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Old 08-19-2015, 07:11 PM   #32
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City: St. Petersburg, Florida
Vessel Name: M/V Sherpa
Vessel Model: 24' Vashon Diesel Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2013
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Originally Posted by Tanbark1 View Post
The smaller the boat the bigger the adventure.
Great comment! I've often pondered whether I could live aboard my little 24' trawler. I determined it could be done if I significantly downsized and simplified my life (not a bad thing) but I'd have to live alone. I'd enclose the aft with canvas/sunbrella. I already have A/C, shore power, water, a head, and ample storage. Showers would be a challenge though--perhaps I'd use the marina showers or install a water heater on board and use the aft wash-down sprayer.

Matters I worry about are considerations for a live aboard on any-size boat. What do I do with my family heirlooms, photos, or collections? Where do I go if a hurricane approaches? Where do I stay during haul out and repairs?

I say go for it! Someone else mentioned Janice--she's a great example of someone who has done it successfully on a smaller boat.
“Go small, go simple, go now”
― Larry Pardey, Cruising in Seraffyn
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