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Old 10-02-2009, 09:52   #1
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Looking for some assistance from the forum

I will be at the boat show">Miami boat show this weekend, looking for our future "liveaboard".

My daughter (10) and I are enthused about selling everything and living aboard.

My wife is ready for this - in theory - but keeps coming up with constant questions that I can't answer.

Being landlubbers, we are used to all the things that take up our time. On paper, it sure looks like a family would have a ton of spare time while living aboard.

I'm interested if there is a publication, or if anyone can enlighten us on what takes up your time on a typical day / week / month.

Home-schooling my daughter is obviously going to take up some of our time, but I'm guessing there are tons of things that one does not take into account until actually being immersed in the life.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:08   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard Phil.

One thin to keep in mind, is that "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." (Parkinson’s Law)

In the frenetic world of most cruisers, acquiring a few gallons of diesel might take a full week.

Day 1: Consider the need for fuel, and decide to get it this week.
Day 2: Remove the jerry cans from storage, place them in the dinghy. Call around to other boats, asking for local knowledge of best fuel source.
Day 3: Go to town, walk 10 miles (uphill) to get the cheapest & driest diesel, walk 10 miles back to dinghy (STILL uphill), and load dink & return to boat.
Day 4: Remove jerry cans from dinghy, and empty through filtre into boat tank.
Day 5: Clean everything up.
Day 6: Pat yourself on the back.
Day: Rest & recover from a hard week’s work.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:26   #3
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Yep, doing anything on a boat just takes longer. When we were cruising, friends used to ask, "What do you do all day?" Our reply, "We don't know, but it takes all day to do it!"
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:36   #4
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if you go check out sailblogs.com you can look up the various cruisers that frequent that site and read there blogs, etc. it's very, very interesting and majority of the real blue water / coastal cruisers that don't spend more time at the dock than in their vessel can be contacted via SMS or email etc. right from their blogs. One that comes to mind is sora. you can go to the blog and type in sora as the vessel name and it's father/daughter that has spent the better part of the last two years circumnavigating. Very intersting. www.sailblogs.com/member/sora
another very interesting famil is... Pass the BBQ | Wandering Dolphin

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We don't have a plan and we stick to it. The boat pretty much tells us what to do next and trust me the boat never has nothing to say. The rest of the time is spent with friends and usually involves a spot of grog. If you are a real serious person don't waste your time playing around with a boat, go study for the usmle or the bar or something.
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:20   #6
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There are dozens (hundreds?) of books chronicling the day to day life of cruisers.
Just for a start, check out:
Anything by Lin and Larry Pardey
Anything by Eric Hiscock
and for a lighter, more casual look at it, check out
"Blown Away" and "You Can't Blow Home Again" by Herb Payson

There are several books that were written by families with school-aged children, too.

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No one mentioned looking around this forum? There's a lot of info on here.
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it sure looks like a family would have a ton of spare time while living aboard.

I'm interested if there is a publication, or if anyone can enlighten us on what takes up your time on a typical day / week / month.

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LOLOLOLOLLOLOL

Surely you jest! Spare time?! SPARE??????????? And you with a 10 year old? Spare time?????? And schooling this child and you still wonder what you will do on the moment in the far distant future you will get some SPARE TIME????????????????????????????


Go the 393


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Old 11-02-2009, 07:54   #9
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Amazing response on this forum

It's hard to believe how active it is!

I am researching books to collect, and have forwarded some of the blogs to the wife to peruse.

I really appreciate the response.

I fully expect there to be some kind of "shock" period when going from the hassle of daily life on-land to living on-board. With us being in the 2 or 3 year timeframe from going, we still have quite a bit of time to convince the boss that she will be able to stay busy!

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Check out A First Mate's Rules of The Road

Very well written, informative and fun to read!

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Being landlubbers, we are used to all the things that take up our time. On paper, it sure looks like a family would have a ton of spare time while living aboard.

I'm interested if there is a publication, or if anyone can enlighten us on what takes up your time on a typical day / week / month.
I've been living aboard for twenty years. In 2007 I retired and we set off on an open ended cruise.
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Mostly I spend my time drinking whiskey and smoking cigars. Once a week I tar the cat

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And I thought that I was going to get to relax and enjoy life......
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Old 17-02-2009, 07:48   #14
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Because your daughter is ten years old, my advise would be to buy the first boat that meets your needs and price, lock the front door on the house and leave, QUICKLY!!
You have maybe two good years left before she turns into a monster.

If anyone wants to argue this point, I'll send over my 16 and 17 year old daughters and I'm sure you'll agree with me after a day of two.
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Been there, done that

The 10 year old is the youngest of 5 kids - four of which are girls.

We are 1 - 1 and 1 in the teenage girl department so far: One monster (now 25), one angel, now (23), and then our current 16 year old - who the jury is still out on, but is leaning a bit more towards the monster side.

The 10 year old is daddy's girl - don't foresee too many problems with this one (go ahead, laugh at my self delusions).

After returning from the Miami boat show, we have MASSIVE enthusiasm now from everyone (including the wife), but one major issue:

The wife and daughter fell in love with a Manta 42 - which there is no WAY in the world we are going to be able to afford! Doh!

At least we've crossed the hurdle of what to do to stay busy, and whether there would be enough room on a boat for privacy and comfort!

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