Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-06-2012, 17:29   #16
Registered User
 
DumnMad's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Nelson NZ; boat in Brisbane
Boat: 45ft Ketch
Posts: 1,247
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

Having lived aboard our 45 footer for 12 weeks the surprise for me was how much electro-mechanical stuff was in the boat. Every time you fill the kettle, wash the dishes, drink some water, flush the loo, hose the deck etc an electric motor gets going to supply the water. Every time you pour water down a drain, take a shower, pull the plug, flush the loo, an electric pump turns on.
Loo management, smells, blocked pipes and pump sumps.
Then you've got to manage the batteries to keep the lights and pumps going.(Bilge pumps to keep you from sinking.)
Manage the gas so you don't run out or get blown up.
If you want to use the engine you have a multitude of different things to look after.
Have you got a qualifications, insurance and references that endorse your ability to take over someone else's boat? Then how do you work out a maintenance agreement?
All sounds too tricky to me.
__________________

__________________
DumnMad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2012, 14:40   #17
Marine Service Provider

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: On the Go
Boat: Various
Posts: 666
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

This is always a shock to some new liveaboards. All the utilities you took for granted in a house are now yours to fill, empty, provide, clean, monitor, ad naus. The less handy one is, the less complexity one should have. Keep it simple.
__________________

__________________
Janet Groene
JanetGroene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2012, 14:57   #18
Moderator
 
Hudson Force's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lived aboard & cruised for 45 years,- now on a chair in my walk-in closet.
Boat: Morgan OI 413 1973 - Aythya
Posts: 7,894
Images: 1
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

Man! You make it sound like the price of independence is responsibility!
..........oh yeah, I guess that's true.
__________________
Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Hudson Force is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2012, 16:04   #19
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 237
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vasco

Urban myth. Give me one example.
Ok, Bella Vista, 53 foot custom Hood currently in Manly Queensland. Owner is Dutch. Others I have seen there are Oysters, Buizen with caretakers living onboard. I don't live in a city so I'm afraid I don't hear urban myths!
__________________
Teeto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2012, 17:08   #20
Registered User
 
DumnMad's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Nelson NZ; boat in Brisbane
Boat: 45ft Ketch
Posts: 1,247
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptForce View Post
Man! You make it sound like the price of independence is responsibility!
..........oh yeah, I guess that's true.
Agreed CaptF.
I love my boat and I know the importance of understanding how everything works. It was a shock at first because everything was new and so many things needed attention. As I work my way through with the help of others, the monitoring & maintenance starts to become obvious.
My 2 cents is that you really need understanding, capability & a good maintenance/breakdown agreement before having a practice live-aboard run by taking over someone else's boat.
Nick.
__________________
DumnMad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2012, 22:59   #21
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

Hi Sarah,

We have lived aboard for 25 yrs. All I can suggest is that you need to think carefully as to why you’re considering this. The advantage as we see is that you can move and take your home with you. It is exciting, adventurous. The disadvantages are many; room, storage and weather..

We still love it but as we get older and less agile we are considering alternatives.
Cheers,
ChrisSR
__________________
rsSIRHc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2015, 17:35   #22
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 1
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

You might look into Airnb. I've seen listings in Florida. You can't take the boats out but you can stay as you would land based Airnb apartments or houses.
__________________
deander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2015, 22:15   #23
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cruising the Gulf of Mexico.
Boat: 1980 Morgan 415
Posts: 1,439
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

There are many power boat dock queens that never leave the slip. A live aboard situation should not be a major hurdle.

Walk docks and look for bottom growth. Ask questions, call owners.

Let us know how it works out


------------------------------
Looking for another pretty place to work on the boat.
__________________
Working on spending my children's inheritance.
Cap Erict3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2015, 10:08   #24
Senior Cruiser
 
FSMike's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bahamas/Florida
Boat: Solaris Sunstar 36' catamaran
Posts: 2,654
Images: 5
Re: Anyone every had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vasco View Post
Living aboard a boat in a marina is no different from living in a small trailer except that there might be more maintenance required -----
And there's always the possibility that the "trailer" might sink lol.
__________________
Sail Fast Live Slow
FSMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2015, 10:36   #25
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Anacortes
Boat: previous - Whitby 42 new - Goldenwave 44
Posts: 1,735
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

If you do find a temp boat consider the seasons, if they change, where you will live with your own boat. Living on a boat in the summer here in the PNW is a whole lot different than living on one in the winter. Those long walks to the shower can be a bear. And lugging groceries from the car. Or even more, from the store without a car.

We loaned out boat to some friends who were moving here this last year. They were looking for a house to rent and needed a place. I trusted them since they were long-time cruiser friends. They understood pumps, water, toilets, batteries, etc. I would NEVER allow a landlubber to stay on the boat!

But I think a short term stay wouldn't really give you that much of an idea of what it is really like to live on and depend on your own liveaboard boat.

And a liveaboard overseas or truly moveable, i.e. you don't have transportation of your own, is a whole different animal than living at your local marina with your car handy. Trust me - you'll understand once you try it.

There are people living the "urban myth" but it is a hard life usually. You can't do what you want to do when you want to do it all the time. Owners can sometimes be despots. There can be more work than you expect. But we have known people who do it. Very big boats and not the circles we hang with normally.
__________________
exMaggieDrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2015, 11:37   #26
Registered User
 
scgilligan's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Upstate SC, USA
Posts: 148
Re: Anyone ever had any success doing a "trial" version of living aboard?

You may check local boats that are for sale..nice, expensive boats. If they sit for very long without a buyer the owner may be interested in getting something to offset the slip fees, etc. And, since the boat is rarely (if ever) used there will not be any "personal stuff" aboard as one poster mentioned.
I seem to recall seeing an ad a while back for just this sorta thing in Charleston SC, but when I went back to find it a few days later the ad was gone..I assume the owner found a buyer and no longer needed to recoup any money. Seems like it was a newish Junneau around 40 foot.
Would have been a pretty good situation though..to rent a 40 footer instead of an apartment..
__________________

__________________
scgilligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
living aboard

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:06.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.