Great advice on living On board by the other posters.
Get some experience and training
thru an accredited or highly respected sailing club. You have no idea how much you will need to know to be a safe and knowledgeable skipper
of a sail or motor
Plus, you will be taking lessons on their boats, and learn about how different types of boats feel to you. I mean a sailing club that has a fleet of boats from 30 on up to high 40 footers. Not dingy sailing. Also take additional seminars like Marine Weather
, signal lights and day shapes, rough weather sailing, etc. How about fog
procedures, sound signals, anchoring
pick ups, VHF radio
Take the lessons, read the manual , pass the tests, and the on board check outs.
Also sign up for the U.S.G.C. Auxillary class.
Then before laying out a lot of cash, do some real sailing. Frankly without knowing anything, you are going to put you, your boat and others into possible extremis. And you may wind
up not even liking living aboard
and a lot of yankee green out the bilge pump
Do meed to be aware that not all marinas
welcome new or any live aboards.
Plus you need to pump
out your holding tanks
at a pump
out station, or 3 miles offshore
. You need to know how to operate your vessel, read charts
, understand navaids, plot courses so a coastal piloting course should be included in your training
We have talked about living on board, and we sail monohulls, but as suggested, we would live on board and skipper
, or beamy power boat
. We would want to live oncomfortably .
Boat systems, you had better learn about them, and when you get ready to buy a boat, go over all of the systems, standing rigging
, running rigging
. And for certain have the boat surveyed.
Portland.....it gets cold up in portland, so a space heater
of some kind will be needed.
Boats do not generally have heaters and air conditioners.
Also, another things is to check out any possible slip for creaky docks, scraping pilings, and even current
or wave slap or back surges from tidal changes.
You should also do longer passages with your sailing club overnights , and not just day sails
and learn about living on board, sleeping, size of berths and overheads, shower
and marine head
tables, room up in the cockpit
, dodgers and bimini
lights that actually allow you to have enough illumination at night to read down below.
Also, are there any topside leaks
around port lights or hatches, or even the mast
if it is stepped thru the cabin
How about marine head
operation and having to pump the head
into the holding tank
That is real fun on a steady basis. But , we do get used to it. Or if a newer vessel it you have aelectric mascerator, but even then you have to go to a pump our station every few days. Unless there is a pump out barge service
. Which can be rare.
And, check on Marinas in your area , if they even allow new live aboards.
living on board is like having your own waterfront condo, and that is great. But, it takes some real live investigation and learning
. If you do it right.
Add in maintenance
, and cleaning
, and bottom cleaning
, and redoing the teak
, and fixing the constant things that will arise.
Oh, and you will get acquainted with West Marine, a supply chain that will eat into your boxes of saved up dabloons, with great smiles and happy greetings.
Now, again , that is how we feel about having been sailing, professionally and having great amounts of fun coming on close to 40 years.
100% agree with putting everything in your favor, and make sure that it is a correct decision.
Do you have to do all the things that have been suggested, nope, you do not.
But in life, we have found THAR AINT NO FREE LUNCH.