We lived aboard for two years while we worked and renovated the boat which is a 42ft trawler
. We cruised for 4 years and then came back to for for 4 years and lived aboard and then set out again. We were in a marina in the Houston
area. There is a great social atmosphere when living at a marina. There was never a problem with livaboards and we had a great community of liveaboards. We all tried to meet for dinner every Wednesday night. Also the marina had toilets, showers and a laundry
The advice about making sure your significant other likes the life style is really important. If she doesn't like it in a marina she will probably hate it on the hook and certainly will not like being at sea in a storm. Also, the advice about boat selection is very important. My advice is to make sure that it is a liveable boat. When we are cruising we spend about 600 hours a year underway. Since ther are almost 9,000 hours in a year you can see that most of our time was either on the hook (most of it), on a mooring
or in a marina (usually when someting was broken and waiting on parts). Our cruising range is from Key Wets to Maine
with the Bahamas
Good luck. It is a great life and a great way to see the world.