You're around 62-65 yrs. old, and you have a 12 yr. old son for whom you're responsible. Presumably you want to help him to have some kind of a decent trade
or profession. And you want away from mud, ice, and snow, the rural life, and the Tea Party.
IMO you owe it to the kid to provide him with a decent education, as well as with food
and shelter, and hopefully, love. So, yeah, you gotta go somewhere you can work, and him, too eventually. You have 6 yrs. plus or minus till he's 18, if he stays with you. You need a serious plan.
Here are some things to think about.
1. Where on the West, Gulf, or East Coast
could this best happen? Have you checked out school
quality in the Keys? Like where are work and education possibilities the best blend for the two of you?
2. I have a lot of sympathy for you wanting to live somewhere warm. Florida happens to be quite warm and moist, too. That's why there's the chat here about AC. If you don't do air conditioning
, not only would you be hot and sweaty (after CO acclimatization), but you'd have a mold
problem in sheets
, towels, and clothing
, including shoes! San Diego
(for instance) is warm, but not so moist as Florida, for instance. If the boy is university bound, UCSD was just ranked in the top 10 universities by US News & World Report, for whatever that might be worth. However, liveaboarding is usually limited. In the San Francisco
Bay Area, there's a 10% per marina limit at those marinas
them, and I have read that this is the case also on the East Coast
. So I'd suggest you start some research
to see where your plan with the boy will have some chance of success. And if it means living ashore for a while, until you can live on a boat, that may be a bullet you're about to bite.
3. Once you mentioned the lad, for me the situation changed, for in my belief system, you have a moral as well as a legal
responsibility for your son. Your plans should reflect this, IMO. Indeed, it is likely that others on this forum will feel the same way.