So Hello Everyone, I first have to say thank you so very much for taking the time to be so informative and helpful on this forum. It's not often that you can find this much useful information in one place. I've learned more from reading this forum for a few days than I could learn in a year from books
. With that said:
I'm very new to this and am planning on being a liveaboard
. Obviously I'll need to go on a few trips to cement the idea, but I doubt that my opinion will change. My wonderful wife and 2 children
will be accompanying me. At 8 and 9 they'll be old enough to understand what needs to be taken seriously to make this possible.
We'll be traveling as much as possible, without an itinerary(for the most part) as there are to many places to go and so much beauty to behold. I'm still working, but will try to arrange things around this. Financial concerns are the only real stumbling block. but I'm sure I can prevail.
For a bit of background, we we've involved in a flood almost exactly a year ago and lost
found a loophole, and we had to start over. Luckily I still had my job, so normal income
wasn't interrupted, we moved into an apartment and dealt with the local slum lord. As we had no other option at the time. After a few months my son began to develop breathing problems, wound up in the hospital, and we were out another 20K. There was a mold
issue we'd been fighting in the a/c system. I knew that this was going to be the norm if we went this route
So, I made a decision, spent about 35-40 days researching and bought an RV. After the normal fix up from a new purchase
, we moved in and have been living full time here for over 6 months now. My wife finally realizes the futility of keeping what we have in storage
, and we're about to start the sorting process to the things we really need, and what it will be cheaper to buy again later instead of paying for years on something we already own. And yes, the research
necessary for the move to an rv was minimal compared to the switch to a boat, but we've got the time this go-round to make a really well informed decision.
We home school
(and have been since after the first 6 weeks of public school
this season, the public system is unfortunately broken) An d know well the benefits of this type of education. we have absolutely no regrets about that decision, other than that we did not do it sooner.
We have the same regret about not getting an RV sooner. Wanted a diesel
but didn't find one worth the price
during the small window we had (did I mention that we were informed that our lease
would not be re-newed since we had reported to apartments to the city authorities after they did not take care of the health
issue.) I hate having to take anything to a regulating body to get something accomplished, I'd much prefer talking man to man and getting things resolved, unfortunately that is not always possible.
I'll normally even do the work myself for free if parts
are provided as I enjoy working on things constantly. From what I've read, this makes a really good fit for a boat owner
. I'm decided on a sailboat, with a diesel engine
, have no idea as to the size we'll need nor sail configuration. I've still entirely too much to learn to even begin narrowing it down from there.
In the interim I can travel on weekends and do so as often as the mood strikes. I've still a thing or two to fix up to make it just right, but nothing that stops us from traveling or enjoying the time we already spend here.
So that's enough rambling.
Again I want to thank you for such a wonderful place to glean the real information that's needed to make the decisions I'll need to make in the coming future. I'll be picking your brains and grabbing a few books
to lock down the elementary principle's, but i'll do my best to make the questions something that you haven't already been answering for the past 70,000 visitors.