Hi, to begin with, I am a newbie to all of this, but I've been doing lots of research
and talking to lots of folks asking for advice. This forum is great, and I've read all of the applicable liveaboard
posts on here already. I'm looking for up-to-date info to some questions I have, and any general thoughts on what my plans are.
I live and work in San Diego
currently, and have been living in a walk-in-closet sized backyard cottage with my boyfriend for the last year or so. We are 28 and 33 years old, but value the simple life. Because of this, I know the tight quarters of a boat would likely be an upgrade for us, or at least be do-able.
I grew up sailing on my grandfathers 38' sailboat, but haven't been sailing much since I was a teenager. I've had a dream of living on and owning a sailboat ever since then. I have plans to seriously learn to sail later this summer.
My boyfriend and I are looking for a new living situation, and I am thinking of finally purchasing
a boat to live on, which we would share the slip rent for.
I've found decent boats on craigslist for under $10,000, some of which have slips that can be transferred over eventually if the current
owners put us on the title as "partners" for 6 months or more. I have read that liveaboard
slips in san diego
have multi-year waiting lists, so finding a boat with a slip seems like the best option. Or does anyone have thoughts on buying
boat just for the slip? I've heard of folks doing this, but does this still work? And if so, how?
If I were to buy a boat that didn't have a transferable slip, what are the cheapest options for mooring
in the san diego/chula vista area. We can live without most amenities, but a shower
and a bathroom would be nice.
Also, does anyone know in which harbors you can live-aboard under the radar
easily, and what harbors are cracking down on this? Or have a list of harbors that allow liveaboards?
We are quiet good neighbors, and would prefer to go the cheapest route
possible with access to very basic amenities. He was a marine
, if there are any options available only to military.
Thanks so much for your help with any or all of these questions!