Originally Posted by set
My tiny dog loves the boat too! Where in Australia do you live? I was there for 4 weeks in '01 and had an amazing time. My 2 favorite places were Magnetic Island and Broome.
Yes, currently we live just north of Seattle
. Looking forward to being on a boat full time. I like the Freedoms, do you have any good suggestions of things to think about when buying
Near Newcastle in New South Wales - good boating weather
all year, no cyclones, no ice.......
Oh, and as for what to look for in a live aboard.... Big enough to live on, but not too big to handle solo, for us that means in the 30-40 foot range, but small enough to be able to afford year round running expenses (in this regard, smaller is better), but big enough that any expected weather
isn't a problem, and can make passage
out of our little bay whenever we get the notion (in this regard bigger is better)
We actually bought ours just as a weekender, but one thing lead to another and now we live on and will probably do so for at least the next 6 months...
big enough to be comfortable
toilet with holding tank
(although I'm in a no discharge zone, I wouldn't discharge anywhere I anchor
- don't crap where you sleep/swim/eat)
storage/fridge space to not have to shop every day, and not need to live on takeaway)
system that's useable away from the dock
Flexible electrical system
, so you can do whatever you need away from dock
, large battery
Enough range to go places - less of an issue with sail, but we are a power boat
, again, don't want to be forced to stay in one place forever, need ability to wander.
tankage, or a water maker - again for use away from dock.
Everything else becomes "nice to have" rather than "must have"
We have a storage
unit down the street from the marina, if something isn't in use, it's not on the boat.