Originally Posted by freya34
Any other women living on their boat's by themselves? I'm considering this and would like your thoughts on how safe marinas
I was just wondering this same question.
I grew up in a fishing
village, surrounded by boats and fishermen (and angry gun toting lobstermen) my whole life. Weird thing is my parents were farmers and would have nothing to do with boats or fishermen, which is even more strange because both came from long lines of "boating men" and our family
have lived on this land since the 1500s always with jobs connected to boats...go figure. My whole life (as in about since I was 4 years old) I've wanted a boat, wanted to live on a boat, spent most of my life obsessing over "ocean things" (mermaids, pirates, fish
, beach-aqua jogging...). I've lived right on the edge of the ocean my whole life (a terrible place for farming btw, between the sand and the cold salt wind
and the 90 day growing season, nothing grows.) Every 4th of July I stand on the beach to watch the fireworks and spend more time watching the people watching from their boats. Every Christmas
Santa rides into town on his lobster boat. The only thing this region is good for is fishermen and boats, seeing as we are daily bombarded by heavy rain and have temps under 50F most of the year, dropping to -48F in deep winter. You really have to love the ocean to be insane enough to live here...not many people do and I'm one of the not many, and I'm one of the few who lives here and doesn't have a boat. *sigh*
I feel in love with this amazing old 40' yacht years ago, tried to buy it, deal went through.
Anyways I start college next month and, was trying to figure out housing arrangements so I don't have to drive so far...and well, the whole coast of Maine
is boats no matter where you go, and low and behold the college is neighbors with a boat yard. perfect! a place to live, now I need a boat... and that 40' yacht I wanted years ago... still for sale
... she's grounded, been grounded over 20 years - she was in much better shape when I tried to buy her years ago - now she needs A LOT of work to get her sea worthy again, no one wants to spend the time.
So I've spent my recent days obsessing over how to get this boat fixed, so I can live on it, how much work does she need, how much will it cost me to fix her, can I do the repairs
myself or will I have to hire out, will it be cheaper to buy a different boat, etc, etc, etc and than it occurred to me... hey... I'm a woman alone, is this whole living on a boat thing even possible?
For some reason I never thought about that part til just now - been thinking about living on a boat most of my life, but never thought about the fact that every one around here living on a boat are families, and I've never seen a boat this size with less than 5 or 6 people on it... can a single
person even run a boat this size on their own... wow, you'd think all this thinking about living on a boat I would have thought of this before, but nope, I didn't. It never occurred to me to think that maybe I couldn't do this alone.
Your question, was "is it safe", I'm not worried about that sort of thing... I've lived around this environment
my whole life, I'd feel less safe away from it. My question is more into the range of: how a big a boat can a single woman handle by herself? a 40' yacht is a pretty big boat, but than I was also considering a 60' yacht for a while... is a 40' yacht too big for a woman alone? How hard is it for a woman alone to live on a boat? What about emergancies, say I end up in the hospital, who'll look after the boat and my cats?
And than there is the weather
. We get some pretty hellish weather
here. What about blizzards? We get hit by blizzards every few days 3 or 4 months a year, the boats have to come out of the water
during hurricans and blizzards...where do you live while you wait out the storm? What about the snow? Snow gets dumped on us 3 to 9 feet per storm, 3 to 5 days a week 4 to 7 months a year. Did I mention that people think every one who lives here is crazy because of the extreme weather we get? How the heck do you live fulltime on a boat, year round, HERE? I know people do it...I also know that when they get news of a storm they pull the boats out of the water
and spend a week with relatives in Florida
...uhm, but what about a single woman like me with no family
to stay with and the boat being the only place I have to live?
But yeah, I could go on asking questions about this for hours. I guess I have a bit more research
to do before I move into a boat, at least, before I move into a boat full time on a storm driven ice coated rocky coast.