And while not an exhaustive list of pros and cons, my one piece of advice:
My girlfriend and I have a 38' HC sitting with no one on it in a marina, and we have an apartment we live in that's roughly 1/4 mile from our jobs (we walk to work every day).
It's much more convenient for me to have a land apartment with high speed Internet
access, lots of power, clean clothes, our dogs
, etc. I work 40-60 hours per week (saving for a boat trip), and I need the support and logistical benefits of a land based apartment.
I mean really, it's a hell of a lot easier and more comfortable to balance a heavy job committment with a land home rather than a boat home. If you really want to push the limits, you can live on your boat, but it's not going to make anything any easier.
But I really think it comes down to what you need. If you don't need all the luxuries and benefits of a land home, then moving to the boat wont be an issue. But try it sometime:
- go to work without taking a shower
- eat some cold meals
from time to time because you forgot to fill the propane
tank. make sure to do this when you're *really* hungry.
- wear wrinkled clothes to work every now and then
- sleep right next to the window during a storm, or leave it open if possible. (and drip some water
all over your apartment whenever it rains)
- never leave the central heater on at night
- unplug the fridge
Being on a boat is a lot of work, and working full time as a professional is a lot of work too. So if you can commit to both, do it. If not, maybe ease into it gradually.
See if you can spend your weekends on the boat, comfortably without issue. If you can, that's probably a good sign. Problems should be noticeable very quickly.
One fun one for me (if any of you San Diego people know the mooring field near the Coast Guard station north of the Star of India) is that it wasn't until three days into living onboard that I learned that the Coast Guard does multi hour helicopter drills 200 yards from where my boat was tied up; totally unliveable during the daytime with that noise
My deal with boating
these days is that when 90% of the lights are green, I'll do it. For projects, it means having all my tools, products, and instructions before I do any work. For moving onto the boat, it means painstakingly going through everything and ensuring that it's the way you want it.
If you need a better cabin
heater, for example, it's a lot better to live at home for the month until it's installed, then to freeze your ass off on the boat for the same interval of time.
is supposed to be fun, not self punishment.