Originally Posted by lilly[FONT=Verdana
Anyway, for me the point of livingaboard is to get away from people, even other live aboards. We're not anti-social by any means but when I see five boats rafted up in a beuatiful secluded cove with a 24 hr three day party in full swing I have no interest in becoming the sixth. [/FONT]
The answer to your question is right here. YOU think the point of living aboard
is to get away from people, but not everybody shares your opinion.
I lived aboard for a year before I went cruising. I could have been paying a mortgage on a house and a boat all that time, or I could have sold the house, used the money to pay for the boat, and saved a bunch of interest payments. I was living aboard to save money and have substantially more time on the boat to get it ready.
Getting away from people had nothing to do with it. If you want to get away from people, there are plenty of places in Alaska
where I could build a cabin
and have no neighbors for miles around.
When I am done cruising, why should I move into an apartment? I will still have my boat with all my stuff in it. I can keep the boat, sail when I want (not when somebody else thinks I should), stay at the dock when I want, and spend almost no effort at all moving house.
My experience is that most people who live aboard do sail their boats, but maybe not every weekend. If you're working full time, you have the same considerations as somebody living on land. Just because you want to take it easy this weekend doesn't mean you have to give up your boat.
b.t.w. If you live aboard at a marina, your dock neighbors may well think your boat never goes anywhere because they come on Friday and see your boat exactly where it was the previous Sunday. They don't know where you were Monday through Thursday... You can only count on the live-aboards and the marina security
guard (if any) to know which boats REALLY never go anywhere.