You can do it! Honestly!
Just keep in mind (as pointed out before that you will need to take care of your professional wardrobe and other tools for your trade
can be done on the shore, including the ironing...
For acquiring a boat, I have an idea; contact a few marinas
and ask them if they have some derelict vessels lying around. In my experience (in Yurp) there are quite a few harbormasters that have a few on the dry. The owners are behind paying, not responding to calls, having the vessel shredded will cost them even more and so they are happy to get rid of it (YMMV).
Check out "hold fast" and S/Y Pestilence on youtube!
Take a week off to give it a good scrub inside and out. Dont forget the outside! Most of the marinas
don't allow liveaboards de jure, but de facto they are not that reluctant (you are after all a paying customer that just wants to make use of her property a lot
). BUT... if the ship is green and gross you will be certain not to be accepted.
Throw out the old mattresses and cushions
(they are usually rank and smell awful) and replace them. Within a week and a couple of bottles of detergent you will have a splendid (or at least clean) place to live. The rest is up to you.
Once it is in good shape, find a marina and be frank about your ambitions. I would give you a 50/50 chance that they will allow you to pursue your dream. If not... Option #2
Go and find a dockside in an industrious area. Perhaps not your first choice... but hey.. there is a dream to pursue here! Find one with an empty storehouse or something and retrieve the owner. Ask the owner if he/she also owns the dockside and if they would mind you docking
there. Keeping an eye out and all...
No shore power
, no fresh water
, no lockers, but you will find a way around that. (get boxing lessons and shower
there if you need to
) Also check out the red tape
regarding that stretch of water
. You should stay within the law of course. Perhaps not really what you had in mind, but it will save you the docking
fee$ of a marina as well.
Third option. If # 2 failed. After you have looked at the rules and regulations
there you also should know where and how long you can stay moored somewhere at a public mooring
or such. Usually there are places you can stay for 36 hours straight. You could use that as well. Just get out on time to get to the new one and go back and forth. (stay within the law remember)
See if there are places where commercial
boats are allowed to moor for prolonged periods of time. Usually these are in use for freighters that need to abandon the ship for a while (holidays, family
business) Then start a business (consultancy business on CO2-neutral boating
?) and register the ship as part of your business and voila you now own a commercial
boat that can moor with the big guys! Sell off your CO2 emission rights and earn some extra $! Dont ask me
how to do that, you are the CO2 consultant here remember...
(YMMV, depending on tax/red tape/rules/regulations/whatnot)
After one or two years you can buy a better boat if you need to.
Anyway, yes it is possible, very well possible and a very good idea as well! I am planning to do the same (liveaboard now) as you. So I looked into all my possibilities. These are a few of the ones I thought of. It all depends on the sacrifices you are willing to take. But IMHO, if you are not capable of living aboard
like options # 2&3, how are you going to manage once cruising and things go tits up? After all; it is only an adventure when things start to go wrong...
GO FOR IT ! !