Greetings All --
My partner Cherie and I are full-time traveling technomads, software
developers, and travel bloggers - and we are looking forward to moving onto the water
as our next adventure and are trying to find our ideal floating home.
We already know how to live together in a small space - our current
trailer is a 17' long fiberglass
When it comes to boats, we aren't afraid of older, or small.
We do however need to find a boat that will provide for a comfortable space for two geeks to live and work in, especially considering we spend 4 to 20 hours a day working on our laptops.
So far the idea of spending all that time down inside a monohull
with no view just isn't very appealing. Maybe something with a pilothouse...
Catamarans on the other hand just seem like a better fit in almost every possible way. Now we are seeking some boat recommendations.
We went to the Miami boat show
last year and were underwhelmed with most of what we saw - boats intended for the charter
market seem to be a poor fit for us, and that was seemingly all that was on display.
We don't want something huge, with four bedrooms and two or more bathrooms. We do want space to have longterm guests join us, but primarily it will be just the two of us and our cat.
We are overall novices when it comes to boats larger than hobie cats, so we are hoping to tap into the wisdom of the forums
to better figure out what we want.
We blogged about our initial boat wish-list here: Boat Wanted | Tales from Technomadia
As for price
- unless our next iPhone
app is a huge hit, we are looking in the $50k - $150k price
range (including the cost of upgrades and outfitting).
An older boat that has been lived aboard for years and has been well cared for, upgraded, and maintained is ideal for us. We are particularly keen on finding something that will be a good fit for us as our floating office - with a comfortable place for the two of us to spend our days working on our laptops, and with ample solar
power to keep us going without needing to run a generator
. Off-grid autonomy is very important to us.
Boat recommendations that we should look into are MUCH appreciated. I've already heard good things about the Fountaine-Pajot Tobago
. And we were impressed with the Gemini
105mc we toured last year, but it was a bit lacking in some ways, and probably a bit too cramped for full-time living with guests.
What else should be on our shortlist?
- Chris (and Cherie) // Tales from Technomadia