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Old 09-06-2011, 22:17   #1
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My Dream Life

So first post I found this forum googling info about living aboard so i decided to join!

I have always been fascinated with water I love it. I used to work at malibu this camp up in canada and sailboats would always come through to go to this popular waterfall called cahtterbox falls anyways that when I knew I wanted to sail. Alot of people call me crazy over this idea being 21 years old only sailed once and wanting to live on a sailboat but oh well haha

I got my first chance finally a couple years later this last week on my friends 24 during sunset and I knew I had to do it and make it happen! So here is my plan I want to take real sailing lessons this summer so I know what I am doing first of all then by the end of summer hopefully get into a boat I have been looking into boats from 27-30 and found a few in my price range which is 5,000I live in the washington so there is always a ton for sale up here.

As for living aboard I work now and have a job full time where i work full time and also do aloth of photography work on the side so if im making 1500 a month I figure that would be enough for me to live. My car insurance is 200 a month moorage in my area is 200 a month for a boat that size. insurance seems relatively cheap on a boat.

But thats my dreams and ramble haha if anyone could contribute tips or anything I would greatly appreciate it since im a total newb.


Sail away by Keito Swan, on Flickr


Sail away by Keito Swan, on Flickr


Sail away by Keito Swan, on Flickr
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Old 09-06-2011, 23:41   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Great Pics!
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:05   #3
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Ditto...great pics...and welcome to the forum Kent.
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Nice pics. I'm glad someone knows the right time of day to flick the camera about
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Welcome aboard. Good luck
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:18   #6
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Welcome Aboard Cruisers Forum and enjoy the site...
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:01   #7
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..........But thats my dreams and ramble haha if anyone could contribute tips or anything I would greatly appreciate it since im a total newb............
At your same age I had the same dreams and many "older and wiser" told me to buy the house, raise the family and consider the boat life when the kids are out of college. I know many, who are my age now, that are attempting to downsize from their forty years of accumulating stuff and trying to fit the dream over their burden of ownership. So, we chose not to buy the house and moved aboard in our early twenties. We raised our children aboard and are still fulltime cruising. It was a great choice for us, but even if it doesn't last for you too, there is no risk in spending less and enjoying adventure.
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Welcom to CF
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It sounds like you are crunching some numbers and getting a plan down. Living aboard can be an excellent way to live. Life aboard often becomes very different from sailing. Many of the comforts that you will require or need for living aboard and preparing yourself for work each day may be hard to come by in a $5,000 boat. Definitely possible though. Keep us posted when you move aboard and tell us how you like it!
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I had a Dream to live aboard a sailboat to travel and scuba dive like Jacque Cristo. Spent many years dreaming and losing the dream then getting it back again. 20 years later three boys raised two dream stealing ex-wifes later I got the dream back! I was very lucky! Don't wait, follow your dreams now. Don't let Luck set you free in your field of dreams!
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Old 10-06-2011, 19:18   #11
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Thanks everyone im going for it hopefully by the end of august ill be able to post more photos on here for ya guys of me and my boat haha

nice to here from some locals here in the NW
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There's no better way to tell a story than to use great photos. Keep up with the photography.
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I spend some time out in Antelope and would like to take the boat up to Malibu sometime. Good stuff. We recently moved aboard in Newport and it is a blast. Nice pics!
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You're getting plenty compliments on your photography, and deservedly so.
What camera and lenses are you using?
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