Okay, just read up on all the other posts and it sounds like I'm the only full time Boston liveaboard
to post so far....
First off, I agree with everyone that says you're looking for too big a boat. It isn't only that a larger boat costs more to run and maintain, it isn't even only that a larger boat will be more difficult for a (likely) novice
sailor to maneuver in and out of slips, it's also that the larger the boat you get the less likely any marinas
in the area will have space for you.
Constitution Marina is definitely a great place for winter liveaboard
. There are several other marinas
in the area that also offer winter liveaboard but none have the facilities or community that CM has . However there's a pretty large waiting list for staying at CM through the summer so you will definitely have to find a different summer slip. There are a good number of other marinas that quietly allow liveaboards through the winter, although It will be tough for you to get them to offer you a slip unless you start there in the summer and they get to know you.
Also, if you don't want your closet and clothes to become damp and mildewed insulate against the Hull
and add cedar closet liner from Lowes or home depot. You lose 1" of space bit your clothes will be fine. If you feel paranoid about it and there's any extra space in there put a tin of damp rid in there and check it occasionally.
You really should insulate as much of the Hull
as possible. 1"-2" of foam insulation
doesn't really take away that much space and it does a lot to increase comfort inside. I've lived on a 30ft for the past several years in the Boston area (including all of last year). With the boat well insulated I keep my boat heated primarily with a small electric
heater and a backup propane
heater I almost never use (mostly in case of power outage during winter storms). My boat has never had any condensation
or "smell" issues whatsoever. Also, even with using mostly electric
to keep warm, my electric bill generally runs about 80$ a month.
The one person who mentioned that it could be uncomfortable to get to and from the boat in the cold and snow is right, but only in that it's uncomfortable to get to and from any place in Boston in the cold and snow. The weather
can be brutal here, but it's no real difference if you're stepping out of a door or a hatch
. When people ask me about what I do about crappy weather
on the boat I tell them that I do the same thing that they do, try to stay inside! :-)
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