Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-09-2008, 21:29   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 3
Talking First Boat...Possibly!


We are new to this forum so Hi! My fiancee and I are planning on buying a 30-35' sailboat this year. In fact we are looking hard at one in Maine! If we do buy her we are thinking of taking her down south next summer to begin our live aboard life!

I have a few questions I was hoping people in this forum might be able to help with:

1.) Does anyone know of a good surveyor in Maine? Around Portland in particular?
2.) Any recommendations for a safe affordable place to store her for the winter?
3.) We are thinking either Charlotte SC or around Oriental SC to head for live-aboard..preparing for an extended cruise. We will have maybe one car and will most likely need to find some type of work for 6months-year to save up our kitty. Any suggestions for where a young educated couple could live aboard and work in the south east?

I am hoping that as our plan moves forward we will become regular faces on this forum, thank you!

Aly&John is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2008, 01:14   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Ex-Calif's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Singapore
Boat: Maxi 77 - Relax Lah!
Posts: 11,514
Images: 4
Welcome aboard the Cruisers Forum Aly & John.

SC is a little out of my cruising grounds so maybe one of our East Coasters will chime in. Good luck on the boat purchase.

Relax Lah! is For Sale <--- Click
Click--> Custom CF Google Search or CF Rules
You're gonna need a bigger boat... - Martin Brody
Ex-Calif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2008, 10:56   #3
Registered User

Join Date: May 2003
Location: East Coast & Other Forums!
Posts: 913
Welcome Aly/John.
Oriental is a better and more reasonable place to keep and outfit a boat for cruising.
I think you mean CharlestonSC as Charlotte is in NC and a ways from the water.
Charleston is a lovely city and probably has more jobs...but fewer places I'd trust with my boatwork.
You might also consider Norfolk as there are lots of slips and jobs and places to get quality work done and the Chesapeake is at your doorstep.
Cam - I am no longer a member here. Look for me on other forums...same name.

camaraderie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2008, 15:24   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 3
Thanks for the quick reply! I must of been tired last night when I got all of my locations mixed up!

I will definitely look into Norfolk as well! How much boat work needs to be done will depend on the survey, but like all cruising situations it is a little bit of a catch 22, to get the boat work done we will need jobs but where there are jobs everything is more expensive!

Anyone here have their boat in Maine? If so please let us know what you think of marinas or surveyors, thanks!
Aly&John is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2008, 19:17   #5
Moderator Emeritus
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
As far as expensive places to be the southern Chesapeake is about as far north as you can get with it still being cheaper. Anything farther north gets you into greater expenses. It's also the line for far enough north for hurricanes in the summer as well. Winters are not ideal but the snow is negligible compared to any place north and lasts about 3 months. It includes far more than Norfolk and I wouldn't live in Norfolk myself. It still leaves a lot of other places all in the same area so that part isn't hard to solve.

Jobs for a period of time is something you need to consider but it comes down to what you can do and what you can find at the time you are looking. Jobs around here are no worse than any place else but not a great deal better either.

I think once you get close to needing a survey there isn't a shortage of surveyors any place on the east coast. Maine has a fair number of them as well. SAMS and NAMS web sites could be a good start for the accredited folks that have been around a while. I would try and speak to a few and see who strikes you as someone you want to work with. You might as well pick someone you get along with. Any of the accredited surveyors will satisfy an insurance company and that matters a lot too.
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-09-2008, 16:34   #6
CF Adviser
TabbyCat's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: cruising in the Pacific
Boat: MaineCat 41 Catamaran, TabbyCat
Posts: 322
Images: 1
Send a message via Skype™ to TabbyCat
Lots of folks go work in marine stores, like West Marine. I hear they get substantial discount on employee purchases, which I suspect you will be making a lot of since you will be new boat owners. The eastern shore of Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay is very nice, and less expensive than the western shore/Annapolis area. Oriental is a fun place too. Go to or Yacht and Small Craft Surveyors in ME, USA | NAMSGlobal to find a surveyor.
IMIS - Int'l Marine Ins Svcs
please enter "Susan-CF" where it asks how you found out about IMIS
TabbyCat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 20:32   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 3
The boat fell through... survey revealed some substantial issues we just don't feel are worth getting into for now. But still looking at moving to the East Coast. Thanks for all of the advice! Any other suggestions for living and working aboard in the East Coast?
Aly&John is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 23:43   #8
Senior Cruiser
roverhi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Boat: 1969 Pearson 35 #108
Posts: 5,446
Send a message via Yahoo to roverhi
I lived aboard in Norfolk for a year. The winters aren't bad though you'll need some kind of dry heat for at least 4 months. The summers aren't the most enjoyable as temperatures can get to 100 degrees and 100% humidity. Spring and fall last forever, though. Winter temps hovered in the 30's though there were some cold snaps that get down in the teens. Snows are infrequent though it can drop a foot or more if a storm passes through. I used a couple of electric heaters which didn't work well at all. The condensation kept everything in the boat wet all winter. That's why you will need a vented heater that will keep things dry instead of making water.

Norfolk is a good jumping off place for exploring either north or south. A trip down the Dismal Swamp channel is magical. The whole Chesapeake is open to you to the north. Some of the Rivers are fun to explore if your draft isn't too deep. I was there a long time ago but Hampton was more a sailor's town. Norfolk marinas were mostly power boats then.

Peter O.

roverhi is offline   Reply With Quote

cruising, maine, east coast, living aboard

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Really Taking the plunge...or possibly drowning myself...we'll see drew.ward Liveaboard's Forum 6 15-06-2008 06:45
Confusion on boat size - First Boat Greenman Dollars & Cents 22 08-06-2008 21:50
Big boat! Old Boat! Restoration Project? knottybuoyz Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14 29-05-2008 13:33
powersailer, diving boat, trailersailer, fishing boat, sailboat, powerboat, 12"draft BernieOdin820owner Fishing, Recreation & Fun 1 04-12-2007 17:56
Aluminium Catamaran possibly steel Steven Prince Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12 01-11-2006 20:10

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:14.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.