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Old 01-22-2011, 09:00 AM   #1
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How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

Being a live aboard for 14 years, we are on and use the boat every day, so we tend not to take the big boat away from the dock but we do use the run about and dinks most summer days, and trips are mostly by vehicle and plane.* Seems like every year we leave the dock less and less.

Last year we left the dock 4 times!* 1 time to turn the boat around so we took a 2 hour cruise, 2 times with family/friends for 2 to 4 hour, and 1 time because the marina made us move to another slip for 2 months so we took the boat out for a couple of hours.* So how many times during the year to you leave the dock?* Also do you find the long you have been a live aboard the more or less you leave the dock?
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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Phil/Fill,** Good Thread!!-** Can't wait for the responses. We are not liveaboards.

******* During the Summer we like to go out for day trips a couple times a week.

******* Longest we have been out on this boat is 4 days.* Past boats up to 3 weeks.

******* Plan is to spend more time on the water this season.** One problem with living
******* so close to the boat is it is too easy to bail out and go to the dirt house for the*
******* night.********


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Old 01-22-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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RE: How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

While we are prepping the boat for cruising, we leave the dock a half a dozen times during the season here on the Chesapeake. Once we begin cruising we are at the dock maybe a dozen times during the course of one year. Chuck
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RE: How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

Not a live aboard, but if I were, it would probably be*to follow the sun.* That is move south in the winter and north in the summer.* How many do that?

I guess in some areas it would be to follow the fog.* Don't want to leave anyone out.
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How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

Not a true live aboard.... only summertime!
We've only had our trawler for two full seasons. *We brought her home in 2009 from New Hampshire... it was*great fun and quite an adventure, cruising*down the Atlantic coast, then on to New York and up the Hudson and through the New York Canal system to Lake Ontario. *We arrived at our dock in Wilson New York in mid July. *We spent the rest of the summer on board, but didn't plan any lengthy trips.. *taking her out about once a week for short cruises on the lake.

Last summer we were late launching because of a repair to our keel, so we weren't in the water until June 1st. *We spent almost the whole summer on board, but, you guessed it, most of it at the dock. *We had planned a month long trip on Delia Rosa, but because of a problem with dirty fuel, we decided not to stray very far from home. We did manage to take her out almost every week though.


I am looking forward to this season and exploring more new harbors!


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We don't live aboard either (so Phil's original post has been effectively hijacked) but we do go up and stay on it almost every weekend year around. Sometimes only for a day, sometimes for both days.

And we try to take the boat out at least once a month year round, if not more often. Because of my work schedule and what seems to be increasingly windy conditions in the PNW (global warming) we have not been able to take the boat out as much the last couple of winters as we have during the previous ten winters. But we're going to step up the effort to get out more. A two or three-day weekend cruise is generally about 3-4 hours each way to some destination in the islands.

We also have been taking a two or three week cruise in September for the past several years, a practice we intend to continue. When and if I'm ever able to retire, we'll start thinking about a couple of three or four month cruises per year.

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RE: How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

For most boaters, not just liveaboards, it seems that the larger the boat, the fewer short trips.* I agree - good intentions abound, but the reality is, that especially when you liveaboard, it is generally a PITA to go out for anything but the longer trips.*

I go out for a about a week every month (except Nov-Feb) and at least 6 weeks in the summer.* Work is still getting in the way of any longer stays off the dock.* For the afternoon getaways....I've got a 22ft Pocket Rocket - it's a blast!* 5 min prep and you're sailing.*

All boats are compromises ie. size vs convenience.* The way I figure it - staying on the boat at the dock is still way more enjoyable than being stuck on dirt.
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RE: How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

I go for out 8 to 10 weekend trips during the season. Somtimes just short trips to anchor out.* I have a 13' RIB with a 50hp that we use a lot to fish or just go for a ride. From Dec to Mar, we stay in the slip, extra lines and fenders and a christmas tree. I plan to do some week long trips this summer. The Cheseapeke bay has a lot of good short trip places to visit.
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We lived aboard for 5 years. We were in that minority that used their boat more when we lived aboard. the neat thing about living aboard and using your boat is you already have everything you need....no need to "pack" for a trip. You just untie the lines and go....your home and everything that constitutes home is on board. I find it funny when you don't live aboard and you are just gonna go overnight for 1 night, somehow you manage to spend about $200 on groceries and you pack all your stuff and it takes 3-5 dock cart loads to get all of your crap on board that you are going to use/consume for the next 24 hours....AND THEN YOU END UP EATING OUT!!!!!! Amazing.
So to reiterate, we just traveled and took our house with us. It was quite convenient!!!

Now we have our boat in my avatar. *We use it quite extensively as well...but mostly on a day trip basis.


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We lived aboard for 5 years. We were in that minority that used their boat more when we lived aboard. the neat thing about living aboard and using your boat is you already have everything you need....no need to "pack" for a trip. You just untie the lines and go....your home and everything that constitutes home is on board. I find it funny when you don't live aboard and you are just gonna go overnight for 1 night, somehow you manage to spend about $200 on groceries and you pack all your stuff and it takes 3-5 dock cart loads to get all of your crap on board that you are going to use/consume for the next 24 hours....AND THEN YOU END UP EATING OUT!!!!!! Amazing.
So to reiterate, we just traveled and took our house with us. It was quite convenient!!!


Now we have our boat in my avatar. *We use it quite extensively as well...but mostly on a day trip basis.


-- Edited by Baker on Sunday 23rd of January 2011 02:38:18 PM
********* I know exactly what you mean about packing and over planning for an overnite trip.* And then stopping somewhere and eating out!!

********* I thought you would be boatless by now, was not there a possibility of a sale?

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There was a possibility but I don't think it is gonna happen. It is not officially terminated, but it likely will be by tomorrow afternoon....
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Baker,

Sorry to hear that.* I was thinking you might become a 34t owner*soon.
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Live aboard for 9 years and we try to get away every two weeks weather and business permitting. In the winter its a little more difficult as the weather can be brutal.
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RE: How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

I have lived aboard for 15 years and over time the short trips have become fewer.
Once I used to go out fishing, over night or for a couple of days every couple of weeks.
Now we seem to head off in the winter for 3 to 5 months and the rest of the year , one trip to the boat yard and possibly 2 to 3 short 1 week trips away.
May be I will pick up my time away with more off work time.
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We lived on the little 34 footer almost all of 2009 while we were house hunting. This included my wife and I in the aft cabin and sister-in-law in the forward cabin. *Very cozy, but then you add in the three dogs (one a hundred + pounder) and it was a little cramped, especially when it was raining.

I found we took the boat out four times that year, and all short trips (less than 6 hours each). *I always found everything I thought was secured loose and in the middle of the boat while underway, so we limited the festivities.


Now that we're on land again, we took the boat out in 2010 about twenty-five times; fishing, sight-seeing or whale watching. I expect to take her out more this year if the weather cooperates!


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RE: How ofter do live aboard leave the dock

ive only lived aboard for 1 years and have left the dock about 10 times, 4 of wich were to move to a different dock, my reason is I run TowBoatU.S. in rochester so Im out on the water every day and doesnt leave me much time to enjoy the trawler. Hopefully ill do a few trips this year tho.
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Being a live aboard for 14 years, we are on and use the boat every day, so we tend not to take the big boat away from the dock but we do use the run about and dinks most summer days, and trips are mostly by vehicle and plane.* Seems like every year we leave the dock less and less.

Last year we left the dock 4 times!* 1 time to turn the boat around so we took a 2 hour cruise, 2 times with family/friends for 2 to 4 hour, and 1 time because the marina made us move to another slip for 2 months so we took the boat out for a couple of hours.*
Inquiry*** what is the main reason for not going out more often?* Is it a matter of prep time? Is it the interior or exterior that takes more time to get ready to go out.
Is*your boat now just a*"house" that sits in the water that has become to much of a hassle to take out, or is it still a*boat that you just happen to live on but can't seem to get her out more often?* Is there a way to simplify the "going out" procedure so that you can get out more often?
I had some friends that lived on a 36ft sailboat in Half Moon Bay, with two toddlers and didn't go out for a year. When we went to visit they begged us to stay and help them take the boat out. It took them half the day to get the boat ready, and when we went out it was only for about an hour. They had plans on circumnavigating and wound up selling the boat and getting a divorce.* Pretty ugly situation.* I plan on staying on board for*extensive*periods of time and would like to learn from you guys how to avoid becoming a "dock queen"* (with respect).**So what is it*mostly that keeps you tied up?* KJ

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"It took them half the day to get the boat ready, and when we went out it was only for about an hour."

This is the common lament of most liveaboards, the vessel is used as a house , not as a boat.

As a liveaboard I too had to fight the trend.

As a bachelor the boat was sailed much more on days off , and a fall vacation was always easy to bid , and get.

The biggest party was New Years day , when we would go out to wave at all the Marine Motorists , that would be another 4 months to engine start time.
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"Inquiry*** what is the main reason for not going out more often?* Is it a matter of prep time? Is it the interior or exterior that takes more time to get ready to go out."



Although we are only "summer" liveaboards, we wanted to make sure that we could take Delia Rosa out as often as possible and with as little fuss as possible.


To that end, *we have a very specific routine that we follow before we leave the dock. We do all the usual things re checking the fluids, instruments, engines, electrics, gearing, thrusters etc... and because we usually let the engines warm up for at least 20 minutes, we have ample time to go through our check list and make the boat ready - including removing the mooring cover on the upper helm, all the window covers on the lower helm and unhooking the electric power to the dock. We always use seven dock lines (2 at the bow, 2 at the stern, 2 spring and 1 breast line) which can take a little time to sort out but at least with our wide side decks I can deal with the lines on my own while Dan continues with his checklist. * We have attached extra fenders to the dock so that now we no longer need to spend time fiddling with them. * All in all, it takes us about 30 minutes from start to finish.


The other big factor is of course the weather. *If it doesn't cooperate, we don't go out. *Our trawler is well built, and we have all the gear that would keep us safe in bad weather, but we bought the trawler to enjoy spending time on her and being out with her in bad weather isn't much fun!


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Phil Fill wrote:

Being a live aboard for 14 years, we are on and use the boat every day, so we tend not to take the big boat away from the dock but we do use the run about and dinks most summer days, and trips are mostly by vehicle and plane.* Seems like every year we leave the dock less and less.

Last year we left the dock 4 times!* 1 time to turn the boat around so we took a 2 hour cruise, 2 times with family/friends for 2 to 4 hour, and 1 time because the marina made us move to another slip for 2 months so we took the boat out for a couple of hours.*
Inquiry*** what is the main reason for not going out more often?* Is it a matter of prep time? Is it the interior or exterior that takes more time to get ready to go out.
Is*your boat now just a*"house" that sits in the water that has become to much of a hassle to take out, or is it still a*boat that you just happen to live on but can't seem to get her out more often?* Is there a way to simplify the "going out" procedure so that you can get out more often?
I had some friends that lived on a 36ft sailboat in Half Moon Bay, with two toddlers and didn't go out for a year. When we went to visit they begged us to stay and help them take the boat out. It took them half the day to get the boat ready, and when we went out it was only for about an hour. They had plans on circumnavigating and wound up selling the boat and getting a divorce.* Pretty ugly situation.* I plan on staying on board for*extensive*periods of time and would like to learn from you guys how to avoid becoming a "dock queen"* (with respect).**So what is it*mostly that keeps you tied up?* KJ

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-- Edited by KJ on Wednesday 26th of January 2011 02:29:04 PM
Actually its a little of all of the above.


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We bought the Eagle to be a dock condo down town Seattle as my wife worked down town, I was going through a transition, planned to take the boat out only for few events, and NO plans to be a live a board.* We bought it as it was big, great price but most of all my wife wanted it.* I was not very happy with her choice at the time.


*
But we still had the 19 ft run about and the 28 ft Rienell to play with.* We been boating for 30+ years around the PNW, Puget Sound, San Juan Island and Canadian Islands so we been there done that sever time.* So unless it was a special event and/or we have guests, we stayed tied to the dock.* If its just Debe and me, we do the same thing we usually do tied to the dock.* *


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The boating season in the PNW is from May through September.* Most years July though September, and most week ends are taken up and our vacations are to visit family.* From July through August we have grandchildren which require being on land before the drive us crazy.* During the summer months we have the 19 ft run, the 12 ft Livingston, the 12 ft sailing/rowing dink, which we take out and use most days. For fishing, crabbing, water sport, and running around the Eagle is too big, and its easier to take the smaller boats.


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To get the Eagle ready to leave the dock usually before the exterior has to be wash to get the bird poop and dirt off so guest do not get dirty, the interior need to be pick up/stowed, vacuum and dust/polished, which takes 4 to 6 hours.* Then of course when we get back to the dock have to unpack/stow stuff which takes about 2 hours.


*
As we are getting older the Eagle is getting to be a little to big for me to single hand, my wife will take the helm when it on auto pilot, and docking she stands on the front deck telling me what to do.* Lately I find cruising is boring/stressful and in a couple of hour have had enough and ready head back to the dock.* Most of our family, friends and neighbors have their own boat, and trying to match schedules is almost impossible.


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Lastly I like to varnish/paint, maintain the Eagle as she is the first on the dock and seen/viewed.* I also like to take the*run about, and dinks as they are tied off the bow and stern and the motor*cycle is outside the*gate.*The Eagle is a great live aboard and was design as a long range capable cruising, which we are not quite there yet. When we do the Eagle will be the mother ship to carry/tow all the stuff to the next anchorage/dock.* 14 years is a long time to be a live aboard, and we been talking about being dirt people again at least part of the year.


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