Who is using their boat as a Live Aboard and what do you think

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by rmasse10, May 28, 2014.

  1. rmasse10

    rmasse10 New Member

    11
    May 28, 2014
    United States
    2006 Edgewater CC 17'
    Yamaha 115 4 Stroke
    Ok, so my wife and I have been researching and wanting to do a live aboard for some time now....we are not old (50 year old), or retired...but its just one of those things we always wanted to try...kinda a bucket list type of thing.

    Who is doing it, what boat are you doing it in, where are you in the country and what do you think


    please let me know

    thanks

    rob
     
  2. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

    777
    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    I lived on my 26' Four Winns for awhile (few months) at the Jersey Shore. Even with A/C, I had a hard time with the humidity, maybe that's just me, though. I loved being on the water 24/7, but it started to wear on me after some time. I used to consider it a vacation to go out on the boat, but once it was my home, not so much. I would suggest that you move around on it, go from port to port, if possible, for several weeks if you can. I got tired of our marina and my dock neighbors in short order.
     
  3. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    We have lived on ours for about 6 yrs. Love it. We have a King size bed, walk in shower in master. Almost full size fridge. Plenty of living area. You need to be comfortable or you will hate it. We have no issues with AC or heat doing the job. We still enjoy when the weekenders show up. In short, don't skimp on size
     
  4. Turtlesboat

    Turtlesboat Minister of Media TECHNICAL Contributor

    Feb 4, 2007
    New York City
    1996 450DA, TNT, Caribe dink w/15hp OB.
    3126 427HP TD transmissions
    size does matter. make sure you have a big fridge/freezer. plenty of closet space. lots of counter space. tons of storage. And make sure you pick a good marina, makes all the difference in the world if you like hanging around the marina and the people in it.
     
  5. rmasse10

    rmasse10 New Member

    11
    May 28, 2014
    United States
    2006 Edgewater CC 17'
    Yamaha 115 4 Stroke
    Even though size may not matter, what size are your boats and which boat are you guys using for a liveaboard...
     
  6. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Ours is a 50 Sundancer
     
  7. wetpaint

    wetpaint New Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Cape Cod/Caribbean
    41 Lipari Catamaran
    2 x Volvo 30hp
    I wish I did sooner!!! I love it, love it, love it!!!!
     
  8. Turtlesboat

    Turtlesboat Minister of Media TECHNICAL Contributor

    Feb 4, 2007
    New York City
    1996 450DA, TNT, Caribe dink w/15hp OB.
    3126 427HP TD transmissions
    No, size matters here. 45', wish I had 75'. If you bought a Sedan Bridge, maybe you could live with a 40ish size. if you're really small and own nothing, you might get away with a 28'
     
  9. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    and, if you want a quickie divorce.
     
  10. Ctsearay

    Ctsearay Member

    848
    Apr 19, 2009
    Milford Ct
    2002 360 Sundancer Twin 8.1's Tender
    10ft Hardbottom Walker Bay Genesis with Johnson 15 Hp
    Twin Pleasure Bringing, Fire Breathing Mercruiser 8.1 HO's
    Me and the admiral talk about it quite frequently, although we have plenty of time before we do it and are whittling down of the stuff we have acquired over the years. Our two biggest things are a queen size bed, full size or close to it fridge and full size couch and chair.
     
  11. bport

    bport New Member

    205
    Feb 28, 2009
    Gloucester, MA
    2008 330 DA, Raymarine C80
    8.1 V-drives
    We lived aboard for a summer on our 330. We loved it most of the time and did not have problems with space, but we are generally easy going that way (and we get along well). The heat and AC were fine. We hooked up cable at the dock so we had evening entertainment. The summer was great but as fall came on and the days shortened, it became less fun. We needed the cockpit space for hanging out, but when it got dark and cool in the evenings, being belowdecks became confining. It was a fun adventure while we were waiting for a house to be built and I would recommend it at least for a few months.
     
  12. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    I think a comfortably sized shower is a must as well.

    I love our Sundancer but there's no way I'd live aboard it. I'd have to have a Sedan Bridge so that my wife and I had some personal space. We spent 12 days with another couple on a 50' aft cabin boat and was starting to feel the pinch at the end of the trip.
     
  13. kevin27

    kevin27 Member

    762
    Aug 8, 2007
    Orlando,FL/Tarpon Springs,FL
    1989 3600 Convertible. 9'6'' AB rib w/ 25hp 2stroke Yamaha. Furuno nav upper and lower helm.
    2002 Cummins 6BTA 330hp diesel straight shaft.
    I live on the boat most off days. Having a boat with windows (ie sedan/flybridge) is very important. I have no issues dampness either. Now that the Directv is installed its just like being at the house only much better. If I was going full time for an extended time something like a 42/44SD would be a good option.
     
  14. AKBASSKING

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
    We moved onto our trawler about a month ago and love it. It is a big big live style change. I have a shed on my dock which we can store some things and have a big refer, washer and dryer. Again, big big life style change. You can read my blog for more....
     

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