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Old 25-09-2011, 04:04   #16
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great to hear - I live happily aboard, I put off buying for all my life until recenty because i felt yachts depreciate while properties rise. however I estimate that costs are less than mortgage/rent as you say. and the investment is tiny. a rule of thumb for upkeep is 10% of the (fair) value pa, which i think must be an average over the lifecycle. good luck !
It must be very clear to everyone by now that property is just the same as ANY investment or comodity, prices go up and prices go
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Old 25-09-2011, 04:44   #17
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yes that too!
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Old 25-09-2011, 05:45   #18
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Re: "Honey, Let's Sell the House 'n Live on a Boat!" Three Weeks Later, Here We Are

All of you are invited to attend my FREE seminar at West Marine, 3500 Barrancas, Pensacola, FL at 6PM Tuesday 27 September. Since that may be G U for many of you, we are videotaping. If it comes out good, we will make it available for you to view for free.

After 18 years living aboard, 9 years active cruising, it is much less expensive to liveaboard than to live on the "dirt".

Plus all of the other reasons.

Tom Vandiver, Cal 46 SATORI, Hull #3, launched 11/67, circumnavigated by the former owner of Jensen Marine, builder of Cal boats, Jack Jensen.
We bought her from Jack's estate 17 March 1982.
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My wife and I lived aboard our Cal 46 for 18 years. The happiest 18 years of our lives! We would still be living aboard and cruising, but my health issues have precluded that wonderful existence.

Some reasons for living aboard:
-Freedom. If you don't like your neighbors, move on. Don't like the cold, go south. Don't like the government, move to another country.

-Independence. Can you handle being free?

-Adventure. Exciting, entertaining and scary, at times.

-Family. Relationships aboard between family members improve. Well maybe not all the time. Listen to Eileen Quinn's songs about "Capable Cruisers"

-Green. Liveaboards are minimum consumers of energy and resources. Heating 400 SF of boat vs. 4,000 SF of house

-Healthy. Spiritually, emotionally and physically.

-Budget. It cost us much less to live aboard and cruise. We rarely spent over $1,000 a month when cruising. We anchor out, by choice. We met a family of four Canadians cruising their 30' steel hull sailboat in the Sea of Cortez in 1989 who were living on $275 a month. They ate a lot of fish, beans and rice, but were healthy and HAPPY!

Do it now!
hmmm..... I'm looking at your picture and the boat name Satori..... were you in the Sea in 85-86? I think I met you guys there in that time period. Probably in the bay there at Loreto... before they made it look like Ft Lauderdale! My Rawson 30 was named Looking Glass...
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Old 29-09-2011, 10:45   #20
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All of you are invited to attend my FREE seminar at West Marine...... we are videotaping. If it comes out good, we will make it available for you to view for free........
How and when can we see the video?
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Old 29-09-2011, 11:06   #21
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Best wishes. If you are going to do up the house this winter then keep it buyer friendly, pastels and so on, and since you can't take the furniture with you then consider what should be dumped now, and what can be sold with the house. Don't buy expensive stuff to dress the house though. Just make sure all the decorating is sound, chips bumps and holes filled, and probably worth getting inspections done on the electrics, gas, heating etc so you have the documentation to sell as 'No Known Faults'.
And get a small trailer or some of those big bags at the builders store for hauling all your excess possessions away to the tip.
But don't, do not, fall in love with your house again once you've smartened it up and got rid of all the clutter.
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hum sound very good way to live
House for rent in quebec any taker lol
Now have to convince my girlfriend
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I don't know "Shinola" about living in a house,- never owned one, but I've been living easy on my boat for forty years. I know of many that have much more money than I, but not many with more descretionary income. We balance our time between anchoring out and at docks. Sometimes we spend weeks away from shore. It's rare to find yourself spending money when you are not in contact with people.
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Kudos to you! Decided to take my dream off the back burner and wade into the waters for good this summer! I, too, had looked at wooden hulls: Chris Crafts, Matthews as i love the beauty of wood. But lack of time to really bring it fo its former glory dayZ led me to a 30' fiberglass sailboat! Not as roomy as a tri-cabin but it's enough room for 1 person + a four legged JR down the road! With a diesel engine, more economical than my car! It's a pity my car costs more than my home now! Hopefully, that'll change. Who knows maybe, i can pick up a '69 stingray at Mecum one day for a song and dance.
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Thanks Shanaly.i live in perth W.A and are looking with my husband at buying a 22ft yacht. Where are the best, weather wise and financial wise, places to moore on our beautiful coast?
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My fiancee and I are planning on selling everything and living aboard in 5 years, seems way too long. We are thinking of buying a very inexpensive boat to live in the Mediterranean for the first year, or so. We want to experience all the culture and different countries within short sailing distances.

Has anybody been there? Any advice or info. on mainas would be great.

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I don't know "Shinola" about living in a house,- never owned one, but I've been living easy on my boat for forty years. I know of many that have much more money than I, but not many with more descretionary income. We balance our time between anchoring out and at docks. Sometimes we spend weeks away from shore. It's rare to find yourself spending money when you are not in contact with people.

I plan to sail off in to the sunset with my wife in three years. I will have a retirement income of about 1000 a month. My 36' ericson will be paid off with about $25,000 in the bank. Do you think I will be able to cruise on my income? We don't plan on living in marinas and plan to spend the first few years in the Caribbean. Any thoughts would be welcomed.
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I plan to sail off in to the sunset with my wife in three years. I will have a retirement income of about 1000 a month. My 36' ericson will be paid off with about $25,000 in the bank. Do you think I will be able to cruise on my income? We don't plan on living in marinas and plan to spend the first few years in the Caribbean. Any thoughts would be welcomed.
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I'm sure you can; however, there are budgeting choices to be made, as you said, regarding marinas and such. We are all subject to unforeseen events. I am currently away from my boat and back to Florida for a dental need that is sapping some unplanned dollars. Of course your 25K is the barometer. If you can head out for the first year and still have the 25K, you should succeed!
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I'm sure you can; however, there are budgeting choices to be made, as you said, regarding marinas and such. We are all subject to unforeseen events. I am currently away from my boat and back to Florida for a dental need that is sapping some unplanned dollars. Of course your 25K is the barometer. If you can head out for the first year and still have the 25K, you should succeed!
I just read your profile. I have been teaching Chemistry and Physics for 25 years. Are your children sailors now?
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