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Liveaboards 07 Nov 2011 22:49 #1

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There are a number of us currently living aboard, and a greater number who desire or dream of doing so- share the unique joys, heartaches, and challenges of being aboard full time.

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Liveaboards 08 Nov 2011 01:13 #2

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My wife and I have been liveaboards for 11 years. Love it welll untill nights like last night. Webasto went out.

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Liveaboards 08 Nov 2011 01:47 #3

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I live on ours about 40 weeks a year, love being on the river. If I had diesel heat I'ld try those other 12 weeks.

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I just started my journey into the world of Liveaboards 3 weeks ago. I must say that I love it so far. Except for a few problems with the head it has been a smooth transition for me. The weather here in north Texas is cooperating nicely and I can forsee this as a lifestyle long lived.

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We 'live aboard' our 4087 for 3-4 months every year. I know that doesn't really count and its not through the winter.

With the layout of our boat it would be so easy to live on it year round as long as heating was up to snuff and we had an electric blanket that could tolerate the inverter!! Think I conquered that issue, we'll see.

My only issue would be not having a work shop to mess in. I can only do so many boat projects, even if it does take me most of the 3-4 months to complete them all. Having the time to get the fiberglass, washed, waxed, polished and keep it up all the time would be great.

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Liveaboards 08 Nov 2011 19:45 #6

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We liveaboard our entire short season in the North. About 100 days, all on the hook. We leave after launch and when we return the boat is hauled.
Our last overnight at the dock (excluding the launch day) was 6 seasons ago.
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Liveaboards 08 Nov 2011 20:38 #7

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Jsn116;628777 wrote: I just started my journey into the world of Liveaboards 3 weeks ago. I must say that I love it so far. Except for a few problems with the head it has been a smooth transition for me. The weather here in north Texas is cooperating nicely and I can forsee this as a lifestyle long lived.


Welcome to a very addicting lifestyle! When you get time, click on the 'user cp' at the top of the page and enter some details about your boat- it'll make it easier for other to assist you with problems....

I'm going on year 2 as a full time liveaboard- I often wonder why I didn't make the move long ago....

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Liveaboards 08 Nov 2011 20:49 #8

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This is my 10th year as a full time liveaboard, summer and winter just east of Toronto.
As long as I have my health I will not live on dirt.

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I'm just finishing my first year living aboard and have no plans to return to land. I generally love it even on the coldest days. The only hardship is severe cold. Power bills are high. Ice storms can make it tricky to get to the parking lot or back, particularly with groceries. I have had to ration my water when the 300 gallon freshwater tank is low and the marina water line freezes. There are few people out here in the winter, so lots of solitude.

I love wintertime cruising. We took the 3888 out in the snow when thin ice covered the cove.

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davidwigler;629212 wrote: I'm just finishing my first year living aboard and have no plans to return to land. I generally love it even on the coldest days. The only hardship is severe cold. Power bills are high. Ice storms can make it tricky to get to the parking lot or back, particularly with groceries. I have had to ration my water when the 300 gallon freshwater tank is low and the marina water line freezes. There are few people out here in the winter, so lots of solitude.

I love wintertime cruising. We took the 3888 out in the snow when thin ice covered the cove.


I would love to see some pictures of that.

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I think this is a great forum addition.

I would appreciate it if someone who has moved onboard would start a thread on modifications that have added to the liveability of their boat.

We have a 38 and are planning to make the move in three years.

We are doing projects like adding storage and planning on fixing the leaking water tank.

Heat is one is that I would like some comments. Also, we don't AC and am wondering about whether we need to add it or not.

Thanks in advance.

RDO

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Liveaboards 10 Nov 2011 22:18 #12

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I like your idea....

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Liveaboards 11 Nov 2011 04:08 #13

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Oh Man....I admire you guys, but I would absolutely go totally raving nuts if I were stuck living on my boat for anything longer then a couple weeks. Don't get me wrong...I love the boat, but I also love my shop, my house, my yard, etc etc. Just goes to show..different strokes for different folks.

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Liveaboards 11 Nov 2011 16:21 #14

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I am just finishing my first year aboard as well. I have two boats. A 4788 and a 48 Hatteras LRC. My Daughters live full time aboard my 47 in Alameda Ca, I am currently on my Hatteras in Walnut Grove in the Ca Delta. At this time I have no plans to go back. I miss my shop and the short walk from the garage to the kitchen with groceries. But that's it. Waking up and being on the water, having coffee as the morning mist rises from the water or the sound of trolling motors at dawn as your alarm clock, weird as that sounds, running to the grocery store in my dingy, all of these things make me wonder if I'm living a dream. Fortunately I had the fore sight to build a rolling shop in a 26" trailer and that has allowed me to continue working with my hands.
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Liveaboards 11 Nov 2011 16:29 #15

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davidwigler;629212 wrote: I'm just finishing my first year living aboard and have no plans to return to land. I generally love it even on the coldest days. The only hardship is severe cold. Power bills are high. Ice storms can make it tricky to get to the parking lot or back, particularly with groceries. I have had to ration my water when the 300 gallon freshwater tank is low and the marina water line freezes. There are few people out here in the winter, so lots of solitude.

I love wintertime cruising. We took the 3888 out in the snow when thin ice covered the cove.


300 gallons !!! :surr You have me beat by 250


Winter cursing in a Hatters for You 100 gallon Bayliner folks is something like 2000 miles from NY to the Bahamas for example,lol


:worth A Hatteras !!! Hey this is a BL forum, to what do we own the pleasure of your grace Mr Trump lol

At 58 ft You are a floating 'condominium complex' , Your cheating ,that is not living aboard, that is 'luxuriating' aboard, lol.

Hey I have an idea , You may want to rent out state rooms to beautiful collage girls , kind of a floating female dorm , ;) then re-name Your craft MY Girls, or Sea Babes, of 3 chicks, or 4 chicks, or perhaps MY Girl Trawler, LOL, I'm sure the Admiral will understand the she 'renters' help offset the slip fee's lol :D

Seriously: the Hat is the best looking classic full time live aboard vessel I can think of :cool


I lived aboard for 2 years in LosAngeles area and 2 in San Diego and now have my 27'er on a trailer, perhaps I will do it again but my great job is 100 miles inland from the marina, so I 'tow & go' amnd at best I will put it in a security storage right near the ramp and drive out on the weekends to launch it.

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Liveaboards 11 Nov 2011 22:53 #16

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Can't live aboard in my climate, but hope to do Summers within a few years. I see myself in a smallish, 30-35' houseboat. Then, if I like it, will bump that up to maybe a 50' for retirement in 20 years.

I have several friends w/ 30-40' weekender houseboats and they love it. I might steal one for a weekend next year and try it on for size.....

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Liveaboards 12 Nov 2011 14:56 #17

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We live aboard for about 5 months (mid-May until late September/early October) on our 3288. Would not trade it for the world! Seems like lots of space for us, since we lived aboard our 2755 for about 7 years, basically full time, during those same summer months.

We do find storing some things in the back of our mini van helpful, tho :D

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Liveaboards 15 Nov 2011 20:31 #18

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Going on 4 years here... Would NOT trade it for the world.

Best thing I added (and it was relatively cheap), was a direct hookup to water.

I am in Southern California, so even with the temperate climate, I'm considering better heating options. Like the idea of diesel furnace, so exploring that.

Never *need* air conditioning, but have considered adding for the de-humidifying benefits. If I lived anywhere warmer, it would be a must-have.

The best thing about living aboard? The other live-aboards (it becomes a tight-knit family) and even the weekenders (they are on "vacation" so in a good mood usually).

I too miss the garage and workshop (with all the tools), and even the yardwork (I totally enjoyed it - therapeutic for me). I don't miss all the "stuff" associated with owning a house (pared down to just what I *need* on a boat!).

It's not for everyone, but for those who do (and those who aspire to), it can't be beat! I encourage anyone who is considering the move, GO FORTH!!! Life is short, and meant to be lived out loud!

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Liveaboards 20 Nov 2011 07:20 #19

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We have been living a board for 1.5 years now. Just moved on board our 4588 in the last four weeks.
We absolutely love it and have no desire, at least for the next few years to move ashore. I do miss my shop sometimes, but it isn't too bad. I still do work on the boat and with the help of a work mate I can do most things. It isn't like a land base shop but workable.

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We live aboard 4 to 6 months a year. Our boat is probably the minimum size for what we do. Wish I would have bought a 47 with all the money I have lost since 2008. The first 3.5 month trip was in 2001 that was when I decided that we were compatable and could quit our jobs. ( we have been together for 44 years)

PS I cant't give up my shop

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Liveaboards 17 Apr 2012 02:52 #21

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IMO .....+1 on 40 feet as about the minimum. My 89-3888 is great for a few weeks but the layout and storage become a bit problematic after that. Love the 4083...multiple exterior environments to compliment the interior and no ladders. But then again...IMO. Single handle is BIG. I have a bud with a 53 Hat and can't do anything under power alone...even with the thrusters. In a good blow a 53 is more sail than the thruster can overcome (for single handing...works ok if you have a deck hand or two). But that's NorCal/San Francisco where it blows every day !! Best of luck and you will enjoy the life style for sure.

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Wife and I just spent weekend unloading whatever was left over from house!

Sold, donated, most everything, kept some things in small storage garage, everything else packed in Ford 350 Van, our new storage locker.

Already finding out we don't need majority of what we still had left!

Living on mooring in Downtown area of San Diego, will try mooring for summer and see what happens, maybe Mexico in fall.

Still trying to figure out fresh water system in my 4550, don't understand this turning 1 valve off at a time, doesn't make sense to me why either tank would not feed pump when both valves open. Experimenting!

Plan to cruise So. CA this summer,Dana Point, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands, Catalina.

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Liveaboards 01 May 2012 15:58 #23

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trwilkinson;680049 wrote: Wife and I just spent weekend unloading whatever was left over from house!

Sold, donated, most everything, kept some things in small storage garage, everything else packed in Ford 350 Van, our new storage locker.

Already finding out we don't need majority of what we still had left!

Living on mooring in Downtown area of San Diego, will try mooring for summer and see what happens, maybe Mexico in fall.

Still trying to figure out fresh water system in my 4550, don't understand this turning 1 valve off at a time, doesn't make sense to me why either tank would not feed pump when both valves open. Experimenting!

Plan to cruise So. CA this summer,Dana Point, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands, Catalina.



Ah- the fine art of de-junking! You'll find Craigslist is your friend to get rid of unwanted stuff.......


Let the adventure begin......

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Liveaboards 02 May 2012 05:44 #24

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The Admiral and I moved aboard our 38 one year ago. i decided to start my own company and had a choice to make: the boat or the house. I chose the boat. I also use the boat as my office as everything I do to make a living is done over the Internet. I have a broadband connection and a VOIP phone which I just custom installed.. Soooo, I never get off the boat and I prefer it that way.. I do miss my garage/shop making tasks/projects much simpler but that is a small sacrifice to the new, less stressful life style we now live.

The Admiral actually adjusted faster than I did, at first.. because I work at home (Boat) I no longer have to wear business casual / suits, i wear board shorts and T-shirts and love it. I do not need much and storage is acceptable for me. The Admiral still needs to go into the office every morning so clothing, laundry, storage can be at times be challenging..

The new business is at a place now where we could move back to dry land if we wanted. however neither of us want to after experiencing the life style. We just looked at another BOCR's 4588 and will most likely move up and permanently live aboard.

there is something special about living on the ocean, whether it is the weekend or a workday, to wake up & have you Coffee on the deck and watch seals, birds and neighbors doing their thing. Boat neighbors are the best people I have ever met.

I do not think we will ever move back to the hard, health permitting.. Being able to do constant maintenance is the best and the boat has never looked better.

My 0.02 cents..

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Liveaboards 12 Apr 2013 22:48 #25

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I read a post where you had listed a variety of things to look for (Common faults, such as rot under the guest stateroom mattress etc.) before purchasing a Bayliner and as we about to go to survey a 4588 for our live aboard, of course, I can't find it. Any chance you have a copy of it?

I have been reading many of your posts and specifically liked the information in that one and the one on insurance simplified.

Janice

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