Shout-out to live-aboards

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by RollerCoastr, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I know we have at least a few live-aboard members. Does anyone want to share their story?

    I've been house-hunting since Dec '14. Last summer I grew tired of being outbid and outpaced on the real estate market, so I put my home for sale so I'd be ready to pounce on the next "right house" that came along. My home sold almost immediately, and then I realized that I'm not the kind of guy who pounces on huge investments, no matter how "right" they seem...

    So I put everything into storage and moved onto the boat full-time.

    I don't regret it for a minute, but after 18 years with this 400DA, NOW I understand what the bridge-boat owners mean by "cave"! The hull has started to close-in on me a little, but I'm sure it's nothing that a spring boat ride can't solve.

    Our marina has at least 8 live-aboard boats, so we have good deal of community/camaraderie. I don't miss ANY of the stuff in storage. I missed entertaining over the holidays. I mitigated that by replacing the radar dome with a 4' tree, putting lights on the rails and downloading a "fireplace app" on the AppleTV. (if I had to do it over again, i'd just go to Florida on Dec 19th)
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    Tonight is Pizza Tuesday - the "floating homeless" all meet at a local bar for beer and half-off pizza. Life is good.
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2016
  2. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    We live on our 500DA, and have for the last 7 yrs. We sold our house, put everything into storage also (what a waste ) Original plans were to buy another house at the beach near our boat. Prices in this area were shooting up by the hour, so decided to wait and let the dust settle. After a few years, we decided we loved living on the boat, so stopped looking for houses. The 500Da in very comfortable, massive bed, great shower and large living area. We also have camper canvas, so a large area to sit outside as well. So 7 years later, stuff still in storage, have probably paid more for storage than the stuff in it is worth (haha). Our future plan is to move to northern Florida in a few years. all we gotta do is start the boat and go.
     
  3. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I hear ya! I started looking at consignment outfits to sell some of the bigger-ticket items that are wasting away in storage. Now I'm thinking about starting my OWN consignment business - dang those people take a serious cut. :smt013


    The 400 also has a great shower, which is a must. The bed is another matter - it too seems to be shrinking by the week and I seem to be helping my chiropractor buy a new boat.
     
  4. mjmason1

    mjmason1 New Member

    533
    Oct 19, 2013
    Fall River, MA
    1996 400 Sedan Bridge
    3116ta Cats
    The past few years we have rented our house out for the summer and lived on our 400DB. It's just my wife, me and the dog. This fall we put our house up for sale and now are living on the boat full time. Our plan was to cruise the coast and winter in FL. Well that has changed. We stayed on the boat through the winter except for a long trip to Fl in Feb. I will say that the DB is more open than the DA. There is definitely no cave feeling. When we want to socialize we can have 10-12 people comfortably on the boat. Where we stay there are about 10 other live aboards. We are close enough to our kids to celebrate the holidays there. We may buy a condo in Fl for the dead of winter, but I never want to own a house again.
     
  5. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    I think, when we move to Florida we will buy a small condo and buy a 400DA like yours, we have friends with one and I really like it. Bridge boats are nice, but a lot of bridges to deal with that a Sundancer can scoot under. I always figured I could rework the bed on a 400, to make it larger. I would like to see some others chime in here.
     
  6. BradHam

    BradHam New Member

    2
    Apr 19, 2016
    Florida
    2000 420 Aft Cabin
    Cummins Diamond 450
    Closed on the house today. Moving onto my 2000 420AC 5/19/16. I can't wait. We will probably keep it near Jacksonville, FL after taking it to the Bahamas for a long weekend. I didn't bother with storage. Gave most stuff to the kids and are sorting through the rest. Most of it is going to Goodwill or Salvation Army. I'll be a home builder without a home. Looking forward to learning from those of you with more experience.
     
  7. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    You're already starting out smarter than me!
     
  8. SWF340

    SWF340 New Member

    129
    Dec 26, 2013
    Florida
    340 Sundancer 2005
    Horizon 8.1S
    I sure hope more people post on this thread. I can see us living aboard, I don't know that my wife can... yet. :wink: Our plans are similar to some of those expressed here, buy the condo in Florida...spend a lot of time cruising the coast, the Keys, the Bahamas. The discussion here has already brought bridge boat and dancer experiences....invaluable to me right now.

    A question we are asking ourselves is bridge boat vs sundancer for extended stays aboard. My wife feels like the bridge boat is a better choice. I'm sure there's no cave feel. As mentioned above, a larger sundancer with camper canvas enclosing the cockpit.... there are benefits to a lower profile two deck boat. I think a bridge boat can be smaller than a DA needs to be regarding spacious-feeling.

    Hopefully some of you are up for a pm or two after i research this topic more and organize my thoughts better.
     
  9. SWF340

    SWF340 New Member

    129
    Dec 26, 2013
    Florida
    340 Sundancer 2005
    Horizon 8.1S
    So you're saying, if you had a small condo in Florida, you could be happy with a smaller boat? You don't mention how much time you spend on your boat away from your home dock.
     
  10. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Right now we do 4 or 5 trips a year, 3 or 4 days at a time ( still got that nasty work thing ) Should really retire in a few years, then travel a lot. so I think we can still get by with a little smaller boat. I like the Cats or Cummings, good fuel mileage, these Detroits are a little thirsty for extended traveling.
     
  11. strange weather

    strange weather Member SILVER Sponsor

    245
    Sep 4, 2010
    Lake Mead
    320 Sundancer 2005,Raymarine C80 GPS SmartCraft System w/Auto Pilot 5kw Kohler Generator
    T-VD 350 Magnum MPI Horizon
    10 to 12 days a month every month - going on 7 years - beautiful Lake Mead -523 miles of shore line-great marina friends-boat size is perfect-party with 10-feeds 6 and sleeps 2!
     
  12. SWF340

    SWF340 New Member

    129
    Dec 26, 2013
    Florida
    340 Sundancer 2005
    Horizon 8.1S
    I still have that work thing too my brother. Just a little while longer. I think what you do is very realistic, especially for someone living on his boat. We don't live near out boat so we are subject to many things, always jonesing for boat time. Man I really appreciate your perspective. Food for thought.
     
  13. SWF340

    SWF340 New Member

    129
    Dec 26, 2013
    Florida
    340 Sundancer 2005
    Horizon 8.1S
    Almost a crime to call 523 miles of shoreline in year round boating weather a Lake. That really sounds great.
     
  14. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    I lived aboard mine for just shy of one week less than a year....

    I jumped aboard a few years ago on Nov. 7th and walked off Nov. 1st to do a road trip across the country...Then hopped a flight to Oahu...

    Now, I live on her about half time.
     
  15. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    913
    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    My only concern with liveqboards in a marina, is they are ALWAYS there. I try to avoid them, but I like my privacy in such tight quarters and don't want to see the same guy in the slip 5 ft away every weekend. Some space is nice. Just my .02.
     
  16. SWF340

    SWF340 New Member

    129
    Dec 26, 2013
    Florida
    340 Sundancer 2005
    Horizon 8.1S
    Could not have said it better.
    I have met some really great people in marinas. A lot of people are "really great" short term. Long term... not so much...maybe.
     
  17. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    My summer marina is in a destination for 20,000-50,000 people per day. I doubt there's a marina in the country where more people regularly come to their boats. That's what I like about it. When it gets "tight" (and it does), I start the engines and cast off.
     
  18. SWF340

    SWF340 New Member

    129
    Dec 26, 2013
    Florida
    340 Sundancer 2005
    Horizon 8.1S
    And now your name makes even more sense RollerCoastr. Cedar Point area is really nice, we like Lakeside/Marblehead too. I think Sandusky is the second or third most visited city in the country. I know, it's hard to believe.
     
  19. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    I understand the gray cloud that hangs over many liveaboards. There are many that deserve that reputation. We had a couple at our marina that had crap all over the docks and boat, looked like junkyard. The marina removed them. We live on our boat out of choice. I have had a very lucrative past, owned 2 businesses, which I sold a few years back. I now work part time as boat broker. Our boat is professionally detailed 3 times a year, most people dont believe our boat is a old as it is. We have a group of friends that come every weekend and wish they could do what we do. I love getting up in the morning, sitting in the cockpit with a cup of coffee, looking out over the Intracoastal. Its a million dollar view that I did not pay for.
     
  20. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I wouldn't pay a million dollars for it, but my view is pretty cool too: (Valravn, the brand-new drop coaster)

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