Does a boat make a good home?
Maggie & I lived-aboard and cruised a small sailboat (C&C29) for nine years. We spent the winters cruising the Bahamas
, and the summers docked (& working) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
. We loved the lifestyle(s)!
But, on any rational basis, a boat makes a poor home. Compare almost any boat to a house of equivalent value. For instance; the house is likely to have more room, better heating/cooling, better cooking
& bathroom facilities, and less exposure to catastrophic damage, among many other advantages.
A boat is not a cheap
dockage is becoming ever more difficult to find, and commensurately more expensive. We started out paying about $300 USD / month (1992/93) for very nice facilities - and by Christmas
of 2000 were paying well over $600/mo for the same facility. This, for a hole in the water, and use of a shoreside bathroom.
So what attracts people to the liveaboard
lifestyle? For us, it was mainly the ďotherĒ half year (spent cruising) that kept us aboard. We couldnít afford both shoreside and cruising homes, so made do with a compromise.
Rational analysis aside - thereís something about living aboard
thatís difficult (for me) to describe. Thereís the marine
ďambianceĒ, the sense of community (among boaters), and just the feel of being afloat, near to one another (and our best Ďtoyí). Somehow, itís more than these. Is it the challenge of living well with few tangible resources, or perhaps a perverse masochism?
I donít know why anyone should really love the liveaboard lifestyle - I just know that we do!
Iíve done just as poor a job, describing the attraction to my shore-bound family
and friends, as Iíve done here. What is it that attracts you to the liveaboard experience?
My apologies for straying so far from Troubledourís query.
BTW, it seems (to me) that liveaboard dockage offers a much higher rate of return (on investment) than does the adjascent rental Apartment. Our landlord got >$625/mo rent on a $15K dock
, and about $2,000/mo. on a $200K apartment. (24 month payback vs 100 month). Dockage had about 95% occupancy rate, whereas Apartments had about 75%. I've not factored in the operating expences, which also favour the docks.
Not my field of expertise, but it seems that you may be on to something.