I'm new here and of course the first board I had to check out is the live aboard one. I grew up living on a trawler
. That was many moons ago but the memories are the fondest I have. We first lived a couple years on a sailboat and sailed the Pacific NW and up around Canada
(Victoria). Then we bought a trawler
and continued the lifestyle until I was 9. I remember all of the salmon trolling we did, putting crab pots down and clam digging during low tide. We had some scary moments when our engine
quit during a storm while going through the straights of Juan De fuco and we nearly capsized. Fortunatly we got the engines started. I don't think our cat Sam was the same after that. Poor thing was quite sea sick. But the great memories out weigh the challenges by far.
I'm now 30's something and would love to experience living aboard
again. However, I'm not sure just how realistic it is and hoping for some reality checks from all of you. Let me see if I can put my questions in a easy to read format.
Late 30's - young 40's. Two children
ages 7 and 12 that are homeschooled. House in Michigan we plan to keep and spend summers here (guess that would make us 60% live-a-boards or there abouts). Several Pug dogs
. Experience on boats consists of my experience as a youngster and now our 20 foot runabout.
A trawler would be our ideal choice for a live aboard or similiar. Diesel
a must. Personally, I'm very adaptable to smaller living spaces having lived on a sailboat and a trawler in the past as well as a 25 foot travel trailer years ago. Our current
home is 2500 sq ft, but I think the adjustment wouldn't be that difficult. Being that we are a family
of 4, can anyone recommend a boat that might suit us as far as double cabin
and since my husband is 6'3" tall we have to consider the head
room. Are there any models that have a deck
area that would serve as the "poop" deck
for the dogs
...literally speaking as we would plan on having a section of artificial turf. They actually sell that stuff made just for dogs (: How much can we expect to spend on a boat that is around the 42'-45 or so size? Is it possible to find anything decent under $100k? I've thought about a house boat because it may be more ideally laid out as far as space, but not crazy about the idea because we want to eventually do some cruising.
Because we both have limited large boat experience (hubby was in the navy
but I don't count that), we will probably have to do a lot of learning
as we go and hopfully not make a bunch of mistakes
along the way. My main consern of course is being able to manuver such a larger boat. I'm the calmer one between my husband and I. Lord help us
How did you all learn? Did you start out with smaller boats and move up from there? We have a 2005 Bayliner 20 footer but I know there is so much more involved when it comes to a larger boat and the challenges that can present themselves. Is there any type of larger boat, boating
class one can take? Even just for safety
Ideally, I would love to have a boat in Florida
on the gulf coast
side. Of course the Keys would be my dream but it would likely be too expensive for us to dock
there year round. Finding live-a-board dockage that doesn't cost your child's college fund after a few years appears to be a challenge. I understand the reasons though because of the idealic setting Florida
presents. Do any of you anchor
out in areas in Florida? Do they allow you to do that?
As I said we have several Pugs. Do any of you live aboard and have 2-3 dogs? Is that realistic as far as their comfort and theirs? Do the live-aboard marina's allow dogs or is that a challenge especially if you have more than one?
Live-aboard Marina or Anchor?
Our dream is to spend December through the end of May aboard. Due to the cost of docking
, we thought of anchoring
but not sure how difficult that may be with having dogs and children
. Though we would want to anchor relatively close to shore to be able to dingy in. If we opted not to dock
our boat, how expensive is it to haul out
and dry dock it for the months we aren't using it? Then of course we'd have to put it back in the water
again come December. Any idea of costs for this? Or does it make more sense to find a live-aboard dock and pay monthly? From what I've read it's pretty expensive in FL for live-aboard spots. Are there any that are more reasonably priced? Meaning under $600/month. We'd consider even more north if need be for a dock.
I'm sure I'll have several more questions, but that's a start and I appreciate any input you all have.