Hey awesome thread, very inspiring. I myself lived in a van for years, but given any kinda knowledge of how to sail and a cheap location to park it I'd be definitely living on boat instead. Well I had to learn how to drive to get into the van living action, so guess learning how to sail could be next future goal. Mind me asking, how much is the cheap rent of the marina docking spot you are taking about?
I met a girl who lives the boat life in key West not so long ago and from what she told me it was still cheaper for me to live in my van. She mentioned 700 a month.. Which is kinda the price of a house or room to rent, depending on location.. So to me that d be the deal breaker, cuz I ain't ready to pay rent like that just to park the boat. I'm used to free parking lol
Thanx and right on man!
If you’ve been successful at van living,’you’d be successful in small boat living as well. A lot of parallels and overlap in the day to day living situation.
As far as slip rent goes, I pay $350 a month, but I don’t pay for power. $500 with full electrical hook ups. Rent in the islands is rarely less than $1000/mo (fucking rich assholes bought up so much summer home property, the remaining house rent is skyrocketing. Oh and then Airbnb came in and wiped out a ton more affordable housing options. Living on a boat up here is by far the cheapest way to live here.
Anyway, I’ve been at the dock for about 4 months now, kinda getting through the worst part of winter while my wife is working a full time jay oh bee. But we are moving out to anchor on Friday and will be staying on the hook from now on. That’s free and I highly reccomend it!
Unfortunately our timing is going to be interesting. Huge cold snap hitting us this week. We’ve been in the upper 40s and lower 50s for weeks, and supposed to hit the high 20s/low30s for a week with about 20-25 knots of wind. Gonna be a wild ride rowing to shore in the mornings hahaha!
Some places around here have a 30 day limit on anchoring without moving, but there’s so many spots that’s easy to dance around and stay legal. If you don’t care about being legal (sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Cost/benefit type deal.) then you have even more options lol.
Living aboard without telling the marina usually cuts cost down too. For some ascinine reasonnmany marinas charge more to liveaboard even tho a slip is a slip is a slip. The boat is there either way,’so why charge more for people being inside it or not? /rantover
My point being there is lots of FREE ways to make things work. Just a matter of how much comfort and convenience you can do without.
A boat at the dock is safe. But that’s not what boats are for. Abandon the trappings of modern “security” and a whole new world begins to form right before your very eyes...and I promise you, it’s beautiful.