Originally Posted by Teachick
Where are you located with your boat? How big is it? I was thinking about a 40 or 50 ft.
Currently I'm in a tiny town called Carrabelle on the big bend of Florida's Gulf coast
, and my boat is tiny
-- she's just 23' which is the smallest live-aboard capable trawler
I could find. A bit larger would better accommodate guests, but since it's usually just Skipper
and I, we are quite satisfied.
Mother used to say "The ideal boat sleeps two, feeds four and drinks six" and I rather believe she is correct. I could have a guest aboard (the dinette does turn into a bunk, albeit not the most comfortable) and frankly, that's fine with me. What I don't understand if folks that want all that space... it boggles my mind.
There is something rather freeing about having little... not that I don't want more! Well, specifically I'd like a Kindle (the original version is $69 plus $25 for a two year warranty on Amazon) but, alas, it seems that the boat wants a new head gasket
more. (Don't ask -- it's not a pretty tale!)
Learn what you can teachick, but realize you don't have to know it all now or even before you purchase
your home. Once you're at the purchase
stage, you'll want an EXCELLENT surveyor
-- don't go cheap at the last minute, and definitely don't hire the one your seller or broker recommends.
Still, reading some of the boating
books implies that we have to have all these skills (and don't get me wrong, it's good to know lots of things) but having the ability to learn along with the books that can guide you (and tools!) ... well, you can do this.
So, start with a boat that doesn't need much at first, because certainly you'll add stuff. Less than 30' would be much more practical from all standpoints -- unless you have a crew member
to help or someone who shares your life. Sailboats are cheapest, followed by houseboats and then cabin
If you're going to be a cruiser or live aboard, what you need
#1) A comfortable bunk
#2) A place to shower
and a head
#3) A galley
and a place to serve dinner (table, which will do double duty as your chart table too)
Of course ground tackle, or dock
lines, etc... but basically, a bed
, a place to clean up and a place to cook... the rest is extraneous though I'll grant you the extras make the boating
life lots of fun! Propulsion
too -- right now that's my issue (and there always
is one) ...
Life is great afloat.