Originally Posted by Laurie58
New person here..I have been reading a lot of info here. Thank you so much.Planning to buy a trawler as soon as I sell my house. My children have left the nest, Soooo...time for Mom to get crazy..I am from South Florida but have been land locked in Ft. Worth to long. I have been looking to liveaboard in the Keys love it there. I have so many questions and hope you all can help me with.. like for example the whole process..lol planning on paying cash for boat and have seen a few I like in my $$$ range. I am widowed so I am learning to do everything on my own. Like is it best to get a broker or wing it on my own. Is there someone out there that can teach me how things work etc. what about hurricanes where do you go? When marinas say liveaboards welcome can you stay for years? Any info would be so helpful..Sorry tried not to sound to needy to you all.
Don't wing it. Speak to several brokers. Find one you feel you can trust. I am sure if you ask there are several on this forum who can recommend someone to you that they trust and have used.
There are several companies and private Captians you can hire to help you out. As someone else already mentioned you might want to try a charter for some experience.
As for Hurricanes, every area is different and so are what your insurance company expects. Some require a written plan with proof of your ability to carry out the plan. Shopping for insurance is something a broker can also help you out with.
Living abroad in a marina should not be an issue. Even for long periods of time. Hard part will be finding one you really want to stay at for a long time. I for one cannot set still long enough to stay somewhere more than 6 months to a year. Just too much out there to see.
Once you find a broker take your time. Look at a lot of boats. The more you look and the more you read the more comfortable you will be making your decision.
Good luck and keep us posted on your journey.