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Old 12-09-2011, 06:54   #1
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Well I did it! Iíve waited to post until I actually moved on the boat. Iíve looked for 2 Ĺ years to find the sailboat I wantedÖ.it never happened!.... I bought a powerboat instead to live on. It was either the price or style that I couldnít get to match so out of frustration I just bought a powerboat. Iíve been on the fence for several years but one of the members on here I think his name is MarkJ kept posting responses to members to- just go do it! I was reading some post he had responded to and thought what an ass! Itís not that easyÖitís notÖbut it was. Well come to find out he was right and I was the ass! He said once, ďdonít let anyone tell you no, just go do it!Ē For all you on the fencersÖlolÖListen to what MarkJ told me. Plus I didnít want to turn 80 years old sitting on a porch somewhere thinking, why didnít I do it when I had the chance. Iíve been a boater for 30 years so I get boats but living on one is different. Iím in my late 50ís and work from the boat, divorced with two girls out of college so it was the time to do it. You only live once and itís over in a blinkÖÖMost everyone told me I was crazy- now that's changed. Now I get "wow, you are really doing what you wanted to do". Thanks MarkJ whoever you are.

Anyway, I bought a Carver 440, started in Stuart six months ago but now reside in West Palm. I was amazed at all the nitpicky things you must keep up on maintenance wise. I found out early on you get to know every sound and when it doesnít sound right the register rings!Öso learn to repair as much as you can. And if and when the repairman comes- watch and take notes. Most of it isnít rocket science but you do need to do it once to feel comfortable. As for the twin diesels well Iím not ready for that yet but the filters, oil changes, etc, I can handle. Iím close to having most everything up to par so things should settle down. Just need to keep the regular maintenance up after that. Iím early in this but love it. As for the womenÖitís been good and bad. Space has been the biggest complaint but they like the rocking! The best part of a live aboard to me is freedom. I can untie and be off to someplace new when I get bored. Since I work on the boat all I need is phone/internet access.

Now hereís the real plan..I want that sailboat! So Iím on this boat for two years then Iím buying the sailboat. I have 2 1/2 years of sailboat looking so I now know what to expect and believe it will be easier to make that decision when the time comes. Then Iím offÖ.Maybe South America maybe not! But Iím going somewhere and it wonít be coastal cruising in the good ol USA. The forum has been great and Iíve learned a lot..thanks to all that posted. Doug

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Old 12-09-2011, 07:55   #2
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Re: New to Liveaboard life

Welcome Doug,
We have a lot in common. I'm living on and am refitting my 40' ketch with similar plans. Moving the boat to Florida before winter and then to Panama after hurricane season next year. Maybe we'll meet up somewhere along the line.

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:35   #3
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Welcome Doug
I would say go for it, but you already are
Happy adventures, and see ya out there ( keep an eye out for Rain Dog)
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Old 12-09-2011, 13:26   #4
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Welcome Aboard Cruisers Forum Doug
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Old 20-10-2011, 12:43   #5
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you posting now. You'll be able to ask questions and maybe someone here can help.
kind regards,
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Old 20-10-2011, 12:54   #6
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Good luck and welcome aboard

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