Originally Posted by FHDreamer
I am a newbie to boating. I have never owned a boat and as such I have joined up to absorb all the knowledge that I can from you more experienced boaters. I have been contemplating living a "Tiny House Lifestyle" for several years and have only just now thought about going tiny onboard a boat instead.
Cheers Mary and welcome to Trawler Forum. In answer to your query about living near the North Pole, or as some like to call it, Friday Harbor (insert laughter) I know nothing. I'm in Florida and rather like it. Except for the heat, humidity, mosquitoes, noseeums, alligators, snakes and bears, what's not to like?
I'd suggest you start with Boat Life 101 -- and a week or so ago I posted an article on that very topic. It points you toward books, resources and Stuff-to-Know before spending big bucks.
Article here: Janice142 article Learning about Life Afloat (a checklist)
I wrote that for a friend who is considering purchase of a yacht. He's had experience on smaller boats and wants to try life afloat. Helping him get up to speed so he has enough knowledge to decide if this for him was the purpose of the piece.
The suggestion to charter with a captain was excellent. A week won't tell you if this is definitely for you, however it ought to tell you if it is not.
Anyway, I wish you all the best Mary.
This life really is spectacular. I like it.