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Old 01-01-2018, 09:41 PM
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Are there any full-time New England based liveaboards here? I'm looking to pick someones brain on the lifestyle of a full time liveaboard who spends their winters up here....NOT Florida! Lol. My career will be based out of Boston for the foreseeable future....

I'm trending towards the liveaboard lifestyle and hoping to make the leap in 2019. I'm planning to rent out one of my properties (my current home) and then be full time on the water.

The plan is to use my current boat for a year or two and see how I adjust to it! If I like the lifestyle then I'll probably move up to a beamier 40 footer or so with more creature comforts.

I'm 36 y.o, no kids, no pets. Currently dating but who knows about 2019?? My boat is perfect for a couple though. I'm not concerned at all about the minimalist lifestyle; my concern is the Boston winters. As I'm typing this it's 6 degrees out.....

Thanks!

BTW, I'm also a member on Trawler Forum. So no need to recommend joining over there!

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Old 01-02-2018, 03:51 AM
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I look at it as boating being a hobby and an escape from normal day to day life. Once the boat becomes your day to day life it's no longer, or not as much of a relaxing escape.

I'd imagine right now you look forward to walking down the dock to your boat. That same walk would probably be hell in January on a cold snowy Wednesday when you've got to rush home from work to shovel off your boat, check the bubblers, chip some ice, and then take a warmish shower before bed.

Never lived that lifestyle but that's my view on it fwiw
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I see a lot of live-aboards in Charlestown ,Boston Inner Harbor.Not for me..
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I havenít made the plunge yet, but am aiming for 2019. The one thing I have come to terms with is I am not doing winters on board. It can certainly be done, but almost becomes a game of survivor. Everything Iíve read sounds miserable. Itís a ton of work and your never really comfortable.

Iím planning on renting out my place in the summer, back in winter. Unless I win the lottery. Then Iíll get a Nordhaven and tough it out.
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I've got friends on cape that do it May-October depending on storms, but couldn't imagine doing it in the dead of winter! They rent cheap winter rentals on cape during the off season.
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There was an article years ago in passagemaker magazine about living aboard year round in Boston's Inner Harbor. I no longer subscribe to the magazine and I don't know if you can research articles without subscribing It was a family and they treated it like an adventure.
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One winter like this one would change your mind quick.

Boats aren't really insulated. I can't imagine how much electric you'd burn trying to stay at a comfortable temp.
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I have had a few friends on different occasions try it and they hated the winters. I would remember them sleeping on my couch and me telling them its time to go home. Their faces would drop.

If you do go this route i would suggest a getting a Newport heating stove.

You're best bet live on the boat from March till October and then rent something on land.

I have spent many a day working on the water in the winter and it is no fun
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I know an older couple that did this for years until the husband passed away a couple years ago. I know another person who still lives aboard. They are both in Boston. In other words, all my info is second hand. They both have their boats covered in some sort of clear or nearly clear plastic in the winter. They both say this plastic green house works pretty well at keeping the cold out and giving them some additional living space and some solar heating benefit. The most important thing is to find a marina or dock owner that really caters to the live-aboards and provides services like parking, internet, snow removal so you don't kill yourself between the boat and the car. I think you also need to buy bubblers to keep the water from freezing around your boat. I'm not sure the marinas provide those. Also, one has a water heater for hot water on board. The other had a place nearby to go for showers. I can't remember if that was part of the marina accommodations or something where she worked.
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Seems like fresh water on the boat would be difficult to get and keep from freezing.

Emptying holding tank? Laundry?

Ice covered decks and docks?

Always wanted to live aboard, but I don't think I'd do it farther north than Va Beach.
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My best friend lives on a 42 woodie in Fiddler's Cove and has since he bought the boat about four years ago. He summers at Parker's (Kingman) and winters at Fiddler's. He has family members that bought slips there probably 30+ year ago. He relishes the lifestyle, in fact, refuses to live on land now for any reason.
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Its similar it many respects to winter RV'ing, which I have done. It is a bit of a challenge when it gets frigid. Lack of insulation, scarcity of pump out services, difficulty with onboard systems (water and holding tanks) not freezing and lack of insulation.


If I was seriously considering something like this it would be with something purpose built. It is not uncommon to use small work barges with insulated and framed "houses" on them. Basically a small studio apartment. There are a few I see in Charlestown. I would want to have access to the private facilities to shower and take a dump and would personally piss overboard and shit in a toilet bucket with a bag liner if I didn't want to walk to the bathrooms.


May want to visit some marinas that provide year round services to truly understand all your options.


I think you will still have some of the same issues and walking the docks to use the facilities when it is blowing and 10 degrees out sucks no matter who you are unless you have eskimo blood.
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My kid has applied to URI. Seems like a good excuse to upgrade the boat and put him on it year round rather than paying to live on campus. Maybe I can get rent from him too. LOL
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My kid has applied to URI. Seems like a good excuse to upgrade the boat and put him on it year round rather than paying to live on campus. Maybe I can get rent from him too. LOL

if this boat's a rockin', don't come a knock'in. unless you're another chick, then come on in....
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I thought about it. The biggest issue is no running water so no showers or toilet (and no pump out for toilet).
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My friends did it for a few years and finally quit. They said the biggest thing to them was in the winter, everything's cold. Even if the air is warm the cold seeps though the hull so everything you touch and everything you sit or lie down on is cold. Which they finally couldn't take anymore.
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A few guys in my marina in Long Island Sound do it. They seem to like it, mostly sailboats, non under 35'. One guy does it in a 52 Ocean Yacht. Its a different lifestyle. You have to figure in how easy is it to get water in the winter, where youll pump the head etc. One guy insulates the entire waterline inside the boat which seems to help a lot. He also covers the port holes with plastic and shrinkwraps the entire cockpit. Theres a lot of tricks to it.
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A few guys in my marina in Long Island Sound do it. They seem to like it, mostly sailboats, non under 35'. One guy does it in a 52 Ocean Yacht. Its a different lifestyle. You have to figure in how easy is it to get water in the winter, where youll pump the head etc. One guy insulates the entire waterline inside the boat which seems to help a lot. He also covers the port holes with plastic and shrinkwraps the entire cockpit. Theres a lot of tricks to it.
What marina? They have water and pump out?
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No live aboard here! We started boating with a 30í Hunter sailboat so many years ago I would rather forget about. After 25 years we finally graduated to a 40í Silverton aft cabin that I have completely enclosed with canvas. It even has two hardtops, one over the helm and the other over the rear deck. These hardtops and canvas greatly increase and improve time aboard the boat.

Live no it? Hell no! An you plan to live on a smaller boat? Heck, our 40 would be completely inadequate because of limited storage space even for just clothes. And smaller boats donít have room for even small fridges. So the best way to tell if youíre REALLY interested in living on a 30í boat is to gather all your belongings and pack them into a decent size bathroom and give it a go for a month or so AND DO NOT CHEAT!

Add to the above is what soooo many have already said.....ice on deck.... heating AND THAT IS A REAL PROBLEM so in your bathroom test, make sure the heat is off and stick with cold water. Finally, I suggest that you let dreams be just dreams and not force them to become reality!
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Some people definitely love it though. He may be one of them. Only one way to find out!
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