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Old 11-09-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Home sweet home

Moved aboard today.

Yikes!

Where am I gonna put all this stuff? KJ
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #2
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Congratulations KJ! Let the real journey begin.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:14 AM   #3
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Good to hear from another central California boater.

What's your cruising radius? Ever get to the Bay Area?
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:37 PM   #4
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Congratulations, el Capitan. We'll be looking for you on the east coast.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:26 PM   #5
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Welcome

Where do you keep your boat? Ah the good life. I'm kicking back here in Locke as I write.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:17 AM   #6
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Where am I gonna put all this stuff?

Fear not most boats can easily eat a few truck loads of "stuff".

When we partially emptied our 33ft 90/90 it totally filled a small bed room!

Have fun , but use a list to locate the "maybe I can use this later" stuff.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:05 AM   #7
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Sell it all.
Ebay, garage sale.
Convert it to gold coins.
Small easy to hide. The government will never know.

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Old 11-14-2012, 12:59 PM   #8
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Congrats.

Moving from a 3500 square foot house to a 32 foot pleasure boat years ago. I can relate.

Be aware that the stuff you brought on board will be added to or repaced in short order.

Whats that sayin sh happens or in my case stuff happens. Creative shelving along with air movement in said storage areas helps.

But enjoy this life choice.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:56 AM   #9
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Convert it to gold coins.
Small easy to hide. The government will never know.

And if gold again goes to $275 , think of the tax deduction!!
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:52 PM   #10
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Congrats and welcome to your new life. We made the move in May of 2010. We found that a lot of the stuff we thought we would need was only taking up space.

We first moved onto our 3218 Bayliner for a little over a year. Then moved up to our 4588 Bayliner. Difference in room like going from a cab over camper to a double wide motor home. At least that is how it felt to us.

Enjoy and the best of luck.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:19 AM   #11
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Moved aboard today.

Yikes!

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Hi KJ,

Bravo! My wife and I move on board on 9 March 2013. In the meantime, we are sorting copious clobber we seem to have accumulated over the years and trying to think what to do with it. Auctions, car boot (trunk?) sales, charity shops, give aways...but keeping the family heirlooms.

Can't wait. Endless opportunities await us.

BTW, we are based in the Channel Islands off the west coast of Normandy (France). We'll be cruising south towards Spain, and north to the Baltic and Norway.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=KJ;112073]Moved aboard today.

Yikes!

Where am I gonna put all this stuff? KJ[/QUOTE


Congratulations on the move aboard. Having experienced the journey twice over the past eight years it is a wonderful experience. While ours was part time (Mon - Fri) live aboard we did deal with the amount of "stuff" we needed to find a place for. In the end you will determine what is important and what is not. Give yourself a season and you know what to keep. Remember a small self storage gargage on land is an option for the items that you just don't want to let go of. While the exeprience of living aboard for most people can not be beat, there will come a time when you may move back to dry land so keep that in mind with your planning and storage considerations.

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:33 AM   #13
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Thanks. Everything is going well.

At first, I was like a "deer in the headlights" when I realized how much stuff I had brought aboard. After a couple of days though, I was amazed at how much "stuff" the boat had gobbled up. There is actually quite a bit unused storage space left, which is a good thing because my brother-in-law and nephew have informed me that they are going to store their dive gear on my boat -- permanently.

Fortunately, my sister in NJ has a large basement where she is graciously allowing me to store as much stuff as I want, and my nephew owns a ranch, also in NJ, where he is allowing me to store my car in one of the empty sheds.

I'm currently docked at the Barefoot Marina, N Myrtle Beach, SC.
It's a pretty nice facility, with all the usual amenities. My only complaint would be that the WiFi sucks.

I'll be here at least till 12/10. I might stay a little longer and move south after the holidays. I still have a lot to do, like pulling up the funky, old carpet, and restoring the original parquet floor. I'll have to look in the archives as I know there was a pretty good discussion about that subject here not too long ago.

My first stop will be either Beaufort (Bew-fort, not Bow-fort), or Charleston.
I would like to get a quote on replacing some salon windows. I would appreciate any recommendations for suppliers along the SC, GA, FL coasts.

It's been really nice to sit out on the sundeck in the evening (all bundled up) with a hot tea and watch the last few boats on the waterway heading in for the night. I met some folks from two 46ft sailboats that were heading to Stuart, FL and then to West End, Grand Bahama Is. -- for the winter.
Sounds like a plan. KJ
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:49 AM   #14
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Part of living aboard is continuously purging "stuff" off the boat. Things multiply in the dark like t-shirts, cups, gadgets, etc. Lots of folks want to gift you items that are totally useless on the boat.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:36 AM   #15
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Lots of folks want to gift you items that are totally useless on the boat.
Can make gift giving to other boaters a lot easier at birthdays and holidays.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:21 AM   #16
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Congrats on your move.
We moved from a 1200 sq' home to a 30' RV trailer last summer to a 47' pilothouse trawler a couple of days ago!!!
My best tidbit; take photos of the treasures you don't have room for, most of the time a person pulls them out and looks at them a couple of times a year anyways so just pull out the photos (perhaps a digital frame) even more often than twice a year and still enjoy them without having to store and care for them!
We moved on board a few days ago and things are settling into place. The hardest thing will be remembering that 'perfect' spot I put something so I would be able to find it again, already went through that this evening
All the best!
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:00 AM   #17
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AS you travel there will be loads of local boating mags at marinas.

There you will find custom window makers if you need replacements.

When you get to Fl, FL Mariner and other local mags will have a bunch of sources.
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