Originally Posted by dana-tenacity
None, buy a boat, move aboard, short book eh?
Best advice you'll ever get!
I just finished reading it. 80% of the info I had discovered in my own research
of boats and liveaboards for the past 3 years. (..i.e. Using Yachtworld.com to research
boats, selecting between a sail and a power boat
, finding your comfort, upkeep and maintenance
rates, etc) I did like the book for some of the commentary from people who actually live aboard, but you can get the same thing for FREE here... and the 20% or so of the information I didnt know was a plus...
It tells you things like:
-research boats on yachtworld.com
-find the boat that suits you best - sail or power - size, space
-bathrooms on boats suck
If you already live on a boat it tells you nothing you new. And like Raven said in his post... if you want to live on a 30 footer in Boston during the winter, then this is your book. If you want to live in Hawaii
, you can find most of that info on your own. But, I would recommend it if you are absolutely an absolute newbie about boats.
The best thing is to talk to people who liveaboard
already... buy them a 12 pack of beer
or a fresh pitcher of Margarita's and they will divulge all the ups and downs of their own experience.
I guess the biggest things to think about are:
-Do you really want to live aboard a boat, are you prepared for the cold-cold, the hot-heat, the sound of other boats traveling through the water
, the rocking of the boat, etc...
-What type of boat fits you
-Where are you considering, what are their rates, how is the "community", what do they offer as far as services
-do you live off the anchor
, slip or bouy
-if you have a pet, does the marina allow it, are you willing to train your pet
-Do you plan on sailing, cruising or just sitting in the slip
-do you go with the bare minimum or do you outfit the boat with the latest gadgets and toys
Im sure there are loads I've missed, but I hope you get the point...
Just make sure you know enough not to be suprised when stuff goes wrong...makes the shock a little easier to bare.
If you really want some good info on liveaboards... subscribe to liveaboard magazine from Living Aboard Magazine
you can also find it at Barnes and Nobles or Borders (I just picked up the latest at BN)