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Old 16-11-2017, 21:26   #46
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Re: Where do You Live aboard, and Why?

If I was to use a monohull, Iíd go much larger. 33í is definitely fun for 4-5 days, but my reason for moving to a boat is to enjoy the lifestyle and not necessarily do it cheaply. Iím more concerned with availability than expense. I know being on a Cat is very limiting in FL, but Iím looking forward to the space and the open layout.
Thanks again for the info... the area youíre in looks pretty awesome. Itís a great secondary option. Iím hoping to be within range of Miami airport (less than an hour) which of course limits my options even more, lol...
I really admire what many of you are doing. Itís very impressive. I hope to join your ranks in the next year or two.
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Old 17-11-2017, 04:53   #47
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Re: Where do You Live aboard, and Why?

Good luck. The lifestyle is terrific. Nothing like having your morning coffee on deck.

Agree with you about going larger for a long term situation, we went with a 38 to balance room vs ease of shorthanding. Once you get above around 40-42 feet you star running into slip availability issues for the mono hull as well. Here we have a 40 foot slip and can have a 10% overhang. If I was doing this long term I wouldn’t want anything smaller than a 37 with our crew. If I was single and singlehanded 100% of the time I would probably look at an Out Island 33.

One thing I would watch carefully is draft. It is really shallow down here. We draw 5’1” (officially), loaded I am guessing it is 5’5”. We are most definitely on our keel at low tide: I would have used a hard and fast draft of 4’5” or looked at a swing keel/CB if I had to do it again.
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Old 17-11-2017, 05:47   #48
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Thank you, again. Very helpful! Iíll keep you posted.
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Gosh so many places - Let's see - Trindad for hurricane season - just be careful where you go and stay close to Jesse James


Tunisia - 2 winters and wow what a great places and country - inexpensive and safe - and Hammamet has a wonderful marina


Kusadasi Turkey - got a bit cold last year - but nice town and marina is modern BUT the management is probably the worst we have seen in a long long time - we would never go back


Marmaris Turkey - farther south than Kusadasi - a bit warmer - a bit more touristy but still quite nice and inexpensive -
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