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Old 21-10-2016, 18:40   #1
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Hey,
I'm new to the forum. I've dreamed of living on a boat for quite some time. I'm at a time in my life where my dreams and reality could collide. I would love to be able to live in a boat, at least that's been my dream.
To make sure that it's not a pipe dream, I would like to try living on a boat for 2+ months but don't know if there is any possibility in renting a boat off season to try it.
We sailed the BVI a few years ago and got the bug to get back, although I may be flying solo for these 2 months.
Does anyone know of a rental that exists??

Gary
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Old 22-10-2016, 04:29   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Gary.
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Old 22-10-2016, 08:08   #3
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Old 22-10-2016, 09:11   #4
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Gary, where do you wanna be? Which month?
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Old 22-10-2016, 10:16   #5
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Gary.
Thanks for the welcome GordMay!!!

I'm just starting to look into a dream that I've had for a long time.

This forum looks like a bunch of nice folks that may possibly get me to the edge of the pool to dive in.

We'll see what happens!

Again, thanks for the welcome!

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Welcome here! I can't help you with rental ideas in BVI, but in one of these threads I did read of a kind of AirBNB for boats.... I'll see if I can find it.....
Good luck in your plans!
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Gary, where do you wanna be? Which month?

I'm really not sure on either question at the moment. We sailed the BVI's in 2010 and loved the islands, the people and the places to have some fun.

What I would like and what is available may be to far away from each other to do. What I would like to do is experience living on a boat for two months to really see if this is for me/us(more for me, my wife would prefer a cabin in the mountains). I think this amount of time will be sufficient to determine the next step.

I'm hoping that someone in this forum knows if this at all possible. I understand that the off season would be the only time that this may work.

I'm 60 years old, live in South Carolina and am still working at the moment. I'd like to continue with having fun while I can instead of putting the fun off until I hit the 100% SS draw each month. There's a lot that can happen in the next six years so I'd like to taste a little part of my dream now. We'll see that happens.

So, back to your question........I think I'd like to stay in the BVI's and it looks like off season will be the only option, it that is an option.

Thanks for reaching out!!!!

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Welcome here! I can't help you with rental ideas in BVI, but in one of these threads I did read of a kind of AirBNB for boats.... I'll see if I can find it.....
Good luck in your plans!
Thanks for the great idea Don!
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BVI is not a true image of living aboard cruising, its very commercialized.
Widen your search. We have had people on board to test the concept, some of whom have stepped off our boat straight onto their new one. 2 months is a big ask to share a boat, but you could rent one and be alone. The down side is that you will make many mistakes and the advantage of sharing with an experienced cruiser is far more educational.
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Thanks for the great idea Don!
I'm having a real brain fart trying to recall where I saw that site for a boat BNB but I did find this, as one other kind of example, out of the UK:
Boat Buddys

Here's another possibility:
https://boatbound.co/

also try the search here for other threads with "airbnb" in them or "boat rental" etc... I am sure this topic has been discussed among the threads...

Let us know what you find!!
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Try a CF Google Custom Search with "boat AirBnb Florida". I remember reading about one, too. Not more than 2 months ago. (The CF Google Custom Search is part of the Search drop down menu on the upper right of the screen.)

And, welcome aboard.

If you can make it fun for her, your wife might go along with it. Fun is the critical factor.

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Try a CF Google Custom Search with "boat AirBnb Florida". I remember reading about one, too. Not more than 2 months ago. (The CF Google Custom Search is part of the Search drop down menu on the upper right of the screen.)

And, welcome aboard.

If you can make it fun for her, your wife might go along with it. Fun is the critical factor.

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