WOW!!!! REALLY??? Yes, I understand that many live on boats and do so very happly. Anyway, I am happy to share my thoughts and experiences which do NOT include living on a boat.
I started sailing on a 30' Hunter
with Wifey and 2 kids way back in 1979. The boat was purchased new in the 30K range back then, and that was a huge mistake. We used that boat for about 25 years, most without kids. That boat was just too darn small so finally back aboiut 6 years ago we made the transition to power. We purchased a used 40' Silverton Aftcabin that I poured big bucks into for our comfort. The boat is completely enclosed with canvas/glass, hugh windlass
, 7.5KW generator
, 100 gal of fresh water.....and I am midway thorugh designing & building my own water maker that wil provide us with 35-40 gal/hour. It also has A/C and heat via the heat pump.
NO WAY IN #$%^& WOULD I WANT TO LIVE FULL TIME ON MY BOAT. Even at 40' with all the things I have added including a davit crane to lift
my equiped dinghy
into and out of the water. IT IS TOO SMALL.
How many square feet of living space do you currently enjoy? The outside dimensions of my boat are 40 with a beam of 14 so using those numbers I have 560 square feet of living space...... but we don't! Space is taken up for deck
area, the boat is pointy so another huge error in calculating living space. We maybe have 400 square feet. Think about it. Closet space, food storage
and we do have an 8CU foot upright but I dout you will on a sailboat unless your into something in the 40+ range.
Do you like living in the middle of nowhere, on an anchor
? How do you plan to travel when on land? Where do you plan to go with the boat? Around here in New England
we suffer from very cold winters. OH--- are you ready to go without electricity because there ain't none on anchor unless of course your want to pay $5/gal for fuel
to run a generator
. Do not overlook laundry
Yes there are safety
issues but I think most people can adapt to learning how to address safety
but how about learning to haul water in gerry cans to a boat at anchor with ziltch for electric
power. Your original post gives me a solid impression that you are a very wise person.
My advise is to go veeeerrry slooooowly. Rent a boat for a few weeks AFTER taking safety courses and sailing courses. Just my thoughts----