as the title says I'm planning to purchase
and move into a liveaboard
I live in Portland
, OR, I'm moving out there for Graduate school
starting this fall (end of August start)
I've been sailing a Newport
28 on the Columbia
river out here for 4 years, so I'm not completely new. I've never spent more than a night or two on my boat
out here (its just not set up for it and I currently own a house).
I've always toyed with the idea of living on a boat
. I can't remember how many times I read through the classified ads daydreaming when I was a kid. I figure since I have to throw away half my stuff (read donate to charity) anyway for the move, why not make it 90% of my stuff and move onto a boat at the same time!
I'd always previously planned to live on a Sailboat, but from what I've been looking up (and from the available market in the Pittsburgh area) it looks like since I wont be travelling at all, and will likely have to resell the boat in about 3 years (since I likely wont get my first job in Pittsburgh).
So I'm planning a budget
of <35k for the purchase
. My target range is is a 26-40 ft cabin
cruiser or a 30-36ft sailboat (as I said the availability of sail and my relatively stationary owning seems to favor a cruiser though)
Things I'm paying attention to/planning:
and trial prior to purchase of boat.
A/C - its humid and hot in the summers and I'm weak
Heat - So neither I nor the boat freeze
- I plan to primarily use the marinas
facilities, but on the occasion I do use mine I'd greatly prefer this
type - My current
boat is Gas, I'd prefer a Diesel
(both for lower fire risk and potential to use a diesel heater
and share fuel
type) if I can find a solid one, but it looks like in my price
range I'll likely be staying with Gas?
- or at minimum all interior
space enclosed together, no separate entrance to the aft cabin or I wont be able to use that space much in the winter.
Cost - I'm expecting about 6k a year in marina fees
for the size I'm looking at and staying in pittsburgh proper. That leaves me up to 500 a month in maint, fuel or repairs
to still come out ahead vs renting
in the majority of places I was looking.
What other aspects should I be looking at, what have I missed?
Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated! And I promise I'll be reading anything you take the time to write!
Thank you in advance,