As a follow up to this thread:
I wanted to post an update.
It's been a month and a few days since we moved the boat into the marina and decided to move aboard, and its been a lot of up's and down's, a lot of fun days and a lot of stressful days.
It's taken a bit of time, but as I've crawled around and learned where everything is and how everything works, I've gotten a lot more comfortable being on the boat. Repairing the holding tank, and replacing the lines in the aft head was the hardest thing I've done so far, but it taught me a lot about the plumbing on the boat. Just sitting
in the different hatches and looking around has taught me a lot.
Yesterday was a VERY good day on the boat. I started out replacing the stereo unit with a new one, and tracing out 20 year old speaker wire. I now have switchable sound between the stateroom, salon, and aft deck. The only two speakers that I do not have sound from are on the bridge, but I'll be trying to run new wire to those pretty soon. Having music wherever I was working was a HUGE
moral boost! I also unclogged the aft sink drain, repaired the shower door, fixed one of the wooden stairs, and cleaned out my strainers. I ended up with the dreaded HPF error on my aft A/C again, but because of the help I received here on TF, I knew it was air in the line. I took the discharge line off the pump, started the unit, blew the air out, and reconnected the line and all was well.
We're also starting to get used to some of the things we initially didn't like about the boat. Like the stairs up the transom, and down into the salon. Now that we're getting used to them, they aren't so bad. Also, now that the weather is starting to cool off and the A/C systems have been able to keep up, its been WAY more comfortable on the boat.
Living in the marina has also been very good for our activity level as well. We find ourselves out for walks more, of course swimming in the pool, and generally just being more active. We had out first official live aboard cookout last Saturday with all of our dock neighbors, and that was tremendous fun. Someone always starts the BBQ pit around 6:30pm each Saturday and everyone brings their own meat and we all eat together. It's a great sense of community.
I realize how most of the concerns in my original thread were just worries, and we are finally at the point where those worries were worthless. We are both feeling very positive these days about our decision, and the enjoyment level is always increasing.
While its been a bit more of a stressful transition from house to RV, moving aboard is starting to prove itself as a very worthwhile decision. I can't wait until we take our home for our first weekend cruise somewhere!