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Old 07-08-2009, 13:43   #16
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...My wife and I (pre-marriage ) lived aboard our Vega 27 last year - not a huge stretch from the Columbia 24. Also met an older gentleman who had been living aboard his Cal 20 for quite some time (barely sitting headroom) - mind you, he was a ... short-statured fellow.

Heard stories too of a couple with two teenagers who lived aboard and cruised their Vega (27).

The question isn't really can you do it; rather, as mentioned, it is do you really want to do it. If you choose to enjoy it, it will be enjoyable. The previous posters are right: try it out for a month, and see how it goes - if you like it, do it; if you don't, don't do it.

...But it isn't even that black and white: if you love everything except the size of the boat, just get a bigger one. We just did - went from the Vega at 27' long overall with an 8' beam (same basic layout as the Columbia, plus a hanging locker & heads between the main cabin and the fo'c'stle) to a CSY 33 with an 11' beam, a real galley, real saloon and real 'bathroom', and now we have more than enough room for 2, and hopefully enough for 2 or 3 more 'small' people ... eventually.

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Old 07-08-2009, 17:47   #17
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my thoughts

A 24 is really a daysailor - weekend camper. Very few with real head Porta potty will get old real quick. You don't say if you two will be working full time and son going to school. Family membership at Y or similar for showers etc. would help. Shop every day for groceries, don't plan on leftovers. Plan on getting a 30 footer with smallest cockpit and longest waterline legnth you can find.

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Old 07-08-2009, 18:06   #18
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Of course you CAN live on board in manner described by others. For one is easy, two is easily possible and can be done with kids. Not necessarily easy of course. I recall one family doing this with three boys (!!!) - said it "brought them closer together". Hmmm.
Hong Kong has many many families living in very small apartments and doing OK - often with pets also. Just eat out, don't have visitors, keep life very basic and work hard to maintain a sense of humour. Could be great for a while, or fatal for the relationships. Depends what holds you together. Would I do it? - no way. If you are serious for more than few months then get something a bit bigger.
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Old 08-08-2009, 19:56   #19
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Thank-you everyone for the input. I knew I would get various responses but I wanted to hear lots of different opinions on the matter....pros and cons. We are going to use the boat as a weekender at first and then decide if we want to get a bigger boat and if we want to go cruising. We are also planning to stay on her for several different lengths of time and anchor out as well. We will live aboard for sure...just not sure how much comfort we will need. We really want to keep the boat as small and simple as possible. I got some great ideas and opinions. Thanks and feel free to add more....
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Re: Does Anyone Live on a 24' Boat?

So now it is 2 years later. What did you do?

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