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Old 05-03-2020, 09:28 PM   #1
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I'm back on land!

I lived aboard full time from October of 2018 to January of 2020 in Boston. I had a blast and have no regrets! But being a full timer up here is tough....

Winters are brutal. I closed on my new home in late January and love being back on land.

Boat size is also critical. If I was on a 60 footer with diesel heat, stabilizers and at least 100 amps of power then it'd be a different ball game! I'll definitely reconsider living aboard again in the future.

Also being single was a factor too. Now I'm in a serious relationship and living aboard wasn't the right chemistry for us.

NO REGRETS THOUGH!!!! Ill cherish my liveaboard adventures for life. I met some great people and made some amazing friendships. I'll be 40 soon...glad I did it. Yolo
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Old 05-03-2020, 10:30 PM   #2
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Well done and Congratulations on your new dirt home, SoH!

I agree with your observations; we lived aboard for six months, and there are parts that are fun, parts that are challenging but fun, and it can be brutal when the temps drop below freezing. We only had one freezing night like that in Pensacola. I cannot imagine an entire Boston winter spent living aboard!

I remember being impressed when you sold your Camano and bought the Silverton. Now you can enjoy the best of both worlds, a heated home AND a beautiful boat. And I hope your new significant other shares your love of boating.

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Old 05-04-2020, 03:59 AM   #3
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South of Heaven, you did not mention the size of boat on which you were living. We have lived aboard for four years ( sold dirt home) and have not regretted it one minute. Size of boat is important. We have wintered over in Maryland three times, certainly not New England cold but challenging for heat at times just the same. This winter was mild. We did not see overnights temps below 20 degrees. Just a few times times did the water develop a skim of ice that melted the next day. The other two winters we experienced ice of two to four inches. Anyway, because the water temp never went below 38 degrees, we were able to use the reverse cycle heating to stay warm and toasty all winter. The other two winters we used oil-filled radiators. Resistance heating is very expensive. We live on a DeFever 44.
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Old 05-04-2020, 06:15 AM   #4
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South of Heaven, you did not mention the size of boat on which you were living. .
Check his avatar.
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What avatar? I’m on a phone and there is just his handle, click on that and it goes to nothing useful. So why not just answer the question? How big is his boat?
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Old 05-04-2020, 08:17 AM   #6
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What avatar? Iím on a phone and there is just his handle, click on that and it goes to nothing useful. So why not just answer the question? How big is his boat?

His profile shows that it's a 35' Silverton Motoryacht.
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Old 05-04-2020, 06:35 PM   #7
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Thanks Miz Trom.

Catalina, it's an 2005 Silverton 35 Motoryacht. Great boat! And a large amount of interior volume for a 35 footer. But still a little tight for full timing it.

I definitely love the idea of living aboard though and will definitely revisit it in the future.
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Old 05-04-2020, 06:46 PM   #8
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Sorry you will have to delete your TF account, this is a 30 days advance notice lol (joking of course).

If you got what makes you happy so what, just enjoy!

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We have a PT 35 aft deck or a Polaris35 here in Australia. At the moment we are living aboard as the borders are closed between NSW and WA where we live when not on the boat. At the moment we are looking at being on board over the winter and this morning as I write this it is 10c so well rugged up. We are on the hook so no heating but plenty of warm clothes. Will be interesting to see how we go Quite comfortable for the two of us plus our Samoyed Lexy who is always up for a cuddle
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Old 05-05-2020, 06:12 PM   #10
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I wintered over in Minnesota in a 32 foot Chris, on land. I could stay warm with a space heater. I ended up closing off everything but a small 10 X 10 living area. Packed the windows with insulation, etc.

The worst part was getting on and off with a couple inches of fresh snow. Very slippery.

It was OK but really not a good experience.

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Old 05-05-2020, 08:34 PM   #11
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Sorry you will have to delete your TF account, this is a 30 days advance notice lol (joking of course).

If you got what makes you happy so what, just enjoy!

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Well my happiness comes and goes quick...I change cars, boat's and even houses every couple of years! I get sick of things quick! 1st World problems, ya know?
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Well my happiness comes and goes quick...I change cars, boat's and even houses every couple of years! I get sick of things quick! 1st World problems, ya know?
Lol I understand. I am at the opposite spectrum, my car is 15 years old (but pristine) and should last at least 10 more years, I want to own only 1 boat, and I have same house for 18 years and expect to change only once til I bite the dirt.
I am buying and using tools that are older than my grand mother.
I still wear T-shirt I bought almost 30 years ago.
And I don't even talk about my panties lol

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I lived in Nome, under an overturned Caribe 10' dinghy with a can of sterno for heat. It was not ideal.
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I lived in Nome, under an overturned Caribe 10' dinghy with a can of sterno for heat. It was not ideal.
Umm....what??? For how long?
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Welcome back to land! I wouldn't have lasted so long through Boston winters, methinks. My clumsy ass would have slipped off the dock, and I'd have burned her to the waterline in frustration, lol.

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Sterno? You were lucky! When I were a lad, we had to light our hair on fire to keep warm. We didn't mind. All nine hundred of us in an empty spam tin. We were 'appy!

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Glad you gave it a go.

I am in NYC area. Was considering the purchase of a 36 Albin as a live aboard. It needs a ton of work, but I have redone a few boats, so I feel comfortable with the work.

I am negotiating with the guy now. He has to come down a bunch for the numbers to line up.

I figured with the uncertainty of the economy, it made sense to have a “fallback plan” in case the economy turtles and I can’t afford Manhattan rent. And if the economy stays good, I’ll always have a great boat.

I have been wanting to do this for a while. Figures now makes the most sense.

Welcome back to land. Certainly inspirational.
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Lived aboard for 4 years (Caribbean, Mediterranean). Loved it and overwintered in BVI, Barcelona and Kemer, Turkey. I would do it again in an instant - but ONLY in warm climates. Winter in all 3 of those locations was as warm or warmer than a summer in the PNW!
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Alliske, You picked the perfect boat. Great bones even if they do need work, (don't they all?)

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Glad you gave it a go.

I am in NYC area. Was considering the purchase of a 36 Albin as a live aboard. It needs a ton of work, but I have redone a few boats, so I feel comfortable with the work.

I am negotiating with the guy now. He has to come down a bunch for the numbers to line up.

I figured with the uncertainty of the economy, it made sense to have a ďfallback planĒ in case the economy turtles and I canít afford Manhattan rent. And if the economy stays good, Iíll always have a great boat.

I have been wanting to do this for a while. Figures now makes the most sense.

Welcome back to land. Certainly inspirational.
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