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Old 01-09-2010, 09:52   #1
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Hello all Liveaboards

I have a few questions, hopefully i can get some cleared in my head. I am 40 years old married for now thinking of getting a divorce being on my own. I think i have fallen out of love... Thinking of getting my land locked status freed. I have the seas in my veins and the storms in my eyes along with the nite breeze and wine in my head and in my soul! I am a long time sailor my parent made us sail when we were 9 and all the way to 18 years of age, then they made us move to the north and we have sailed the Great Lake of Erie! I love that lake because it can turn on you and most people are scared of it. Any way i want to live on something like this just me and maybe my cat! 2001 Farrier F82R sailboat for sale in Georgia
i am in the Information Technology field so i will have to work so i am not sure what i would do with a cat at that point. But what do you do if you work do u have a car, or all of you retired? Like are you able to stay at a marina or do u just anchor out anywhere in a bay area,, how does this all work what about if you get sick do u have a doctor i would think u have health care.? What about clean clothes you cant do it on your boat right? what about if it gets hot in your cabin in the summer time, what about a hurricane i would think you would sail away from it? what is a normal day on the water? What should i take a long look at before i do anything? I live in a old steal worker area, its a depressed area i need to get south or something.. Before i die, i am just not a land lover i guess i have tried so hard to adjust to land.
Any suggestions or criticism is accepted!
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:49   #2
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Having spent a couple weeks aboard a F28R, I don't think the F82R will be a very good live-aboard candidate. They are great sailboats, fast, fun, and tolerable for short cruises. The cramped accommodations and lack of easily accessible storage grow old rather quickly. As to most of your other questions, I just don't have time right now.

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Old 01-09-2010, 11:50   #4
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But what do you do if you work do u have a car, or all of you retired?

I have a car I keep at the marina where I liveaboard.

how does this all work what about if you get sick do u have a doctor i would think u have health care.?

I work (on land) and have health insurance.

What about clean clothes you cant do it on your boat right?

I do laundry at the marina (or you could use a laundromat).

what about if it gets hot in your cabin in the summer time?

I don't have A/C, don't really need it because I lived in the tropics for years (although I will admit this summer there were a few times I wouldn't mind having had it). I use fans and the boat is pretty well ventilated. If you really want A/C (with AC power at the dock), you can have it.

, what about a hurricane i would think you would sail away from it?

Have one bearing down right now (Earl). The answer is - it depends - just like anyone else on land, I suppose.

what is a normal day on the water?

It's splendid. I see wildlife and starry nights nearly every day (and night) that most of my colleagues on land haven't seen in years.

What should i take a long look at before i do anything?

Getting rid of your "stuff" and learning to live without it - permanently. If you can do it and not fret it, you might be a liveaboard.

I live in a old steal worker area, its a depressed area i need to get south or something.. Before i die, i am just not a land lover i guess i have tried so hard to adjust to land.
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Originally Posted by son_of_a_sailor3 View Post
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 out......
5..... i would think u have health care.? ....
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 in marinas.
2. We kept one or two cars while we were working as teachers, but
after retirement and fulltime cruising, we've done well without owning
anything ashore.
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
traveling.
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.
Most marinas have a laundry onsite or near.
7. We do often use an AC onboard at marinas, but it's not missed when
anchoring 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
often cruise 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
years
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
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Well thanks all that replied! I would use my boat for me i guess but i am really thinking about this too so i do not approche this in a wrong way! I am also wondering if your docking by yourself how do u figure that out. I guess u would need someone aboard to help ya. maybe i need to think of another direction....
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