I have some comments although I have always lothed the idea of living on either of the two boats I have owned. The first was a 30' Huner sailboat; my current
boat is a 40' aftcabin Silverton with two heads, two showers, a davit crane to lift
into and out of...., plus many other ammenities such as almost 600 watts of solar
My take on boating
is a boat is a toy, not my home. As large as my 40 is, it is too damned small for my wife and I to live on.
Getting back to what you are now facing. Have you ever owned a boat of any kind? Have you enrolled in any boating safety
and navigation classes
? Have you considered where you plan to store all your belongings you now enjoy that will not fit on a boat? Have you thought of renting
a boat for a vacation
to gain experience?
My 40 has a lot of space and for the most part, a powerboat will offer greater space than one will find on a sailboat of equal length. But put that aside and assume the boat you plan to live aboard is rectangular and is 40' in length with a constant beam of 14 feet WHICH IT WILL NOT HAVE!
The above assumptions have a total living space of only 560 square feet!!!! How large is your current
bathroom plus a closet??? And remember if its a sailboat, you have a cockpit
that can hardly be assumed to be a living quarters.
Now I predict many of those who now live on a boat will take umbrage with this post. Sure, you and your family
can do it but the transition could take a toll. I could go on but my basic message is to make the transistion in small steps to be sure this is what you want. JMHO