I moved aboard a 35' in september last year. Ive spent most of that time at a Marina in brisbane
, good spot, nice friendly boating
community there, was $550 per month +$60 liveaboard
and no elec charges. Thats aus dollar and it'd be difficult to find an apartment for that price
here in aus.
Besides living at a Marina i've spent nearly 3 months living on the hook. I spent from xmas till february living on the hook at morteon Island near brisbane
. Was mostly a shadedown cruise
too see how i coped with living on the hook and what boat modifications needed doing.
Since then i've gotten 2 more solar panels
, a net set of batteries and an internet antenna
(3g, as australia
has a pretty good 3g network).
I left dockside about a month ago now and I'm slowly cruising/meandering north. Had pretty much max net reception
everywhere i've been anchored, doing fine for elec. Oh I also do currency trading online/nomadic office small business office type stuff. So i don't need to head
ashore for work.
I spend alot less money
on the hook then i did at a marina. There is the $610 on fees
too start with, and then the fact that i can't get takeaway once a day while i'm on the boat. As I bought my food
supplies before leaving (only restocking on eggs etc at next town) my only expenses nowadays are bills.
I imagine that living on the hook and working a 9-5 job might be a bit more difficult, though i did read about one couple in brisbane that lived on the hook and worked office jobs. They just joined a gym and showered there every morning before work. Not sure what they did about water
As to the whats it like not too live near a city? Well so far so good. Admittidely i'm more of an introvert then an extrovert so I don't mind the solitude. And with a net connection it's easy too stay in touch with people via email/skype etc anyway. I do miss the general busy hub-bub of city life, the conviniences, going out on weekends and takeaway food
But then again, two days ago I heard a noise
outside the boat so I went to investigate, turns out it was a pod of dolphins
chasing some fish
around the boat. I looked up and i could see the milky way, not just stars but the actual band of the milky way galaxy (literallly impoosible to do in a city due to light pollution).
Last night I was anchored in a little anchorage in the great sandy strait surrounded by wetlands/shrub and birds.
Today the view from the cockpit
is frasier island, theres a nice deserted beach with about 20 feet of sand and then bush, the view comes complete with a couple of hawks sitting on a dead tree branch, I even saw a dingo walking along it yesterday and i think i'll go for a kayak
too see what it's like to stand on land again later today.
There are upsides and downsides too living on the hook away from civilization. Right now for me, the upsides definately outweigh the downsides. You mileage may vary.