Originally Posted by SV THIRD DAY
There is a HUGE difference between "Sailing" and "Living Aboard".
Very few "Live Aboards" just drop the mooring
ball or dock
lines and go out for an afternoon or sunset sail! Sure there are those that do...there are exceptions to almost every rule
of thumb. But for the most part Living Aboard
and Sailing are two totally different things.
When we were cruising for example with the kids
we were on a 36ft boat and it was plenty big for us, but once we decided we wanted to "live aboard" we knew right away it would be impossible for us on a 36ft boat, so we bought a 50ft pig of the sailing fleet but King of Live Aboard boats to live aboard in comfort. And if we decided to head
out cruising againg tomorrow, I would want that 36ft boat back! It just goes to show I think the different mindset and needs of Sailing, Cruising, and Living Aboard
PS: The di-hard sailors will despise you as just a live aboard if you don't get out sailing once a week and the cruisers will bad mouth you if you are not moving your location more frequently than the seasons. So lesson No 1, stop giving a **** about what other people think!
Best advice/comment so far. And very true.
As a live aboard one of our goals is that the boat needs to be sailable in 1 hour. But that doesn't lend itself to going for a sunset sail at a whim. Before we were live aboards we could have been off the dock
in 10 minutes.
Now, going for a day sail is a special event. The winds look really good (we don't leave for less than 10 kts because I don't like flopping around in light and variable winds) or we have some friends that want to go out and we made plans to have them down.
We are still working full time so we are pretty limited in our time on the water
(need to build the kitty before we can head
out cruising). We try to get off the dock most weekends. Typically that would involve heading out to a local anchorage (usually within an hour of our marina) to spend the weekend. Often that will mean just powering over there because the winds will be in the wrong direction or too light to get over there in a decent time.
As pointed out above, I am sure our approach makes us snickered at by both the diehard sailors and full time cruisers. But I don't give a s#!t. I want to be a cruiser. Living aboard is cheaper than owning a house and a boat. It allows us to save for our kitty. But we will be doing it at 40, not 65. If I have to deal with those attitudes from both sides, I don't really care.
Further, I don't ever see myself living on land again. When our money
runs out and we have to find some way to start building the kitty again, it will very likely be while living on a boat. I find the whole life style that much more enjoyable than living on land.