, quoted here:
"Look for 8,000-10,000 pounds for the first occupant then add 5,000 for each extra person. Consider tankage as well, 40 gallons+ of water
, keep everything simple. Small is good. "
is absolutely sound!
My wife and I live for weeks at a time in a 30 foot five-tonner. For your purpose, as you state it, consider that "livability" is more important than "sailability. We have 6'3" headroom
in the saloon
, and at 6" tall I wouldn't like less. This is achieved by means of a "pilot house" that confers the additional benefit in terms of livability of having large windows so we don't feel as confined as we would in, say, a Mirage 27 [hello Mike ;-)!], or worse yet, a C&C
27. But, obviously, TrentePieds doesn't SAIL as well as either of those boats. Ye pays yer money
I cannot believe that you would not have quite a large choice of older, suitable boats in a place like Melbourne. Do you perhaps need to look a little harder?
Your worst problem is going to be storage
. Boats require the keeping of a fair bit of miscellaneous clobber such a tools and spare line, odds'n'sods of materials for their upkeep, spare fenders and formerly, in my case, a respectable business suit. I solved
that problem by buying
a van for the boat
. Being barely mobile is all that's required of the van. It's really no more'n a storage
shed. More storage volume than you could possibly find in a 30 foot live-aboard
. Nice and dry, too!
We have a standard marine
toilet with holding tank
, of course, but what a pain to deal with! We have no shower
. So when we are at our home berth, we trot up to the marina's facilities. The half-mile walk does us good :-). Our home waters are really too cold to swim in, so away from the marina, a "Liverpool wash" substitutes for a shower. The Liverpool wash does the job too on days so rainy that the trot to the marina's shower has no appeal.
We are plugged in to shore power
when in our home berth, and a GOOD "intelligent" charger
is worth the six hundred Canuckibux, or so, that it costs. Be sensible about you power budget
and install LEDs for illumination. Don't waste money
on fancy batteries
. A couple of "deep cycle" 27 series batt.s from your auto parts
suppliers is, IMO, the optimal solution. The are not "quality" batteries
but that doesn't matter for a live-aboard
. They are cheap
enuff to consider disposable :-)!
Do NOT get fancy about your water
supply! Do NOT fit the boat
with a "snap-on" receptacle for the water hose in order to have pressure water off the dock's supply. The risk of something going "pop" in the boat's onboard plumbing
is great, and the consequences of that could well be a sunk boat.
Those are just a couple of considerations for the greenhorn liveaboard
. The bane of all liveaboards here on the "wet coast" of NA is the wet that must necessarily come aboard as you come home and shed your clothes that got wet walking to the boat. Moisture in a boat around here is really difficult to get rid of, and is more injurious to the boat than you would think. Turn you hanging locker into an "airing cupboard" in the old-fashioned English
style, and make sure it is well ventilated, taking air from the cabin
and exhausting it overboard
when it's laden with moisture from the drying clothes. A fan from an old computer's power supply in the cat's pajamas for the purpose.
So you see, there is nothing particularly difficult or "foreign" about living aboard
. You just have to think it through.