Hey there everyone. I have been thinking about it for a while and reading quite a bit about becoming a live aboard. From many people who have stories like mine, people seem to say "JUST DO IT." So I'm taking that advice.
I'm very excited to report that I will be buying
my first boat in the spring and becoming a live aboard. I've never been sailing, but I know this is the right thing for me.
I've found a local marina 5 minutes from my current
apartment that has all the amenities I need, allows live aboards over the winter months, and is very reasonably priced. I live right on Lake Ontario
I'm thinking of buying
an older 30-35 footer in decent condition that I can learn to sail on for the next 10 or so years, then upgrade to a newer and sturdier boat for sailing around North America on.
I'm going to head
down to the marina next weekend with a nice bottle of wine and bribe some live aboards to tell me what life is like. I have some details planned out - my mother and best friend both said I could do making cooking
at their houses. I'm going to get my boating license
ASAP and take some sailing classes
to help lower insurance
costs, though I don't plan on any actual sailing without someone who is very experienced aboard with me - I'm sure I'll make some friends on the marina. I'm preparing to sell almost everything I own... and I'm actually excited about that.
Any words of wisdom, advice or literally anything I should know? I'm a pretty hardy mo'fo, determined, hard working and very adaptable. Not to mention young and single
, which helps when you're doing something crazy like moving onto a sailboat. Ha.