Originally Posted by LeoneLover13
boatbaby- HI!!! I feel like I am meeting a celebrity!
My husband found your incredible blog last week and was reading it for 3 days straight, told me about it and since then we have both been inspired to really get started on our dream together.
I'm sure I have 4000 questions (and once DH finds out he will too!) but i'll start with...
1. How big is too big? DH says past 40' would be too much for just the two of us to handle.
2. Is a Cat or a monohull more spacious at the same length? We have been debating this. I think I would prefer a cat (just based off your blog boatbaby!) because of space, but DH says they are harder to sail and WAY more expensive.?
3. We are considering buying a boat that needs fixing up so we can customize to our needs/wants. Smart or crazy?
4. I am most concerned about not having the following: a shower/bath, internet (I work online) and a washer (I really enjoy doing laundry and I'm cloth diapering so I use it ten times a day right now). How do you deal?
5. Are there any Military Mama's living aboard? How does the Military deal with your living situation?
I'll have more q's don't worry
but i'm so happy to be here!
Hi LeoneLover! Cats are great, but monos make a lot of sense too. We happen to get our cat for a steal considering the size. Dumb luck on our part. Getting a monohull that you can pay for free & clear is a smart move. But if you plan to live aboard and work and can manage a small mortgage then having the space of a cat is nice.
Your husband is right (sorry to say!) Past 40 feet isn't unmanageable, but if we didn't have a kid or weren't living aboard in a 4-season climate before casting off again, we wouldn't have gone more than 40 feet. Our first boat was an old PDQ36 that was perfection in almost every way. We went bigger when I got pregnant. Looking back, there are some 40-foot cats that would have done just as nicely as this big mama at 44-feet.
Your husband is wrong in that they are harder to sail. No way. Much easier in every way. I have done both extensively. You and your husband NEED to charter or take lessons or bum rides on both to see what suits you. There's no perfect boat. It's just what works for you.
Buying a new boat is never a guarantee that everything will be right. But a fixer upper can be a nightmare too unless you are VERY HANDY and have the time and patience to tackle it. A boat that's had one or two owners who have worked out the kinks is great, especially if the owner is willing to go over the boat with you after purchase. But being pre-owned it will need upgrading in every major system, so there's your chance to make it how you want it.
If you are living aboard -- the marina will have laundry facilities. It's a pain to walk over load after load, but you manage. All cruising boat will have some set up for you to bathe. usually a shower. We are lucky with 2 bath tubs, very unusual. They are wee tubs for kids, we stand in them to shower. we only use the tubs when we have free & clear access to fresh water. So we have a "bath season"
Thanks for the kind words and feel free to email me with any questions. No question is too silly. I don't check here to often, so send me a PM and I can send you my email address.
Originally Posted by iris777888
It seems like all the families I'm reading about seem to live in Cats.
BTW boatbaby, congrats on the great article!
Thanks for the congrats on the article!
We're pretty excited over here. Cats are catching on. But I wouldn't discount monos either. Depends on your budget, long term plans, and short term living ideas.
Originally Posted by HiBethany
I'd love to have you around for tea or dinner and hear more about your exotic lifestyle!
Hi Bethany! I'll be right over
Originally Posted by Oliversmommy
This is exciting to see an MDC thread on this! My DH and I can't WAIT to start sailing.
I will start practicing my balloon animals though. Maybe we MDC mom's can corner the market?
When you say start sailing , do you mean as a lifestyle or learning? Definitely get out and sail as much as you can on various boats before you think about buying anything. And once you buy a boat, live on it for AT LEAST one full year before you cast off and cruise. There's a steep learning curve.
But yes, balloon animals are in our future!
If anyone plans to come out to the Annapolis Boat Show, drop me a line and we can get together. Cheers!