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Old 11-08-2018, 06:25 PM
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Default To Trawler or not to Trawler- that is the question.

My wife and I have kicked around the idea of buying an inexpensive trawler for a few years now. We want something simple and that is not a huge investment so we can see how we like spending time on the hook.
Fast forward to the current situation. We just sold our house, the new house will not be ready for a year and we need a place to live. We both can work from anywhere that has access to an airport and internet.
Basically- we are blessed with a year of being homeless and good health.
I'm sure we are not the first people to have this idea. Any words of wisdom from those that have done this?
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To me that sounds like an opportunity for a great year.

The only concerns I can think of are 1) a lot of places don’t like livaboards, and 2) insurance may well be different (more difficult).
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Define inexpensive and post location.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:55 PM
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Define inexpensive and post location.
This, also what do you plan to do with it after the year of use?
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:56 PM
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Inexpensive is 40-80k. We are in the Beaufort, NC area.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:58 PM
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And after the year aboard- we would see how it went and decide from there. If we love it I'm sure we would keep it. If not we may pull the plug...... so to speak.
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:05 PM
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I think the County/City got rid those inexpensive liveaboards that were in Town Creek, Why don't you just put a bow dodger on the OB and spend a few weeks anchored at the hook
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Ken T- you just reminded me. . . . . we have friends over at Olde Towne Yacht club. We will just stay there for a dozen months! They have a real nice Yellowfin too!
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Do you need to stay put? Could you do the Great Loop for that year?
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Plenty of "trawlers" in that price range which are great Bargains. I personally like the SunDeck Motor yacht--aft cabin--large deck with solid cover over the aft cabin. Good size flying bridge (I had a Symbol 41, which had a hard top over the flying bridge and a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner on top of that--45,000 BTU AC below. Galley down, but open with site lines to the main saloon. Main saloon with normal furniture--for example, we had a leather full sized sofa, a recliner and swivel barrel chair. Much of the seating which is built in (like in Grand Banks--and many trunk cabin trawlers is just not comfortable.

Lots of places to travel to and work from--follow the weather up and down the ICW. I have lived aboard for a total of 13 years during the last 60+ of boating. It is a great life style--and this is a great opportunity to try it out! You may just never move into that new house. Do it while your health is good~. You will never regret the decision.
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Unlike many- the great loop does not really do it for me. I could see spending a few months down south this winter but that is about the extent of my desire to travel long distances for now. I'm it sure that may change.
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IDK, just sounded like the perfect thing do with the time you plan to live aboard.
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If you are not going to travel a lot, you might want to think about a SF. A 40’ gas can be had for your price range and would be more comfortable then an equally priced trawler.
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I would forget the whole idea and rent a place in the Keys for the winter, cape cod for the summer, because if you buy a fixer upper trawler you will likely spend the year sanding and grinding. Plus some crawling around the bilge.
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Plan on spending some dollars to upgrade the boat over the course of the year. I doubt you’ll get that money back if you sell it. Enjoy your time.
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Plan on spending some dollars to upgrade the boat over the course of the year. I doubt you’ll get that money back if you sell it. Enjoy your time.
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Inexpensive is 40-80k. We are in the Beaufort, NC area.
Plenty. Don't go too big and get something that needs slight refreshing because working and living aboard is entertaining and you get to know the boat. Also increases value if you sell.

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And after the year aboard- we would see how it went and decide from there. If we love it I'm sure we would keep it. If not we may pull the plug...... so to speak.
I have a 34 Mainship which is good for a condo type of 2nd home to explore with. The bigger you go the less likely you'll be to take her out for a sunset cruise. 36 Grand Banks should do it. Walk your local docks and look around. You'll be surprised how friendly the community and i'd expect you'll be invited to take a look around.

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Unlike many- the great loop does not really do it for me. I could see spending a few months down south this winter but that is about the extent of my desire to travel long distances for now. I'm it sure that may change.
Same here. Maybe Keys during the winter and maybe follow some decent weather up the ICW for summer. Don't sign a year lease at a dock so you can try new places.

Make sure you have autopilot because it makes all the difference @ 7 knots.
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Sounds like an opportunity that may not come up again. Just do it.
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