<b>The Out Island can certainly be a commodious live-aboard, but probably not a good choice for a Trans-Atlantic crossing. The O/I is pretty slow, and not particularly sea-worthy. Notwithstanding, I wouldn’t have any qualms about sailing a “good” one throughout the Caribbean.</b>
Oh no! Back to the drawing board!
The Tayana 37
(pilot house) was the other seaworthy
vessel we had been considering. The difficulty here is that I had heard good things about Morgan OIs doing some long distance cruising (trans-atlantic) and was told they were okay for such a trip. There is 1 Tayana 42 that may fit our budget
, so maybe that's something to look into for that initial liveaboard
/ corporate challenge. (got to build that crusing kitty!) Thanks for this input on the boat itself. There are still a few months left for me to keep re-thinking the best boat/equipment
<b>As a “working” (corporate) live-aboard, your second consideration (after the boat) might be the selection of a good Marina. Undoubtably, you will require a marina the provides:
2. Adequate Shore Power
(perhaps 50A 120/240VAC or 2 x 30A 120VAC).
3. Adequate Shore Facilities (phone, cable TV, showers, washrooms, laundry, parking, storage
It’s not really practical to provide your own source(s) of power (diesel gen-set) for long-term heating and etc (as you’ve described your needs), so shore-powered electrical equipment
may be your best interim choice. A moderately sized Diesel Generator
(< 7.5 kW), supplementing (eventual) wind-solar chargers, will probably satisfy your ultimate cruising demands.
You might install a propane stove-oven, for eventual cruising use, but supplement it with an electric Microwave-Convection oven combination unit & a portable electric cook-top (hot plate).
Interesting. Having both systems (propane AND supplemental electric) would have tremendous advantages. Great idea!
You imply a cold-climate location (ice-eater, circulator), so heating & ventilating will be an important winter issue.
The simplest solution to space heating would be portable electric heaters (given sufficient shore-power). Whatever heat source you select, good INSULATION will vastly improve your comfort, and reduce your heating costs.
I agree with the fact that insulation is key. Definitely. My question is regarding electric heaters. I have always read that they are the leading factor in fires aboard boats. In fact, many marinas in my area ban them specifically in their terms of service
agreements. Any thought as to that? We heat our homes here in the north east US with home heating oil
, so I am used to the idea of filling up the tank to heat a place.
An “Instant” Hot Water Heater (tankless electric or propane) might be useful for your DHW needs.
As previously noted, R/O Watermakers are problematic in cold waters (and marinas), so you may have to heat trace (electric heating cable) your raw-water intake (or take other extraordinary measures). You won’t be happy to rely on carrying water from a distant source, so this could be a make-break issue.
BTW: A winter live-aboard marina should be able to provide assured dockside domestic water.
Hmmm.... so it is most imporant to find a good marina. Another interesting point. Several around here are not suited for that purpose since they seem to ban in everywhere. (I'm in New Hampshire, and commute to Exeter, NH) This could very well be the most challenging aspect of the entire project
. I was going to do this "on the sly" by not mentioning that I am living aboard
and just doing it. Maybe I need to re-think that as well.
HTH, and best of luck!
You are embarking on an audacious venture (Corporate Live-Aboard then Cruising)
Thank you so much for the informed response. I take your word as gospel, noting where you are from. (Ontario) If anyone knows winter it's you guys!