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Old 04-05-2016, 02:18 PM   #41
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$50k per year likely = less expensive boat
less expensive boat likely = toilet with holding tank (instead of system such as Lectrasan)
Holding tank = frequently waste pump-outs

That for me would probably be the deal killer. My last boat had a holding tank and I tried not to use it too much so that I wouldn't have to pump out all the time. My new one has a fancy toilet where I don't have to worry about it!

Seriously, that needs to be a consideration before you sign up to live aboard. I agree with the others that suggest renting first.
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Old 04-05-2016, 02:22 PM   #42
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Have you considered going somewhere you think you might like to live and renting a houseboat for 2-3 weeks to get a taste of what it would be like to have no other home to go to? A week wouldn't be long enough...you need to experience what it's like to run out of fresh water because you forgot to refill the tank...toilets that flush into a tank (NOT the same tank!) that has to be pumped out instead of going overboard or into a sewer...carrying a load of groceries down a wet slippery dock in a downpour... And those are just the FUN parts of living aboard!
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Mr. 89. I agree with the rental of a small boat for an extended period of time for a trial BUT you could probably experience the same by:

1) Pick the largest closet in your house and clean it out well.

2) Into the now empty closet place a telephone (a cell will do), well used contents of a gym bag, a recently used gas can (empty but open), two loaves of bread (nope, you're NOT going to eat these, it's the least expensive source of mold for the experiment), an electric space heater, a radio set between stations (for the static) on low volume, an alarm clock set to go off at random times, a 1 gallon milk jug filled with water with several pin holes in the bottom, a bucket of gravel distributed evenly over all of the above items and your bedding or a sleeping bag.

3) Cover all of the above with a folding card table upon which you will place the empty gas can, the leaky milk jug (be sure and re-fill it on a regular basis), the space heater and the radio-both set on random timers. (hint: you will be sleeping under the table).

4) Take all of the light bulbs in your house out.

5) Every four or five days, throw a tray of ice cubes onto the table.

6) Do all your washing-up in the back yard with your garden hose in a bucket. Shower and shave there as well. Use cold water.

7) Have a neighbor call you on the phone at random times every 4 or 5 days and yell "Your boat is sinking!" or "Hurricane!". At such times you will be required to get up and run around your house 5X in underwear and bare feet. IF you happen to be away from your house you must return home and perform the above exercise.

8) Turn off the water supply to your toilet and refill with a bucket after flushing. Bucket must be filled from garden hose.

9) Live in your closet for a month with the door closed.

IF you can do this, you can easily live aboard.
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Old 04-05-2016, 03:41 PM   #44
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That's FUNNY, RT, bit I think you're confusing a houseboat with a sailboat. (One of my favorite definitions of sailboat living compares taking a shower to locking yourself in a very small closet with a very wet dog!

Houseboats are essentially floating mobile homes. Newer ones can actually be quite luxurious--and also have quite luxurious price tags! Older ones are considerably more spartan, but also have much more spartan price tags. Renting 40-60' RV and living in it for 3-4 weeks would be close enough to to houseboat living to give him an idea of what it would be like.
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Greetings,
Ms. HM. Not confused at all. Re-read my LAST comment.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:13 PM   #46
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Hey RTF and Peggy, you both forget about the bag of money and the paper shredder...where you shred at least 1 one hundred dollar bill a day....on top of all known expenses!!!!
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:58 PM   #47
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The person who came up with
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I don't think JJ has clarified whether he really means what we think of as a houseboat... or just a boat of some sort where he can live aboard?


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Old 04-05-2016, 06:47 PM   #49
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Over 40' one must spell it "BOATT"
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I thought I'd add a few thoughts since I find myself in a situation similar to that of jj89. Late last year I suddenly found myself with plenty of time, enough money, and the freedom to shake things up. Living aboard and cruising has been a romantic notion of mine for years, but my interest has come and gone in waves. I suppose that's partly due to lack of freedom and opportunity to give it a try, but I have to admit my passion hasn't been complete and continuous.

When I realized this was actually something I could do *right now*, I started researching boats. I was ready to fly to LAX to look at that beautiful Kadey Krogen 42 "Stout" when I decided to slow down and take a more measured approach. The thought of wasting gobs of cash by buying, maybe fixing and outfitting, and then selling a boat after I decide this isn't for me was daunting. I decided I needed a trial run.

I instead bought a 19' x 8' travel trailer and moved in. I'm two months in and loving every minute of it. I am now convinced that the small space suits me fine, and I'm learning what I need and what I can live without. I can certainly live without a house, and I feel absolutely liberated now that it doesn't demand my attention. In fairness, a condo would give me the same feeling.

The next step is to charter a couple of boats. I'm thinking a skippered boat so I can have someone show me what it's like to manage and maintain the boat. I'll even charter a sailboat to confirm my preference for a trawler.

Finally, there's the "stuff." I'm about the same age as jj89, so I imagine he also has some "stuff." My "stuff" includes antique furniture from my family, so I won't ever be without storage ashore. The cost is minimal and it allows me to reconfigure my floating "stuff" to meet my lifestyle needs.

To jj89 I say go for it. If you're not convinced it's for you, consider a trial run in an RV or a travel trailer. The systems are similar, particularly in their limitations. The cost of changing your mind will likely be five or ten times cheaper than changing your mind about a boat. Another advantage is living in the RV or trailer as you go around looking at boats. I think that will take some time pressures off of me when I am ready. Good luck!
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. Mr. n. That's a dandy idea I would have never thought of. Thanks.
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Its already been mentioned to live in a small trailer RV. We live 6 month on the boat in the pnw warmer summer months and 6 month in our 35 ft motor home down south in the colder winter months. Both are very some what the same as they both of limited space, storage, water, sanitation, refrigeration, heat, rock/move and sounf the same in the weather, have very little insulstion. Of course you will have to walk around the rv park to simulate walking the dock to the boat.

if you can live in a rv for a long period of time, you might be able to be a live aboard. We have had very little problems switching from one to the other. The only thing I miss with the rv is having a boat as we are towing a vehicle. So occasionally have to go on on or rent one.
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" If you're not convinced it's for you, consider a trial run in an RV or a travel trailer. The systems are similar, particularly in their limitations."

One of the delights of boating that can not easily be sampled in a camper is the delight of living on the hook. (anchored out)

No neighbors equals no compromises , no noisy dock parties , or any other hassles.

Boats ventilate well when set free of the dock , so just being in some pretty place as nature rotates the boat with wind or tide is a delight.

The hard part is having a great std of living , heat is easy , but refrigeration is always an expensive hassle.

One can easily live "off grid", my 50 ft launch has no noisemaker or dockside AC power hose , and we can live easily noise & stench free for a 6 month summer on the hook.

With a dink for supplies and an occasional dockside for water and poop pump out.

The cost is minor as long as you don't require air cond or sat TV.

Campers are frequently 20 ft apart, weekdays in many places you will "own" the harbor.
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What else would be pertinent to helping me make a decision? This is good stuff, guys (and girls). Keep it coming![/QUOTE]

Peace and quiet. Bunch of friends in marina. You can say "hey" to a stranger and do not get beat up or shot.
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Peace and quiet. Bunch of friends in marina. You can say "hey" to a stranger and do not get beat up or shot.
That is a good point. People living aboard generally have similar interests so you are likely to bond more quickly than your neighbors in a dirt house. I have made life long friends from boat neighbors. I don't think I can say that about the neighbors in my dirt neighborhood. Everyone in my dirt neighborhood is ......."weird"!!!!!
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That is a good point. People living aboard generally have similar interests so you are likely to bond more quickly than your neighbors in a dirt house. I have made life long friends from boat neighbors. I don't think I can say that about the neighbors in my dirt neighborhood. Everyone in my dirt neighborhood is ......."weird"!!!!!
Yup my dirt neighbors are weird also.
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Yup my dirt neighbors are weird also.
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