Boat to live in? :D

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Boat to live in? :D

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http://westernmass.craigslist.org/boa/5121903934.html

Oo look at the pretty boat, a house for only $2500 OBO. I wonder if I can design a life where I can continue accumulating for FI, but get to live in a boat or (probably easier) RV.

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Other local sailboats:

http://westernmass.craigslist.org/searc ... y=sailboat

Of note, a DIY alternative in that list:

http://westernmass.craigslist.org/boa/5082900566.html

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I think you would enjoy that lifestyle, I would recommend you learn a bit more about maintenance since boats are usually seen as money sinks

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There are only a limited amount of places (near sites of income) where you can anchor out for free. If you actually find such a place (they're not googleable for obvious reasons), you'll have to dinghy in for everything (food, water, fuel, ...) which is not fun in the long run. Alternatively, you'll have to get a slip which is only slightly less pricey than RV sites. Slips tend to have waiting lists though :-P

Boatliving is only really workable if you can telecommute (w/o internet) AND you want to save money (but hate roommates) AND you prefer living on a boat. Otherwise other options are better. Also, you need a BIG skill set or you'll be paying out the nose the first time something goes wrong.

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jacob wrote: Also, you need a BIG skill set or you'll be paying out the nose the first time something goes wrong.
http://aeon.co/magazine/culture/anyone- ... -polymath/

Looks like I've got some learning to do!

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I lived on a sailboat for a while and enjoyed it. But I have to admit, my particular circumstances made it much easier. I worked for the city and I moored my boat in the free anchorage just in front of my office which was the Harbor Master's cottage. I could row in to use the toilet and the showers at the public swimming pool for free.

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That's Mrs. Ego before we were married, sanding and painting the mast. The boat was wooden and was in constant need of maintenance. The maintenance, rather than the sailing, became the hobby.

It was very cold to live on the water in the winter, even in Southern California. I could only imagine what it would be like elsewhere. But people do it.

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@Jacob

You mentioned a few times in your blog posts about how reading on boat keeping could translate into house keeping. Do you recommend any books on the subject? They could also be general sailing/living in a boat books. I want to gain a better understanding of what it takes to do it.

Thank you

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I have a friend who is currently doing this. He bought an old, cheap boat that needed significant work but was livable, and kept in in its slip at the marina. The slip is within reasonable distance of his job and he's doing the work on it himself. I don't know the financial details but he claims it's much cheaper than a studio in his rapidly growing metro area

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