have all the comforts of home. My biggest concerns so far have been the transition from "daysailer" to liveaboard. Much more involved than I had thought. Also the joys of moving my business from an office to a Tupperware box too a little to work through.
But I''m in a great marina, lots of other liveaboards, and only 1 year two months until I make the transition from liveaboard to cruiser.
It''s great to see this new message board. I have been planning, dreaming, and working towards living aboard for about 10 years. I''m still about 2 years away (maybe less). I am currently, sailing and refitting/improving a 43 Irwin center cockpit. It has most of what we will need for cruising the ICW, east coast of the US and Bahamas while staying away from the weather (too hot & too cold).
I have a couple of interesting reads for you. A book by the name of "All in the Same Boat" by Tom Neale is all about living on board, while cruising and raising 2 children ... including home (boat) schooling. Tom also writes a newsletter from the boat. It''s called Cruising Coast and Islands and dedicates itself to the US east coast and the Bahamas. You can find him at tomneale.com
My big question is: Do we have a home on land or not and why?
Well,bob:I''ll give you one point of view,there are as many as there are liveaboard cruisers.
First we also have Tom''s book,we are charter
members of the newsletter.For the record the newsletter is what caused us to turn around in Baja Mexico and sail back to San Diego
and ship our boat to the Right Coast.We have lived aboard a series of boats since 1957 and
travelled extensively on the world''s oceans.
We have talked to more people than you would want to know about.Sooner or later everyone
except maybe Tom! wants a home base to come back to and work on the boat,stretch the Sea Legs,pay their taxes and just plain not worry
about whether the hook is going to drag,yours or your neighbors.I cannot tell you about others but this is what we have finally settled for our option.We first bought a place on the St.Johns River in northern Florida with our own cove.(See pic
under dancy8888 on last weeks CWBB.)It was
too cold in the winter so we looked further south.Found a really nice spot on the Braden River at the city limits of Bradenton.For a relatively small sum we purchased a 12x42 older but in excellent condition mobile home.
The space rent is CHEEEEEP.A side tie for the boat is included.For most people it wouldn''t be tennible because if you draw over 4'' of water your S.O.L.Our lives have reached a point where we spend 6-8 mo''s
aboard and love it;then its time to hit the land base for a recharge of the batteries.
So you have one OLD Salts view.
On the subject of boats.I have what I want and would''t trade it for anything afloat;that said if your looking for a good home,relatively good sailing capability,
and a "skinny water" boat for 100K you could much worse than a Krogen 38 center board model.
Good luck,fairwinds and following seas and
pleasant anchorages. Gene
Well thanks for your point of view and other thoughts. You agree with my wife. It sounds like you speak from much experience. I am just thinking that we don''t have to make the decision, of where, right away. It''s different than just going cruising for 2 weeks and coming home. How much we like it could influence what we want, can afford, and where it should be.
Weren''t Krogens available in both a "kit" form and a factory finished version. If yes, which is yours? They are pretty boats.
I agree about shoal draft, yet I''m not a centerboard fan. Had one that was stuck up more times than it wasn''t! My boat draws 4''11", pretty slim for a boat it''s size. That was important because of the ICW work we plan to do, the Bahamas, and we would like to get back to the area we are now, during the summers. Yet, it is far too expensive to keep a home here. We keep the boat in the Toms River/Barnegat Bay NJ area. Someplace south would be nice. A small condo where I don''t have to do much. It''s funny, but I love working on the boat, and hate working on or around the house. It wasn''t always that way.
bob:we are going to be up that way this year my cousin lives at Pt. Pleasant,N.J.
I do not have a Krogen 38.I have an Embroden 32.No more yard work for me.Sandpaper and varnish,topsides paint,oily rags,anything except GRASS!!Life is constantly full of DECISIONS,DECISIONS!!!!!
I just purchased my first boat this past week and will start living onboard next month. It''s a Freya 39,ORIANA,(pictures on personnel page) She is a great ocean crusier. I do plan on living on her for the next three years and then sailing off to deep blue water.
Being a retired US NAVY and finally ending a short job as a bean counter, I do plan on sailing the rest of my life. I do have great health at 47 and plan to do this for 20 years. Let the fun begin......Hugh
I have been for years reading all the emails of sailors sailing off into the sunset. Well dam it it''s my turn and I am ready. Can''t seem to get the wife to see it this way but I know all good things must come to an end. It does hurt but my life and dream are also important.
Good luck and always looking for a good honest person to enjoy life together sailing the world.....
Counting down the days here... Ill be moving aboard in April or May, spending the summer stocking the kitty and doing refits, and hopefully getting underway this fall (next spring at the latest)
For now, at least, I wont be keeping a shoreside abode, although Im having the problem of what do do with the Stuff that wont fit aboard - Ive no problem with selling off most of my worldly goods, but Id hate to part with 2/3 of my books, and I know they wont all fit aboard.
I imagine Ill borrow storage space at my parent''s or sister''s, as Im intending to live aboard year-round for several years at least.
Bob: I spent a month on Barnegat last year... lovely areas; I want to sail it someday.
Follow your dream. I was outfitting my boat for singlehanding when I met a woman who fell for it too. We married, and she wanted to live aboard and cruise. We had a great time for awhile, her and her 15 year old daughter, but after we tied up in marina to work for awhile, she walked out on me one day while I was at work. I haven''t seen her since. I sailed back to my home port. It was a broken dream, but I am sailing again, and I will do it with or without a woman.
I liveaboard my Tanzer 7.5 (summer''s only so far) on the Hudson River (NY Capital District). I have everything I need (except a female sailing companion - any sailing females interested?) aboard and will retire this year and sail the boat to FL so I can liveaboard year-round.
I realy enjoy the freedom to just up and cruise anytime I want and drop the hook anyplace I take a fancy too. Just Do It!