25' seems to be the cutoff point for boats with a dedicated head
area. There lots of them floating around for practically nothing to mid teen $ depending on condition, cache, and your specific location. I just missed buying
a Tartan 27 on Boat Angel for less than $800 that had everything from new sails
to a working head
with holding tank
. There are numerous under 30' boats for less than $6,000 in SoCal where I'm looking.
The problem is not finding a cheap
boat to buy but the cost of keeping it. Oceanside Marina where I'll be forced to keep the boat wants close to $400 a month for 26', plus or minus 3', non live aboard slip. Live aboard has an additional surcharge. These marina rates seem to be pretty common throughout SoCal with some possibly cheaper rates in South San Diego
Bay and the commercial
harbor area in LA. SF Bay
is less expensive but live aboard slips are unobtainable without a long wait. Your area may be different so hop on your bike and ride around to all the marina offices in your area. You can do it on the phone
but find you will get much more helpful answers by going in person. Also talk with the local boat dealerships. By necessity, they keep a close eye on the local slip situations and will talk with you if they are not busy. May even have a back pocket listing they could turn you onto.
Currently have a '69 Pearson
35. It's an old CCA design with large cockpit
and fairly small cabin
that is about comparable to a more modern 30' boat. When I'm aboard full time, live in the main cabin
which is a space about 10' long by 9' wide. The head/hanging locker area is another 4' or so but that is mainly used very infrequently for necessities. The rest of the boat is mainly storage
, bicycle, tools, and other things that collect when there is an empty space that begs to be filled. Amazing how much junk you can accumulate. When I emptied the boat to do an extensive refit
, filled one bay of our garage with boat related stuff most of which I haven't missed now the boat is back in service
. When prepping the boat for the sail to Hawaii
, rented a small storage
space within bicycling distance for the nice to have but not necessary stuff Am very comfortable living in that small cabin area by myself. Biggest issue with a boat under 25' is headroom
. It's seldom a problem for me but, if you have a pituitary issue, may be a killer. I have, in my youth, lived in a 25' boat and a VW camper. Later my wife and I lived aboard and cruised in a Westsail 32 for 4 years and was very happy with that living situation. Now doing very well in the P35 when spending extended time aboard.