I've been dreaming about living aboard
for quite some time, but I've always been too scared to uproot and move to an entirely different lifestyle and all of the normal "what if" questions have run through my head
. Fast-forward to the beginning of this year. I've become dissatisfied with my current
employer, friends are all having/planning kids
, and I need a change of location to breathe some life into me.
I started my job search last week, and already got a bite. Now I'm not putting too many eggs in the basket, but that bite got me extremely excited because the pay and location would allow me to finally have an opportunity to live aboard full-time.
I would end up in Boston, MA. Looking through the forums
, I've seen that the recommended Live-aboard marinas
in that area are Constitution Marina or Captain's Cove just south in Quincy. Surprisingly, it looks like Constitution Marina is the cheaper option of the two, and additionally I've seen a few posts by folks who do/have lived there talking about a lively liveaboard
community, which is exactly what I'm looking for.
Rent in Boston is around $1600+ for a 1 BR apt. as far as I can tell, and that's before utilities. Searching and finding a deal may be possible, but my first limitation is that I have dogs
. 2 dogs
. Both labs weighing in at 90 lbs, so I can't be too picky with trying to find the lowest price
I suppose before I start rambling, I should jot down my questions and then just fill in details if people ask.
For Boston MA Liveaboards:
Which Marina did you choose and what was your major tipping point in your decision? Do you have dogs? How many/size? I saw that Captain's Cove says "Pet Friendly" right on their webpage but didn't see anything on Constitution. Are they "Pet Friendly"? I saw that Captain's Cove has a grassy area nearby on the satellite
photos. Constitution Marina is close enough to a dog park (Zero New Washington
Dog Park) during Spring/Summer/Fall, but Winter could be a toss up. What do you do in the winter?
How is the WiFi
in either Marina? Is the signal good? How is the bandwidth? I'm a cord cutter
, so I do stream video when I'm watching TV, would that be possible, rude to others but possible, or not possible due to technical/rules?
For NorthEast/New England
How cold is it in the winter? I heat my current
house almost exclusively on wood, and I'm comfortable keeping the house at 63 degrees, and can deal with 56 to 58 if I dress appropriately. Too much under that and I start to get uncomfortable.
What do you use to heat your liveaboard
? With no insulation
between the boat and the elements, I'd think heat would leak from the boat like a sieve, especially below the water
line. I've seen posts on forced air, water
, and diesel
being mentioned as mainly a dockside luxury. Being used to a wood stove in the basement, I enjoy the warm floor, similar to radiant heat, however it seems to me that a forced air system would be best so I could have A/C in the summer for the dogs while I'm at work. Does anyone have a dog inside their liveaboard in the summer with A/C, or does active ventilation seem to work fine?
Does anyone have experience with 2 dogs of that size (90 lbs) on a liveaboard? I've seen the suggestions on boat size for people. I'm a "loner" in that I enjoy the company of others, but I don't want them living with me (i.e. no roommate or wire or kids
now or in the future, but I enjoy having visitors over). I know boats are different sizes and shapes, and there's no way to tell someone what is right for them, but I'd appreciate some pointers of what size I should be looking at. I was thinking a 40 foot monohull
would work, as long as the salon
had room for the dogs to stretch out. I'm not very experienced with sailboats, and less so with liveaboards, but I looked at pictures of a Hunter
36 and a 42' Catalina
MK II, and the Catalina
just LOOKED like it had a much larger salon
(in photos), yet the beam is only ~2 feet larger on the Catalina. So back to the question, would living with 2 large dogs on a boat be uncomfortable in the 36 to 42 foot range?
My current plan, should I land this job (which I'd give myself a 5% chance of, but I do like to dream) is to move to Boston and into an apartment, return "home" on the weekends (about a 3.5 hour drive) to fix up my house and get it on the market, hopefully selling it to get out with what I owe or maybe a little more by next spring ( bought it 3 weeks before the housing bust), if not, rent it out to pay the mortgage. Then next spring/summer I'd buy my liveaboard and move in. I would also make sure to have a little extra money
to buy a smaller sailboat for some day sails
so I could learn more without endangering my home.
Please excuse the rambling nature of this post, I'm trying to get my head
around the possibility that I very well could start on the path to finally living my dream. If something I've asked has been discussed to death, please point me to the thread and I'll gladly read. I'm mostly a Lurker anyhow. :-)