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Old 28-08-2020, 15:06   #76
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Re: Hi, first question about living aboard life

dont really know why im chipping in on this - I had a simple rule "dont buy the boat 'til you're ready to go". I broke it a few times and i dont regret it but i wouldnt wish it on anyone else. I'm about your age, been sailing since i was about 8, and I've had to reconsider my potentialities - the sea is a tough place. Best i can wish you is you take to it like you were born to be on a boat.
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Old 07-09-2020, 20:47   #77
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Hello, I'm new to the forum and not sure if I should be jumping in on this thread or starting a new one. I too am reaching retirement and looking for, particularly, a trawler. While I love traveling, my intention for the trawler is to remain dockside 90% of the time. I'm too much of a newbie as well. My only experience is with canoes and kayaks! My query lies in wondering how little mechanical maintenance costs I can avoid by remaining moored. On the flip side, because of my like of marine experience, I wonder what costs lie in just keeping my trawler in the water over several years. What will I have to do over that time? I'm sure once I buy the boat, get into the marina, and go from there, you meet people and you learn. I just thought I'd jump in here ahead of time and see if someone can help with the planning stages of live aboard life. thanks.
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...yikes...shoulda proof read. Should read. "...my lack of marine experience". Big difference!
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Old 07-09-2020, 23:35   #79
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Re: Hi, first question about living aboard life

Hi there, I hope you get some good answers. If you don't, though, you might try visiting Trawler Forum, a website forum online where you're likely to find like-minded people with the knowledge you need. Easily found with Google. Good luck! Happy trails!
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26 is too small, and I bet not much cheaper.
Right now however is not the time to buy a boat, for whatever reason they are selling strongly now, we went overnight from a buyers market to a sellers market.
Now that's interesting. I've seen used car sales have gone through the roof, was wondering about sailboats. Is that just anecdotal information or what are you looking at that shows the boost to a sellers market?
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Re: Hi, first question about living aboard life

Terrific thread.

Sellers market? Maybe if the boat is in really good condition. Boats are expensive to own and operate. Sailboats in marginal or poor condition are almost without value. I am always searching for a cruiser of about 35 feet that mama will accept. Too many require too much work, even for me. So, no, I do not think there is a sellers market for smaller cruising sailboats.

My 33 footer is a racer that is out of date and is essentially unsellable. I love it and would cruise it anywhere but I am about the only guy who would. My wife won't even talk about it! Some pics of the boat on my profile.

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Terrific thread.

My 33 footer is a racer that is out of date and is essentially unsellable. I love it and would cruise it anywhere but I am about the only guy who would. My wife won't even talk about it! Some pics of the boat on my profile.

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Ahhhh, so many of us have had to choose between our boat and our wife!


Personally, I chose the boat. Never regretted it!
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Re: Hi, first question about living aboard life

After three, I'm just tired of the battle. After the first, I thought I'd get it right the second time. After the third, she swore she'd go cruising and then...

I met a woman who says she'd like to cruise but I know better now.

Oh well
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Re: Hi, first question about living aboard life

Addding to the above note:
Living aboard is an unusual way of life for most people I have met who were raised in houses. My mother was raised aboard for part of her early years. Her mother was raised by ship builders and mariners and thought life aboard was the best.

I have learned by observation and disappointment that the idea of travelling by boat is romantic but not sustainable. Not just for women but also for men.

Anyway, just so no one thinks I am off women or anything like that.
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