I remember as a child climbing onto a big fishing
boat full of strangers and going out catching blue fish
off the coast of New Jersey
. I remember for the first hour loving it, but then feeling cold, and sick, and tired from the heavy fish
, lack of sleep, and seasickness. But as a teenager I went on a few smaller boats with friends and family
. Even though I became slightly seasick, I fell in love. Especially when that engine
turned off and you can just be totally free. The world suddenly does not matter, only you and the sea. What a feeling looking up to the stars, the fresh air, and fishing! Ive had dreams of going boating
but threw them away at the cost of also owning a boat -and- an apartment -and- a car. The thought of living on one never occurred to me.
I really seriously considered doing it today when the neighbor said, "What the hell are you doing." When he saw me leaning on a post off the porch dreaming of looking over the ocean.
I recently moved out of a big studio right outside of the city and moved to a small room in upstate NY right off the Hudson
river. I have a love for minimalism and a sense of pride that I can live off so little. I have a hot plate, a microwave, a minifridge(which I guess I can do without if I knew what to eat!), my laptop
, my books
, and my clothing
. I found that I sleep much better in a hammock so that saves more space. I don't need much else. I stopped driving the car and drive a small rice rocket. I spend 75 miles a gallon in transportation, insurance
, and rent are all very cheap
. All together it costs me $1000 a month to survive even though I make enough to live much more lavishly. I pride minimalism (and it has nothing to do with me wanting to boat)
I am in the process of setting the goal to move into a boat, and I am a very visual goal setter so I am looking for pictures. Preferably of the type of vessel I intend to sail. I have done some reading but would like additional advice. Let me list some criteria of what I'm looking for and little about myself and perhaps I can get some feedback.
I am 24 years old and single
and would like to live aboard on my own and be in total control of my own destiny. Because of this I don't need much space. (And I sleep in a hammock which hangs off of one hook when not in use) But I do like to bring overnight guests (girls or a friend or two) Must be a sailboat. Sea worthiness is important to me. When I invest in a boat I like to know that I can travel to family
, family in New jersey
, or anywhere in the world! I am young and love to mountain climb and socialize from time to time(I also run a business), to a mountain or driving downtown if I am in Miami
or Virginia or NY is very important to me so I was wondering if there was any small boats that I can park my little 250cc (350pound) motorcycle on when I go from marina to marina. I would then take it off and keep it in the marina parking lot until I make another move. Because I am sailing alone it needs to be a boat that I can travel alone in. If I need helpers to sail then I'm stuck. Also I don't like to spend all my time maintaining a large boat. From what I have read smaller boats are easier to maintain. I can Live without a fridge, but I have not figured out how yet.
1. Small sail boat (25-35)
2. One person can live on, sail, and easily maintain. (not a lot of storage
3. Is sea worthy. (Mono-hull?)
4. Can park my motorcycle in when traveling from marina to marina.
5. Can run my laptop
and be able to eat lots of food
without spending too much time in the galley(?). Yea I eat two mouths worth of grub.
I don't like the cheap
plastic look inside many liveaboards and love that old wooden style with that awesome wooden steering wheel
. Metal ones look cheap and remind me of oceanic horror flicks. But I imagine those concerns are easily fixable with a few trips to Lowe's.
As far as what it is made out of, I don't care, whatever is seaworthy
and easy to maintain! Exterior does not matter to me much so long as it looks neat. (As in not messy)
Costs? Im going to budget
about $2000 a month for total income
(passive from my business and real estate). Initial costs I would like to be around $25,000 MAX.
Any feedback? And what should I look for?