I hope someone hasn't already posted something like this before, but I haven't been able to find any similar topics in my searches.
I am practically totally ignorant to the boating
world, and have only limited knowledge on the subject with what I have found in my extensive google
searches (but both my parents were in the Navy
, so that has to count for something right?
). I am totally mesmerized with the idea of being a liveaboard!
I am almost done with school
and my goal is to move to Texas
when I have completed my degree. If I prove pleasing to the gods and am looked on with good fortune, I may be able to work almost anywhere and would love to live on the water
if it was a viable option. I will be in my mid-twenties when I graduate and want to move somewhere where I can make friends/snatch a trophy husband with other young-professionals. My big question is: is there a sizable young-professional community around the clear lake/Kemah/Houston-adjacent areas, or are the boaters here mostly wealthy retirees and/or families? I plan to visit the area when I get a little closer to graduation, but would LOVE any input about areas on the coast (nearish to Houston) where there may be a sizable young-professional community.
I would like to spend as little $ as possible to buy a fixer-upper boat (one that floats would be great...) and restore it as I go. I have seen a few 26-30 footers for sale
, TX on craigslist for about $6,000-$9,000. Since I have to work on shore with other landlubbers, being able to sail is not necessary right away. I want to be able to go on sailing adventures eventually, but this boat will primarily be my and my dog's residence. If you have any good literature to refer me to about ... sailboats... that would be great!
I am a little worried about my dog living aboard
the boat. He is very small (albeit slightly obese at the moment...) at about 30 pounds (his healthy weight is about 25, so he really is small), and ridiculously lazy. He lounges anywhere and everywhere at home, so lounging on a boat is probably pretty similar to lounging around on land (yes we go on daily walks to get back into our fighting weight...). Basically my greatest fear is that I will leave him on the boat for a couple of hours and a freak flash-hurricane/tsunami/Poseidon rises from the sea
and engulfs him and the boat, and he is lost
to the sea forever, and then I have to throw myself on a fire to be reunited with him in the afterlife. Obviously I would never leave my dog alone without climate control, food
, his squishy cushion, the radio
or TV on to keep him company, his toys, first aid, rescue
flare, etc. but what have your experiences been like leaving a dog alone onboard. OBviously I don't plan on neglecting him and leaving him there alone for countless hours, but... getting down to brass tacks I cannot take him Everywhere I go (but he his polite and hypoallergenic so I don't see why not), and he will inevitably have to be left alone sometimes. What do you do to comfort your dog when he/she's left alone?
Also, my favorite food
is crab. I am going to take full advantage of this opportunity and eat it: E.V.E.R.Y. D.A.Y. I don't know if this one leaves a lot of opportunity for you to give me advice (but you know I would appreciate it!) or if I am just gloating!
Thank you so much for your help!!!