Well, I am happy to say, I have decided to purchase
and pursue the live aboard life style permanently. After a long time couch surfing and living on and off my 28ft Spirit, its time to grow up and make a choice...get a live aboard or an apartment. The trick...I have 2 beautiful young kids
. I do own a home that they live in with their mother, my ex wife (well I don't own it, the bank does. I always find the term funny
"home owner". Stop paying your mortgage for 3 months and you'll find out who owns it).
Kind of living on my 28 had some advantage and disadvantages of course. First off, space. Although a 10ft beam (pretty large for 28ft) she didn't have a good galley
, and not even a working ice box! I was working on getting a new compressor
but I've been busy and just use an electric
cooler. Stays cold but man it is a mold
magnet. Have to remove all items every few days and clean it up. The head
is also tiny and I only used it for storage
space as my plan this summer was to repipe all plumbing
. Its old and gross. Haha
Blah blah blah....many things good and bad....
So moving on in my life I decided to buy a larger boat and within hours of the idea, test sailed a few and fell in love with a Hunter
36. Its a 1984, and very well taken care of. I put am offer on her and was accepted, and will therefore take ownership
of her next week.
I am excited and petrified. The additional 9ft is great for living space, but maneuvering her in the harbor is scary. Just her momentum into her slip was impressive. I guess I'll take her motoring and practice back forth into guest slips so I don't harm her. I've seen people tie up fenders to the front of slips to protect the bow from crashing. Maybe I'll do that also.
Well, I'm nervous but very excited. I couldn't believe the handling difference on swells. I feel like she barely rocked on what normally is a bumpy ride!! She has a full dodger
and even granite counter tops! I will miss the tiller.
Now I have to sell my 28ft Spirit, which in all reality, I'm sad about. I wish, but I can't pay 2 slip fees
. She will sell fast I bet, as summer approaches in SoCal.
Anyway, I'm a firm believer in "pics or it didn't happen" so I'll be following up next week with some....