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Old 22-05-2024, 14:39   #1
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Early Planning Stages from a Full-Time RVer

Hi all, we're starting to get serious about trading our 43-foot motorhome for a comparable boat in the future, probably in late 2027. We live in our motorhome and don't have a "sticks and bricks" house now, and we plan on living (or mostly living, not sure yet) on the future boat. We'd probably like to home base in Florida somewhere.

Lots of planning and reading on this and other forums in my future! I'm looking forward to every minute of it.


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Old 23-05-2024, 01:26   #2
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In case you haven’t heard of them, Gone With the Wynns transitioned from their RV to a Leopard 43. Their YT library is full of videos of their journey from land to sea, done in Florida.
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Old 23-05-2024, 04:24   #3
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I see a lot of posts about restrictions in FL that make live-aboard more challenging. Perhaps hard to predict what it will be like in 2027.
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Good luck!
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Old 24-05-2024, 06:17   #5
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In case you haven’t heard of them, Gone With the Wynns transitioned from their RV to a Leopard 43. Their YT library is full of videos of their journey from land to sea, done in Florida.
Nice! I used to follow them to get ready for RV full-timing a few years ago. I'll check them out again, thanks for the tip.
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Old 24-05-2024, 06:19   #6
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I see a lot of posts about restrictions in FL that make live-aboard more challenging. Perhaps hard to predict what it will be like in 2027.
I think any time you live your life in an out-of-ordinary way it will be challenging, but the rewards are worth it. I'll keep an eye out for that information, though, thanks.
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... and we plan on living (or mostly living, not sure yet) on the future boat. We'd probably like to home base in Florida somewhere.

Search out threads about Florida, hurricanes, hurricane plans, marinas, and insurance.

Search out threads about marinas and liveaboards.

Nothing insurmountable, but you'll want to take stuff like that into account while you're planning.

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Hurricanes are the biggest thing to deal with in Florida if you are in the path.

Make a plan in case you lose the boat during a hurricane as far as where you will live.

Housing was the biggest problem in Pensacola, FL after the Cat3/4 Ivan came through in 2004.

Almost everyone living on Pensacola Beach had to leave.

Many homes and apartments were also destroyed along the mainland coast.

100's of sailboats were destroyed.

Many ended up in packed FEMA Trailer parks.

The apartment complex I used to live in until 2001 had 8' of water in the lower floor apartments and was condemned.

It took 2 years to rebuilt it.

The surge which occurred around 3 am was 12'-18' depending on where you were.
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Hurricanes are terrifying! I've been reading about how people spend their winters in the Virgin Islands. We also picked up the Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands and it's been helpful to see what it's like. This sounds interesting to us.

If we'll be switching from full-time RVing to full-time boating in the winter of 2027/2028 then we were thinking we'd start looking for courses that let you use one of your boats to pass the courses in the winter of 2026/2027. We're also thinking of doing a charter trip in the Virgin Islands over that winter, just to make sure we like the idea, still. Lots of ideas floating around at this point, but the planning is fun.
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Best advice would be to learn to sail. Ideally learn to sail now before you start looking to buy a boat. You might found you despise sailing. I certainly hope not but better to find that out before buying a sailing yacht than after.
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Best advice would be to learn to sail. Ideally learn to sail now before you start looking to buy a boat. You might found you despise sailing. I certainly hope not but better to find that out before buying a sailing yacht than after.
We're looking at power catamarans now, no interest in sailing or doing long open-ocean trips. Still, we want to take courses for boating (our boat is a little runabout now, so we don't have any experience with larger boats), navigation, and engine repair. At the very least. We want to be prepared, and luckily, we have enough time to do it.
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