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Old 04-01-2013, 02:45   #16
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Re: Do You Have To Be Succesful To Live A Good Life On A Boat?

I do believe that you are correct, SailPenelope, in thinking that anchoring is easier on the East US Coast. We find easy anchoring throughout the Chesapeake and south to the Keys. We don't have as much local knowledge in New England, but anchoring there is still available. We find much of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey crowded and difficult to locate a good anchor space. We often just anchor for a few days, but we've remained in one spot for as ong as three months. Certainly, anchoring becomes more difficult near the popular places where shopping and provisioning are easily available. Wilderness anchorages are easy!

'back to the original topic. I think living the good life on the boat comes with the same discipline that allows the good life on land,- careful planning, comprehensive budgeting (spending less than you earn, "duh") and avoiding debt. Before we retired we always had a modest income, but we always squirreled away some money before it reached our pockets.

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:31   #17
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Re: Do You Have To Be Succesful To Live A Good Life On A Boat?

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I have a concept for a boat in the 9-10m range that I could afford, but am still a few years away from doing it in order to have enough money to have a decent quality of life and not worry about a major expense. Maybe I am overthinking this and am planning too much and not just doing it. See my other thread I made today.
I don't know if you're overthinking or just coming up with a plan that's comfortable for you. I think in many ways you likely need to come up with a better idea of the "transition" from land life to live aboard life. It doesn't have to be a "cut the cord, take off" deal. If you think like that you're limiting your choices.

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