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Old 03-29-2010, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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My brother spent $10,000 / month to live on his boat... that isn't cheap... seems as soon as marine is applied to a part the part costs 10x more... sucks but that's why they say the definition of a boat is a whole in the water you throw money into.
That is ridiculous, I don't believe you. The most I ever paid for slip rental anywhere was $250/month. If he was spending that kind of money it wasn't because he was living on a boat. He must have been snorting it up his nose.

There are thousands of people living very well on boats who spend very little money.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How does the old adage go?

"My boat gave me the two happiest days of my life. The day I bought, and the day I sold it."
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Depends greatly upon the boat....

Power boats(and smaller sailing boats) are,by and large toys.
Serve no purpose beyond passing the time.

Bluewater cruising boats have a purpose,and have the ability to actually DO something.

I don't believe my family ever paid to moor our yacht while cruising in the Caribbean.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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Any frugal stories about living on a small boat and not paying for the cost of being a land-lubber?
You mean living on a Yacht?
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This link below is to travel stories written by friends of mine who lived aboard their boat "Rainbow Chaser", a Hunter 37' sailboat, here in Austin while getting it ready to go cruising. They and their son took off cruising, living aboard from 1997 thru 1999 while making two circuits of the southern US, Bahamas and Gulf of Mexico. 1997 Cruise Reports

Map of their cruise: http://austinsailor.net/rctravel.JPG

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Old 08-27-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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I don't think those on the East coast today are loving their boat living...that is the drawback to living on a boat, being at the mercy of the elements.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:36 PM
 
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I would rent a houseboat for maybe a week, for fun, if the chance came up and it was calm water. That would be my limit -- I think it is a big thing in Lake mead. I'd never pay for a slip to moor in. Insane.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: DFW
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You're better off just renting a room in a house on Craigslist.. much less headache if you can find compatible people to share the house with.
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Wildside of Oahu
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Interesting thread. My DH was just suggesting that after our daughter moves out, we buy a sail boat and live on it while we build a place.

We live in Hawaii, so the weather isn't an issue. I think for me, its about space. Can't say I'm too thrilled with the suggestion, but I've enjoyed reading other peoples comments!
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Friend of mine lives on his motor yacht in DC harbor, he lives on the boat year-round, this is probably not cheaper than some apartments or houses he could rent or buy in town, but it may be cheaper than having a townhouse and then a smaller boat as well.

Works for him. He's one of the few people I think are getting their money's worth out of their boat. And, if something happens - big storm or whatever - he can cast off and get himself, his wife, and all their belongings out of Dodge pretty promptly.

Space is at a premium on most any boat.
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