Originally Posted by Stonecutter36
wow Im surprised I ever left !!!! Just Go and dont try to change things till you have to. Dont bite off more than you can ._._._. Ok from ME the first year is the hardest you spend money like your on VACATION and a visa card is gong to have a difficult time to keep up. Year 2 will be an wakening as the bills show up and you haven't left your home sailing grounds and the boat needs some adjustments like solar panels
or a practical dingy , maybe the old engine isn't up to the job . year 3 is the real test as you try to live to a cruising budget. You realize that its a life style not a vacation and you don't have to do everything in one day or year. YOU SLOW DOWN ...You sail and save fuel you fish , there are lots of things available to you to live the cruising life style .You need to find out what you can live with and without . A lot of this is up to you listen to others and see if you can do without a fridge it does more than keep beer cold. can you live without constant news or communication home. This list is your to compile but first you have GO and experience cruising.
Great post! To think that going to liveaboard
is going to resolve all the negatives, probkems in your life is very dangerous. Liveaboard
is exactly that living aboard
a boat adding the problems that come with that life to the others. I am sure that is why so many liveaboard attempts fail. The point you make about being able to go without a fridge. A point that is extremely valid for us poor liveaboards. I find I hardly ever use fridge, although I have a 50 liter freezer
and a 50 liter fridge and very good charging
of batteries systems.
More than fridge/freezer your boat's ventilation will be important in the tropics, my Cata,ac 10m has 8 removable windows and 4 hatches, 4 mounted 12V ventilators and two mobile ones. Capture the wind
to enter via the hatches and push out that hot air. Airconditioning is only for those large yachts with washing
machines or fir those liveaboards who mount a common cheap
house unit and plug
into AC in their marina.
So why on earth does anybody go liveaboard? it is one of your ten tropical liveaboard requirements to answer that fir yourself and cope either in marinas
, applies even more when you live on the hook in isolated tropical environments.