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Old 21-02-2013, 07:42   #16
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We are brand new to the sailing community. Are in the proccess of looking for a used boat to live aboard then sail to where the wind takes us. It is myself, my wife, and our 12 yr old son. We live up in Hamilton Ontario Canada and plan to live aboard for about four years till we set sail. We are looking around 40' ketch. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
We are in exactly the same place, except replaced living aboard with lake sailing.

I see a lot of people with ketch's, not sure why that is.....
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Old 21-02-2013, 09:37   #17
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We are brand new to the sailing community. Are in the proccess of looking for a used boat to live aboard then sail to where the wind takes us. It is myself, my wife, and our 12 yr old son. We live up in Hamilton Ontario Canada and plan to live aboard for about four years till we set sail. We are looking around 40' ketch. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to CF.... There are TONS of boats out there to be had, and most reasonable in this soft market.... As others have said... don't get hung up on the ketch, but more importantly.... DON'T get hung up on the first few boats you ARE interested in....

Don't be afraid to ask for opinions when you do find "the one".... And... I would take your new dockmate looking if you want some cheap advice...

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Old 21-02-2013, 10:01   #18
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We are wintering aboard at Royal Hamilton Yacht Club right now and have been liveaboards for 16 years. drop by and see us. Second boat you can see (shrink wrapped) from the gate at the east side of the clubhouse. Excuse me for a second, I have to turn down the thermostat its getting too hot in here

It's not as hard as some make out to be but its not for everyone.
Hi! I live in Cambridge and have been looking at the live-aboard lifestyle as well... I thought Frenchman's Bay and Port Credit marina were the only options - RHYC is on my list of places to visit this weekend as well!
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Old 22-02-2013, 14:35   #19
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As I've said before, Until she leaves the dock a boat is just substandard housing. Living on board in Hamilton you'll have all the disadvantages of boating without the advantages. Live on land in a tiny place that will get you accustomed to living aboard as a family of three. Save money like crazy, then buy the boat when you're closer to a launch date.
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Old 23-02-2013, 07:52   #20
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As I've said before, Until she leaves the dock a boat is just substandard housing. Living on board in Hamilton you'll have all the disadvantages of boating without the advantages. Live on land in a tiny place that will get you accustomed to living aboard as a family of three. Save money like crazy, then buy the boat when you're closer to a launch date.
As a 16 year liveaboard I find your remark offensive. There is nothing substandard about my home.
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As a 16 year liveaboard I find your remark offensive. There is nothing substandard about my home.
I'll stand in strong agreement with boatpoker. Although we are thrilled with cruising & sailing, our time livingaboard while at a dock is not a compromise or substandard. I will agree that some do not adapt well to limited space; however, most of this space that some people miss is not functional space, but unused space between their heads and the and all that "no man's land" where the walls meet the ceilings in houses. The great majority of the added space within houses is only space that is heated, cooled, cleaned or storing items only seen when moving it to a new big box and not adding anything to quality living.
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Paul and I are sorry we missed you on Saturday. We usually don't work on Saturdays, and well of course because we made plans, we had to! Hopefully we can meet up soon. Paul and I are always down around there. If we are in the rhyc area can we get your attention any way? If not, let's make plans again or I am sure our path are to cross soon. Paul and I are very serious to get on the water by July so we will be neighbours. Harmony
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