Here's the reality as I see it: living aboard
SOUNDS GREAT but in truth, it's not for everybody. One should not even consider it without considerable experience sailing on a variety of boats. That experience will insure that the future is worth the present investment, but more importantly will determine how much room you personally need. It's different for everyone.
A lot of guys starting out have read the Pardeys' books
(uh oh, haven't read them?) so they already know most everything. I applaud your post seeking input. The posters above know exactly what they're talking about. All that talk about dampness? All true. Space constraints? All true. It's a real hassle living aboard
in a marina if you have a real job. How does waiting in line for the shower
sound? Figure another $50 a month for a gym membership
if only to use the shower
. Seriously. And no matter how nice the marina. the head
isn't going to be as sanitary as most want. Like to take your time with a coffee and a book for morning business? Not in the marina head
But here's the worst thing. The smaller your boat the more difficult it is to stow things correctly so you MIGHT get a little lazy. The TV is on the galley
counter. Tuck the computer into the cushions
. The apt fridge for cold beer
is on the forward bunk next to your pile of both clean and dirty laundry
. Maybe you get a houseplant to cheer things up. And you live in cold country. Factor that in. Oh, yeah and cold-weather clothes, shoes and boots. It's misery man. I don't know why people live north but I'm glad they do! Point being: now it's a growing hassle to get the boat ready to sail. You do it less and less. A year goes by. Then two.
My considered advice:
a) don't do it til you know how to sail, and know you like it enough to take it on as a lifestyle and make an investment that may offer far less than zero return. As in less than zero
if you remember the book.
b) buy a 30' boat. You don't need a "starter boat"; plus the term itself offends me. That's YUPPIE stuff; your "starter" boat is someone's dream boat. Most agree a couple can be happy with 30', and it's more than adequate for a single
. There's never been a better time to buy a boat. But it would sure be nice if you knew something about it beforehand; and not have to rely on friends' highly questionable opinions. Women are one thing but we're talking boats now. You'll likely have the boat longer than the woman anyway.