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Old 08-18-2015, 08:14 PM   #1
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Albin 25 as a liveaboard?

Sounds unlikely, I know. Just a thought - I am looking to retire in the next year or 2 but aside from a bit of capital - probably less than $50K or thereabouts depending on the housing market - I will need to rely on an income of about $1600 CDN monthly (pre tax). I have been looking into such places as Panama highlands but it just struck me - browsing the liveaboard threads on various boating forums - that one of my few assets is an Albin 25 in good shape with the MD17C that just keeps on ticking.

Since it seems I will have to strike out on my own as a single I am ruminating about how far south I could ultimately get in this little boat. I would love to tie up on the coast of central America and eke out my final years with minimal overhead and what would then become a decent income level.

Is this thought just completely insane?
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:16 PM   #2
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...Is this thought just completely insane?
Probably....but WTH!
I see no reason you couldn't do it?
Go for it!
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:19 PM   #3
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Good enuff fer me!
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The wife and I discussed the possibility of living aboard a sub 30' boat, our Owens would be tight. Janice lives on her 23' Seaweed and enjoys it. Plenty of singles cruising small sailboats too so why not?

It helps that the wife and I are avowed minimalists. Diesel powered Albin 25 with aft cabin seems a brilliant choice IMO.
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Thanks for the encouragement Craig. But what do you think about the crossing?
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Thanks for the encouragement Craig. But what do you think about the crossing?

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2..._to_the_Amazon
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Greetings,
Mr. S. "But what do you think about the crossing?" What crossing? If Central America is your destination, you could easily stay within 5 miles of land or closer no matter where you started in North America. Albin 25. Single occupant. Some $$. What's not to like?
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Of course you could do it. Any boat is capable of going anywhere within the shorter of

A. Its fuel enfurance
B. The 72 hour accurate forecast window.

All you'll need is patience. You will find yourself in port on days when others with larger, more capable boats are able to venture forth, but you could easily make it down the coast.

How far, I do not know, but for sure since you are on the east voast you could make it all around the great loop. 20 something thousand miles to explore there.

I've always thought that for a single guy a boat about that size would be really nice to do the great loop in.
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Exactly RT! My point with the book link was to point out that far smaller craft have achieved far greater distance with twice as many folks aboard. I've shared these photos before as representative of what the wife and I are considering for a custom build.

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The size of the boat has nothing to do with the size of the adventure.
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Greetings,
Mr. S. "But what do you think about the crossing?" What crossing? If Central America is your destination, you could easily stay within 5 miles of land or closer no matter where you started in North America. Albin 25. Single occupant. Some $$. What's not to like?
Agreed!
That's exactly what I was thinking. Actually looked at a few maps before I made my WTH remark

Just follow the coastline....
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living on just about any cabin boat is better than homeless...which a lot of people manage.


if you can afford to pay the overhead which many say can be around $500-$1000 a month if careful...enjoy the life!
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I think you should try it for a while. You already have it, know its condition and you can always bail out if it doesn't work out. The Albin 25 is a better live aboard than many 35' boats. I owned one with the intention of relaxed cruising but soon realized I was too large for it! 6'4, 280lbs doesn't do well on the Albin for extended periods. I still think it is one hell of a boat! Bought and paid for in your situation is great. I bet you'll have money left over at the end of the month. Keep us posted on this adventure. Janice on Seaweed is doing the same type of adventure VERY successfully! She would probably be open to suggestions and a moral support. Good luck!
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In 03 Chris and I went to Alaska and back on our Albin 25. 68 days aboard. The Albin is very good in the rough weather w the exception of a nasty snap roll. I don't do it in my Willard but I bumped my head and other body parts quite often in the Albin.
The boat's design is very very well thought out. A good mod for a liveaboard would be to build a wheelhouse over the center cockpit. I've seen it done on a number of A25s in the PNW.
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Good to hear an encouraging word! I am comfortable with the prospect of living aboard the A25 for an extended period. I would probably add a third battery and a fridge and some solar panels, stay with 12V. But looking at the map, jumping from Key West over to Yucatan seems vastly more appealing than the great circle around the Gulf of Mexico. One reason being the lower cost of living once out of the US. But perhaps that direct route is too chancy for a coastal cruiser. I need to hear from those who have made that crossing to learn the difference between adventure and dumb.
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335 nautical miles means at least three days in open water. Add autohelm and coffee to the budget!
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Isn't the Albin 8'6" beam? You could always put it on a trailer and drag it through Mexico. Then sell the boat and trailer and cruise from the Yucatan south.
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If the OP looks anything like his avatar, the proposed venture will be a piece of cake.

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Good to hear an encouraging word! I am comfortable with the prospect of living aboard the A25 for an extended period. I would probably add a third battery and a fridge and some solar panels, stay with 12V. But looking at the map, jumping from Key West over to Yucatan seems vastly more appealing than the great circle around the Gulf of Mexico. One reason being the lower cost of living once out of the US. But perhaps that direct route is too chancy for a coastal cruiser. I need to hear from those who have made that crossing to learn the difference between adventure and dumb.
There is no reason to take your boat from Key West to Mexico. That is in my opinion farther than you need to or should venture offshore.

Why not enjoy the ICW along the way. You would be missing the entire Gulf Coast and all it has to offer. Cajun food for one!

Leave the USA at BrownsVille, TX. No open water. ICW cruising at its best.
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