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Unread 03-20-2021, 02:24 PM   #1
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Divorcing the Wife and looking to marry a Trawler.

Kids are grown and we were better parents than a couple. I am working remote and as soon as the house sells buying a Trawler. The market is very tight. Willing to wait into winter to try and find my new home. Any suggestions for a Solo liveaboard Trawler?

Thank you all in advance.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 02:57 PM   #2
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Unread 03-20-2021, 03:09 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard

Ballpark budget?
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Unread 03-20-2021, 03:15 PM   #4
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Unread 03-20-2021, 03:24 PM   #5
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Going to stick around San Fransisco, or do you have dreams of heading north/south?
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Unread 03-20-2021, 03:24 PM   #6
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Not clear will you be living aboard fulltime, if so finding a marina that will take a liveaboard might be harder than finding a boat.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 03:28 PM   #7
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What are you planning on doing with boat?

Cruise? If so, how far? how often? where?

Mostly stationary with little cruising?

I ask, because I would buy different boats depending on my cruising plans.

For liveaboard, I think the biggest space for foot would be an aft cabin layout.

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Unread 03-20-2021, 03:35 PM   #8
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Yes liveaboard is my plan. I have from ventura to San diego to find a livaboard. I have a few options in Sacramento where I work for available liveaboard slip but my daughter is in Long Beach and my son will be returning from Japan to Pendleton so I want to be there.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 03:38 PM   #9
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I am working remotely at least through 2021 and will have to see if I will be able to continue to do this. I retire in 8 years and could livaboard in Sacramento until I retire down there worst case.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 04:46 PM   #10
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Unread 03-20-2021, 04:53 PM   #11
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Find slip availability, then the boat. Finding liveaboard slips in California can be difficult and expensive.

Good luck.

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Unread 03-20-2021, 05:28 PM   #12
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Financially, if you are committed to keeping the boat seaworthy and in good condition, you will start missing the wife after a year, maybe two. Good luck finding a full time liveaboard slip in NorCal. Have you ever spent multiple days on a boat? Only you can determine what is comfortable for you.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 07:49 PM   #13
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Take a look at Delta Marine sales website. They have a Symbol 48 that is next to us at Willow Berm Marina listed. Also there is a Bayliner 4788, both in your price range, Willow Berm has slips and allows live aboards plus you are in freshwater and your slip is covered.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 09:34 PM   #14
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I have heard that some people buy a less than ideal boat for their plans just because it has a transferable slip.

It's all a compromise anyway.

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Unread 03-20-2021, 09:50 PM   #15
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Really depends on how good of an attorney she has actually.
Keep the lawyers out of it
Be grownups and settle amicably and fairly.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 10:51 PM   #16
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Keep the lawyers out of it
Be grownups and settle amicably and fairly.
Takes two people for that too happen. Not always possible.
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Unread 03-20-2021, 11:29 PM   #17
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Find slip availability, then the boat. Finding liveaboard slips in California can be difficult and expensive.

Good luck.

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Critically important advice for much of the west coast. Wait lists for moorage are long. Wait lists for live aboard moorage can be years, many years. Identify which marinas interest you and get on the list even if there is an annual wait list fee. Don't limit yourself to one marina. Befriend the marina office staff. Worst that can happen that way is you buy a dock queen in a hurry to secure the slip when you pop up to the top of the list until you can find the boat for you. The above advice is for you in your working years and if you want in retirement to have a local base for short cruises. For serious cruising without a fixed home port once retired that is an entirely different ball game.
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Unread 03-21-2021, 08:11 AM   #18
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Just a small piece of advice that a friend says he wish he had heard prior to his buying a boat . . . . with a divorce involved.

He told me (and I paraphrase) "Make sure your divorce is finalized before you buy anything expensive, otherwise, you might just end up buying a boat for your ex-wife!"

Personally, going on 33 years of my first and only marriage, I hope I never have to experience the problems many people go through. Best of luck in your new life style!
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Unread 03-22-2021, 09:11 AM   #19
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Our first larger boat was bought from someone who got divorced, took his part of the house $$ and bought a boat. Lived on it for 6 months and hated it after 1. Moved off the boat and into a condo. Left the boat sitting in the marina for 4 years unused, and neglected. He told me it was his biggest financial mistake to date. The monthly fees for the boat, the cost of the boat, and the value dropped by 1/2 due to the condition of the boat when he sold it.

Many are in love with the idea, few are in love with it after a few months.
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Unread 03-22-2021, 10:33 AM   #20
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After 25 years of sitting on the dock watching newly divorced men move on to boats, this is my observations. Three years later they have a new girlfriend who is not into the boat at all. They have moved off the boat and the boat sits there for another 7 years unused sucking up cash.
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