I've been lurking for a while now and reading up, and finally decided to register.
Have recently bought a 25 foot yacht with the aim of doing as much local area cruising as possible while unfortunately still having the need to work Mon - Fri, but also will be moving aboard once said boat
is launched (hopefully early March). Will just be myself living on board.
Most folk that I have told that I will be moving on board the boat
to live think that I am nuts, but I am not phased by the idea, as I lived in a Motorhome (an RV to US cousins) for the best part of a year about 8 years ago, so well used to small space living, though I have slipped in to full size living a bit since then! I realise I will be visiting the laundry
once a week...
So at the moment I am faced (again!) with the inevitable down-sizing of possessions (3 bass guitars spring to mind for a start!) plus getting my flat ready to rent out in the next month or so... The boat is pretty much up to scratch internally at this stage, although that 'to-do' list seems to forever get longer rather than shorter! Main jobs left to do are now outside ones that need daylight (small epoxy repairs
/ filling here and there plus anti fouling). So, hopefully a few weekends of decent weather
would see that achieved, then get a slot for launching in.
I will be on a berth in a marina, who are fine with liveaboards (1st question asked at time of buying
the boat), power and water
on the dock
, toilets and showers at the main building. Boat has 2 burner alcohol stove, cool box, sink (cold water
only), separate heads (no holding tank
, so marina toilets while berthed). I will have an aft cabin
for sleeping and main cabin
for general living / lounging, small TV, ipod sound system, laptop
with 4G dongle. I think that about covers my main 'needs'. I'm not a cordon bleu cook, but can rustle up a decent meal in a couple of pans.
Will I manage with just a cool box? Really my fridge needs amount to a pint of milk for breakfast cereal and somewhere to put some butter and cheese! I'm thinking a big bag of ice from the supermarket every few days in the bottom of the cool box?
: shore power
... I have a small 2000 watt fan heater that heats the boat up very quickly while I have been in the boat yard working on her. Should I get a small oil
filled heater for general use? I plan on adding blown air diesel heating
for times away from the marina (possibly)
: mainly for clothing
items really... do folks put them in sealed plastic boxes? I was thinking of using 4 kind of canvas
small boxes, about a foot cubed, on a shelf in the main cabin, shock corded in place so they don't move around when sailing. I only need hanging space for about 6 items really, and there is a small locker that will take that...
Absolute essential items that you would not live without? Bear in mind my needs are fairly simple (i.e. heat, light, music
, drink, washing
, laundry) I'm thinking some form of boom tent would be a nice to have to use the cockpit
area on not so nice days?
Any tips for keeping things as simple as possible? I'd like for it to be a boat that's ready to go sailing at 15 minutes notice, and I tend to try and adhere to the K.I.S.S. way... Less fancy stuff = less to go wrong...
Thanking you all in advance for any pointers / nuggets of wisdom.