Ok we are not living aboard right now but we have and are going to again. The first boat was seventy feet and needed a crew of three to take care of it.We were young and dumb and lived like their was no tomorrow and had lots of room to do what ever we wanted. The maintanance was murder. The years passed and so did the money days. Next I lived on a 30 foot boat for three years.Loved the V birth as I could stick my head out at night and quickly get a (heads up) view of my situation very handy when on the hook. The problems were working everyday my spouce was an office type and needed everything hung up. I was a boat rigger and never had enough room for tools on a thirty foot boat. This was because the salon on one side was a hanging area for clothes. Wet toilet paper is another problem as well as water if on the hook (water tank to small) head was the shower and you forget to stash the TP. In the morning I skipped the wake up shower so she could do her thing and I spent that time loading water jugs into the dink for the trip back in the evening. I made up for the shower when I could manage a night usually a saturday in a hotel for some cable and long soak.Also living day to day on the small ice box and an igloo is tough you start to get creative on what you store and how. The grill gets used more and more as you don''t want to cook below and stink up your house and clothes. So maybe a 50'' boat is great for people who need a bit more space like a work area and living room bathroom and galley. Oh and a place to hang all the friggin clothes.
Since I work every day I just keep my clothes mostly in my car. I keep a few on the boat so I have something to wear when I forget to bring clothes down from the car. In the winter towels do not dry in the car so I have enough to make it to laundry day.
My boat is a Gulf 29 and I have spent almost a year on it while I was selling my house and after. When I bought the boat I did not envision spending more than a week or two on it, but it has turned out to be fairly comfortable as long as I am in the marina. I probably could live away from the dock with a few adjustments, but I would prefer to get a bigger boat. One thing I do like about it is, since it is a pilothouse I can look out of the boat in any direction as long as the curtains are open. The penalty for the pilothouse in a small boat is 5''4" headroom in the head and forward cabin. Its 6''4" in the salon, although I do have a hatch in the head so I can stand inside and have my eyes above deck. Also I could hang a sun shower there but never have yet.
We just bought a Morgan 323. Any suggestions on what you would change? I need to replace the water heater, any input? Size or make/model? She has refridgeration, no Air. We are in a marina now, working on downsizing. Our plan is to do some coastal cruising (Beaufort,NC area) then try some Island hopping.
can''t get the anchor up. my wife and i have been actively looking to join the lifestyles of the live-a-board, cruisers for quite some time now. i believe i have read almost every entry on this bb and all of the others i''ve been able to find, still trying to discover the fastest and easiest way to make the transition from 4000 sq.feet and 3 stories to a 38''-43'' live aboard. I have no problem giving up all of the STUFF that one accumulates thru the years but more importantly; what do i keep to transfer too the boat? dishes,silver,towels,(art and crystal) or do these types of items get tossed too violently to be practical. most all of our experiences have been on larger sport fishermen type boats and we can''t wait to start sailing and living aboard. oh, most all of our cruising for a while will be coastal and we are certainly looking for any imput as to which boat you believe to be the best suited to this type of cruising? thanks
Well we got real and are now living on a Catalina 38 ease of maintanance and the abuility to sail her away with out a crew made our best bet. We are taking the last of the stuff to the storage today and tomorrow they turn off all the utilities. Two happy people. Maybe we will be cruising in two months Mexico and south Florida for the summer.
We liveaboard a 51'' Formosa in Seattle, WA. We have been living aboard for about 5 years, but moved off for a year to do some work on her. Getting ready to move back on in a month. Can''t wait to be back aboard. We have two kids ages 3 and 1 1/2. We love cruising the San Juan Islands and can''t wait to take off cruising down south in 8-10 years. I grew up not knowing anything about sailing. Then I met my husband and he was living aboard a 27'' Sun. I fell in love with him and sailing and here we are. When we started looking for a house 5 years ago, I was the one who thought a boat might work better. I found "Ghost" online and haven''t found a boat I like better. I do wish she was a little smaller, so I could handle her better, but I will just have to get some more experience. If there is anyone else out there who lives aboard with kids and you want to talk, please email me.
boat #4 is a wayfarer islander 29 old fiberglass full keel sloop.in lake okeeckobee florida,can get to either florida coast from here,prepairng for another long distance open ocean voyage.my first liveaboard was a 26 footer,then a 28 footer,and I lived on a motor boat all thru my college years.actually most of the time I was a "sneakaboard" because everywhere I went they wanted to see my boat,they wanted to see my money,but they didn''t want to see me.thats not the situation now.I am in (and have been for the last 5 years) a very liveaboard friendly marina.
To "cpa"- you mentioned you once lived aboard an allied seawind. Was it by chance a seawind II. I am planning on moving aboard mine in a few and was wondering about your pro''s and con''s. I agree with the posts about not ever enough storage, but the asw II has potential...
We finally sold our home and are ready to begin a new life as liveaboards.
Musashi I is a 53'' Custom Aluminum Pilothouse Cutter built in Quebec Canada by C. Tremblay. Musashi displaces 50,000 lbs., is 45'' at the waterline, 6.5'' draft, 250 gals. fuel, 250 gals. water, 230 gals. holding.
She is air conditioned, has a diesel heater, complete galley w/ microwave, reefer, freezer, three burner stove- oven and broiler, and sleeps 9.
I wish we could post pix but I''ll put a website up in the near future.
As far as what I would prefer to be living aboard on ..... okay, money doesn''t count in dreams ..... a Hans Christian 43 for voyaging, a Hinkley 41 for racer/crusier stuff.
Now to the real world. I have a 32.5 on deck fiberglass schooner that I''ve been building for far too many years, having spent one winter aboard in Boston harbor without cabin sides and a single 5K electric heater. 12.5 feet of beam, 4''10" draft, 20,000 lbs with 8500 lbs internal lead ballast. She is slow to turn, stiff and stable, a slow roller, unfinished and completely paid for.
It is a life-sucking, endless, grueling chore of indescribable dimensions to attempt to build a boat you are living aboard and I cannot recommend it to anyone. I have had RATS move aboard, resulting in blood-curdling yelling, swearing and stabbing until they just shut up and left.
But, it''s nearing completion and it is the prettiest character boat in the marina. Everyone loves it. Including the ladies. Too bad I''m too old and wore out working on it to take advantage. It is safe at sea, comfortable, not particularly easy to handle, but predictable. She can be grounded for easy bottomwork at low tide, slides easily over all the lobster and crab pots you see, and is built like the proverbial tank. I''ve painted her with a single part polyurethane topcoat and can touch up the paint with a foam brush in a minute. Why? Because life is too short to get worked up because a novice rubs or bumps you trying to dock.
I have VERY little bare teak and oil it with my own blend of parafin, tung oil and lemon oil at least once a week. It takes ten minutes, looks and smells great and eliminates brightwork maintanence. I have only one berth, in the main saloon, and the headroom is 5''11". I am 5''8" and I sized it for me (and Danny DeVito).
One very important issue about my boat is that it is right for me will outlast me.
I sometimes dress like Joshua Slocum and splice three-strand with a bubble-pipe in my mouth (I don''t smoke) to give tourists the feeling they''ve seen a ''real'' sailor. Well, if you can''t be a character, why have a character boat?
This is an update to my first post and my last post. We have been aboard Krugerrand now for nine months. The first thing we did was go cruising for the summer we left in June s soon as my wife had summer off from her teaching position.My wife grew up in Colorado and New Mexico and had never seen the ocean or any of the things we sailors have experienced. She is teaching me to spell and I am teaching her to sail good trade but I am the slow study.She is crazy about this in her own way sometimes she looks lost and others so full of life she could burst. I offer to give it up if she wants the land back under her feet but she says no this is where she wants to be.So 38 feet of boat seems to be fair I am doing some interior work the gally is three feet longer with a dog leg off the end of counter and the sink moved out to that spot. The hanging locker is being renovated also for her clothes. The older Catalina 38s are not that much bigger than the 30'' Catalinas so we are packed in tight and do have to make it to the storage for a few things but it is still cheeper and more interesting for both of us. I have all the comforts of home while on the dock,Satalite TV DVD stereo this computer extra refrigeration with the addition of a new whirlpool 110V unit that makes it easy to keep more food for fat (American)pepole I was down by thirty now only twenty.I need to cruise it is healyhier because I cant get to the store for ribs and beef every other day. So a little off track but we are definatly living and well on this Catalina 38 S\V KRUGERRAND loving it.
We are planning a move to the Charleston SC within the next 9 months. Since we are new to the area we are not sure of what marinas offer the best for liveaboards. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions. We have also thought of the Savannah GA area but we were told that GA will not allow liveaboards.
Also, are there any issues in the Charleston area during hurricane season?