Definitely avoid mentioning living onboard. And on slips, there's a lot of info on that on this website. Along with that for the Seattle/Puget Sound area, in the Jan. issue of Northwest Yachting
, Welcome Aboard! - Northwest Yachting
each year they publish a listing of where the slips are in the region. Including who has space, in what sizes, liveaboards or no, POC's, rates, etc.
Also, when looking for slips, sometimes they'll say no to liveaboards in print, & on the phone
, but if you show up looking tidy, & sell yourself, you can find one.
There's also 48 North
magazine, & a few others that are free in the Puget Sound
area. Both in print, & online that might be of assistance. Even Latitude 38
from the SF Bay
Area is worth a look. Besides, it's a good magazine.
Another good resource for all kinds of things boating
, slips, particularly, is www.ActiveCaptain.com
Which perhaps is a bit more current
than the periodicals are. Take a look.
On finance, one stumbling block for you is that I gather that finding loans for boats in the price
range you're looking at can be more difficult than are larger ones. This being due to the fact that such boats are usually older, which the banks aren't wild about. And that the loans for them are a lot smaller, so again, less $ gets made by the banks. As well as that if they have to chase down someone who's borrowed $10k for a boat, sometimes it's cheaper for them to write it off than it is to track down & impound the boat. And then to try to sell it in order to recoup their money
. Since older boats, often not receiving of the best care, are harder to sell. And don't have good resale value for them.
Edit: I just saw this article on financing
boats Ask the Experts: Finance - Northwest Yachting
Originally Posted by HawkOperator
Not to high jack the post, but as an American how do i finance a cruiser out side of the US? I have 20% of the cost 250k? and good credit.
This is one I've wondered about myself. With the question as to how it would work if one moved to Australia
, New Zealand
, the UK, or elsewhere in Europe