There seems to be an overabundance of people that think living, sailing, cruising on anything less than a floating condominium worth multiple six figures is the equivalent of being homeless on the street.
a house/condo is a better investment than a boat, period. Unfortunately, unless you live in Detroit, that piece of the rock is going to cost more than six figures and require something greater than what you can buy a comfortable boat for as a downpayment. Good idea to buy real-estate but it's not cheap
or possible for many people. A boat is affordable for anyone with a decent job and modest down payment. Even though it does require continuing maintenance
to keep its value, owning a boat is a way to accumulate equity that renting
land based accomodations don't.
a boat in the 30'-40' range is no big thing. No, you won't have thermostat controlled airconditioning, a kingsize bed
, his and hers bath with jacuzzi and shower
or a 25 cu' SS French Door refrigerator
. The truth is you don't need those things. A boat that you can buy for less than $20,000 will have all the room you need to live aboard with a little creativity.
We lived aboard a 32' boat with a Labrador and a cat using an ice box, and a hose for a shower
, at a Marina and were very happy doing it till raising a family
required more space. You have to find a marina that will take you, however. Most marinas
will have shower facilities, allow you to use the address as your mailing address, have parking for your car and some may even welcome you for the added security
to the marina that your presence brings.
The big problem is storing a wardrobe that an office job possibly requires. My wife taught school
and I was an aspiring boat ****** and didn't have any issues with clothes, possibly because my wife doesn't have a shoe fetish. Other live aboards got creative with their storage
needs. Many had vans that they used for storage
and an occasional second car. One even had a Grumman Panel truck that they'd set up as a workshop/wardrobe while they totally rehab'd their large wooden boat. As far as wrinkles, don't buy all cotton cloths. 100% Cotton sucks living on land and as well as a boat. Buy Dacron cotton blends or synthetics. That's all I wear and haven't seen the flat side of an Iron in decades while maintaining an office job. Living in an intemperate climate makes things more difficult as you need cloths for the different seasons but still doable.
Recently have spent a month at a time living on my smallish 35' boat in Alameda, CA and Kona. Once again, with an icebox
and no on board shower. Not trying to maintain an office wardrobe but had plenty of storage for all the things needed on a daily basis. Rented a small storage space mainly for boat stuff for the renovation
. Used the Marina bathrooms/showers. Really enjoy the time on the boat largely because of all the interesting people that I meet hanging out on the docks.
Don't think I'd want to anchor
out and maintain shore based employment
. Just too many inconveniences like not being able to leave or get to the boat because wind
and waves make rowing a dinghy
too wet or dangerous. Parking, dinghy
landing etc. are others that add to the difficulty. Will definitely be more pleasant anchoring
out with the boat swinging to the prevailing wind
Have lived in an un airconditioned house on the beach in the Florida Panhandle through a summer. It was livable without airconditioning. Don't think I'd want to live in a Marina without some air conditioning
, however. An awning and fans may make the boat more comfortable but high temps and humidity cry out for AC. Fortunately, if your boat is in a marina, a cheap
wall unit AC would be plenty to keep a boat livable and there are boat specific carry on AC units.
So, don't let the naysayers talk you out of living on a boat. Go into it with your eyes open, however. Living on a boat has issues that you won't have in an apartment. Way way more comfortable than living in your car, however Given my druthers, would much rather live on a boat I owned than in a rented apartment.