Hi all, just signed up here, seems like the perfect place for answers. A little about me, I am married, have step-son and older dog, paying around 2,200 per month for fancy condo in La Jolla, UTC California
. I have had enough of the management here, the noise
of students on my roof and in the hallways. I love the beach and have always had an interest in boats and always wanted my own boat for skiing.
Recently have gained and interest in sailing haven't started lessons, just started learning
on a simulator. Last weekend we attended the 2014 San Diego boat show
and fell in love with a couple of 42' and 47' motor
yachts in the price
range of 84k to 125k, 1970 thru 1980.
Talking to some people it seems like a really interesting and adventurous way of life, one of these yachts came with a slip in Kona Kai, San Diego
. We have decided to really think about this option and are looking for a motor
yacht in the price
range from 80k to 130k and a length of 40' to 50' with a beam of min 13' to 15'.
Some of our desires are, washer/dryer, descent size kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 to 3 heads with showers, 3 decks with BBQ on deck
and ample living space for 3 people. What's really crazy we have been able to find some boats pretty close to these needs. We do realize sacrifices will need to be made in regards to space and personal items.
I guess my main question is advice. what's it really like to live aboard, we like to visit places locally and possible even further if we lived on a boat. I want to learn how to navigate and get really into it. Our rent is up in a few months and thinking really seriously about moving to the water
Not sure weather
to move to marina life or just anchor
somewhere. I have a fulltime job in Solana beach, California
as a designer
, we have 2 cars and my wife is looking for work. not sure of parking situation or any of that stuff.
Do you guys think it is cheaper than owning a house or renting
an apartment which in it's self is throwing money
away. We do like our showers, so I know a large water
tank is required, what do you think size of water tank should be for 3 people to have hot showers each.
Definatly want a power yacht, so we can lift
to either Catalina
or down to Mexico
or even crazier cruise
, obviously only when I can navigate comfortably. Some of the boats we have seen online have really nice accommodations. Seems like diesel engine
is the way to go, not sure of cost of fuel
per gallon, and what size generator
one needs to maintain power onboard for things like internet
, sat tv etc.
I know living in a marina you can hookup to water, power, and some places have free wifi
and a bunch of amenities, but at around 1k per month, not sure if its the right path to take. But if you live on anchor there is another set of responsibilities to take into account. More advice in this area would be great.
What about financing
, 125k is a lot of money
and down payments are 10 to 20% of boat cost, plus interest rates, not sure of percentages, and want to make sure my investment isn't lost
, based on current
knowledge older power yachts seem to maintain there value somewhat.
What are your opinions on fiberglass
hulls versus aluminum
or metal. I know one needs to set aside 5 to 10% of boat value for maintenance
and this cost can be greatly reduced to like 5% if i do the work myself. Wow I'm going crazy here with typing. but I really need some good advice.
Is there a resource online for locating private yachts in San Diego we can rent for a weak or so to get a feel for it. I know you can rent fancy ones for 180 bucks a night, but would be nice to rent one like what we want, an older one to get a good feel for living aboard
For know this all I can think off as a start to my questions for living a board a powered yacht. I know there is a lot more to learn, investigate and eventually just do it.