Originally Posted by son_of_a_sailor3
I have a few questions.........
1......what do you do if you work
2......do u have a car....
3......all of you retired?
4.....stay at a marina or do u just anchor
5..... i would think u have health
6......What about clean clothes....
7......what about if it gets hot.....
8......what about a hurricane i would think you would sail away...
9 .....what is a normal day on the water?.....
10......What should i take a long look at before i do anything?
I lifted these ten questions from your post to help me provide my thoughts as follows:
1. Though I've met a few liveaboards that maintain work from anchor
or cruising, the great majority are living aboard
2. We kept one or two cars while we were working as teachers, but
and fulltime cruising, we've done well without owning
3. When we bought our first liveaboard boat in 1971 most people living
aboard were working and our age. Strangely, now most liveaboards
are retired and our age.
4. We've always done both, but now we anchor out much more often.
5. We do have health
care benefits with retirement
, but there is a great
variety in most health care policies with terms of location of care while
6. While cruising in warm areas, we have little laundry
needs, but they are
someimes taken care of at laundomats when rain rinses don't suffice.
have a laundry onsite or near.
7. We do often use an AC onboard at marinas, but it's not missed when
out. We often spend our summers north and our winters
south. Before retirement we depended on AC much more.
8. We don't feel capable of outrunning an individual storm, allthough we
seasonally out of hurricane regions. If a hurricane is within
three days of our location and approaching, we are seeking a protected
location well inland with little fetch.
9. Normal? I'll be of no help here. I haven't lived in a house in almost forty
10.Beyond the physical search for your proper vessel, be sure to check
your motivation. I think your best chance of success with livingaboard
are if you're moving to your goals and not escaping from loss.
Secondly, it would be a wise choice to mark out your proposed living
space of a vessel within your land dwelling an see if you can well adapt
to the actual space without relying on personal items outside that
space. Take care and joy, Aythya crew