One more thing ... to those that think they will live on the hook full time. Where you gonna get the water
and bathe? What you gonna do when the creek freezes over in the winter? Think about it.[/QUOTE]
Perusing this thread is interesting and enlightening and so entertaining.
If one thinks they will live on a mooring
or the hook in a boat
that can't move on it's own, you need to rethink that. I lived on a Tartan 30 on the CA coast for several years. Working times were spent in a marina, nuff said. Non working times on the hook, very satisfying, rewarding and romantic. You need a dependable dinghy
optional. I had a west marine
deflatable, two horse nissan
ob, an ugly hard bottom that could take the motor
and rowed easily and kayak
. If all else failed, had a long board. Towed hard dink, stowed deflatable on deck
when under way. Hard bottom was 'almost free', so expendable if it were to sink while being towed, just cut it away. Moved around enough and used engine
enough toe keep batteries
charged. Had running lights when needed and radar
when needed. Interior
lights were led, never had a shortage of amps, didn't need solar
or wind generator
, seldom used more than 20 gallons a month of fuel
in the atomic four. Filled water
tank, 30 gallons, and two five gallon sunshowers, pumped holding tank
and hosed off boat
at fuel dock
while fueling. Thus the need to be able to move your boat. Lived large and inexpensively.
Personally, IMO, those living on derilicts waiting for them to sink out from under them are taking up useable mooring
and anchorage for those who actually maintain their boats to a certain degree to at least they are moveble. When I was cruising Mex, it struck me as quite selfish and 'unseaman like' for those who never moved their boats and were basically homesteading to have, and keep, the best and closest anchor
spots to shore or facilities. If you are living on a derelict boat that is an eysore, causing a problem to navigation
, taking up scarce anchorage or mooring space and giving basically a bad image to JQP about the liveaboard
lifestyle, you should be living under a bridge somwhere. Oh and by the way, if your boat never moves, and you live on it, where are you pumping out? Duh?? Your are a nuisance, an eyesore and a bio hazard.
Ok, I had my rant.
Damnit man, gotta lay the caffine. Or not....