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Old 12-24-2016, 04:12 PM   #41
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Thank you very much for your perspective Jeff.
Sounds like you were on a schedule.
We would also be on somewhat of a schedule as the kids would be out of school and things would have to be coordinated for the following years school.
My objective would be to expose the kids to a totally different part of the country in a unique way.
I think it would be a great way to create family memories
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:28 PM   #42
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Not to knock livaboards, but I think I would rather deal with the minimalistic lifestyle on a smaller boat that I can own for the long term. I like the idea of having a land based home to return to. Of course our boat lacks some creature comforts and cruises get interrupted returning home for other obligations, but I am happy for what I have.

If I sold everything to buy a boat I could not afford to keep I would not feel comfortable with it.

We probably won't go as far or stay as long as some folks but we are out there enjoying the lifestyle, at least a slice of it we can digest.

Just my two cents. JohnP
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:47 PM   #43
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To be clear. I never conducted a business transaction with Mr Stokes however he freely gave me the benefit of his valuable insight and advice by telephone on several occasions. Never once caring that I had no intention of purchasing from him at the time. Perhaps as much as anyone else he helped me put feathers on the darts that where my boating aspirations.
Most of the ambassadors of boating have had some business interests in it. I see people cited here all the time and how great they are, some who I even think might be overestimated, but they've all turned their passion for boating into their source of livelihood.
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:53 PM   #44
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Not to knock livaboards, but I think I would rather deal with the minimalistic lifestyle on a smaller boat that I can own for the long term. I like the idea of having a land based home to return to. Of course our boat lacks some creature comforts and cruises get interrupted returning home for other obligations, but I am happy for what I have.

If I sold everything to buy a boat I could not afford to keep I would not feel comfortable with it.

We probably won't go as far or stay as long as some folks but we are out there enjoying the lifestyle, at least a slice of it we can digest.

Just my two cents. JohnP
I think everyone has to find what is right for them and it changes at different times of their lives. We spend so much time on boats, spending about 220 days a year cruising and another 60 boating more locally. You'd think we'd be ideal candidates to live aboard, but our home and the times there with family and friends are something we value too much to do so. There was a time we didn't have that attachment to a home. Had we just left NC and moved onto a boat it might have been different. However, now, we could never give our home in FLL up.

Oh, and what one likes or dislikes, what you find right for you, does not have to in any way make sense or be justifiable.
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i will likely make money or break even on my kk even after spending $37k in upgrades.
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