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Old 06-06-2014, 14:21   #16
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Re: $200 a year to live on a boat in Alaska

Yeah, it is terrible here, I don't know why anyone would want to live here. Except for me and a few others. There is much to love, but it comes at a price. Nevada doesn't have state income tax, nor does Florida and a few other states. I have been to some of the different "Paradise" spots in the world and they have a price too. It all depends on what your priorities are, if it is warm sunny days and inexpensive produce then look elsewhere.
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Old 06-06-2014, 15:10   #17
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Re: $200 a year to live on a boat in Alaska

Never had bear, are there bear steaks? Are they any good? Are they worth freezing my Bs off for?

Just wondering in case I ever decide to come, in the summer!
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Old 06-06-2014, 15:19   #18
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Re: $200 a year to live on a boat in Alaska

Well, it ain't Alaska, but Newfoundland has some similarities. My aunt made a dinner one night, a big cook up that included, bear, moose caribou, and flipper ( seal.)

Sailing is good with real fjords. Cheap too.
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Re: $200 a year to live on a boat in Alaska

I visited Newfoundland with my parents when I was a kid and hung out with the local Newfie kids. One told me about their Neighbor, she went missing last winter. They found her in the thaw, she was frozen in between two buildings just feet from her front door.

The NWT and Alaska are absolutely gorgeous in July, they have two seasons, July and Winter.
Seriously if you enjoy freedom and really being independent, these are two of the very few places you can still be that way, not much of that left anymore
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................. Seriously if you enjoy freedom and really being independent, these are two of the very few places you can still be that way, not much of that left anymore
Maybe not! 71% of the Earth's surface is covered with water and almost half of the remaining land surface remains wilderness. There's plenty of space to be free and independent. Cruisers excel at finding isolated places. I know of many miles of isolated sandy beaches in Florida where you can spend days alone. Most people tend to cluster in the dense population areas and almost exclusively where roads are close to the beach. In addition, I don't find it difficult to be free and independent with some other people in the area,- particularly a few widely spaced anchored boats. I've anchored behind the right shoulder of the Statue of Liberty and then cruised up the East River between Manhattan & Queens without speaking to anyone, but by wife aboard. Some might think otherwise, but I had no reason not to feel free and independent.
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Re: $200 a year to live on a boat in Alaska

I pay $2700 a year or $225 a month for a 50' slip in Seward Alaska.

Not a wilderness town. Huge grocery store, hardware stores, restaurants, etc...

Alaska offers some really pristine scenery, things you will not see anywhere else in the world.

Our summers are georgous. Highs in the 60's and 70's.

Winter is another story. Seward doesn't get much snow or really cold temperatures but its cold and rainy all winter. Not a pleasant place to be.

But, that's why I have a boat. So I can travel in the winter to somewhere warmer.
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Re: $200 a year to live on a boat in Alaska

Bear steaks can be a throw of the dice. If you get a good bear, then they are delicious. If you get a bad bear it is inedible. There really is no way to tell before killing it which it will be. I don't waste my time, moose are more reliable. Once you skin a bear it can be a little unnerving they appear most human.
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I pay $2700 a year or $225 a month for a 50' slip in Seward Alaska.

Not a wilderness town. Huge grocery store, hardware stores, restaurants, etc...

Alaska offers some really pristine scenery, things you will not see anywhere else in the world.

Our summers are georgous. Highs in the 60's and 70's.

Winter is another story. Seward doesn't get much snow or really cold temperatures but its cold and rainy all winter. Not a pleasant place to be.

But, that's why I have a boat. So I can travel in the winter to somewhere warmer.
Question if you don't mind sharing any thoughts. How unrealistic is it to buy a boat having never had a sailing lesson. live aboard boat, learn to sail slowly, and sail out before winter hits to warmer climates? I think it would take time, so starting in spring may, etc would provide maximum chances. Or better to buy a boat in the south learn to sail and venture up sailing in the spring, and enjoy an alaskan summer?
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The learning to sail part is pretty easy really. Learning to take care of the boat systems takes longer


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Never had bear, are there bear steaks? Are they any good? Are they worth freezing my Bs off for?

Just wondering in case I ever decide to come, in the summer!
Bear steaks are excellent, and nothing beats a smoked bear ham. But then, one would have to actually experience and eat them to know that. Spring bear tastes better than fall bear due to less fat. As mentioned, a skinned bear viewed the first time is unnerving.
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Re: $200 a year to live on a boat in Alaska

We have all manner of edibles, moose, caribou, salmon, halibut, rock fish, shrimp, crab, scallops, just to name a few, now I am hungry, time for some caribou sausage and eggs!
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