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#574304 - 09/23/20 02:18 PM Living aboard and marina/beach town life...  
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Selling the house and moving aboard a boat has been a blast. We have been on the boat full time since July 29 and will remain aboard it until late October. NO REGRETS at all, it's just so awesome here.

We were planning to buy a beach condo near the marina to live in during the cold months, but the real estate market is super crazy around here right now and we have decided to rent for the Winter and see if the prices drop back to normal in a year. We sold our house for way over asking price and just can't stomach buying one that way when Winter rentals are a dime a dozen in this resort town. If and when we do buy a beach condo, we will rent it out weekly during the warm months and we hear it will pay for itself pretty easily, but that's not a necessity.

For someone like me that loves boats of all kinds, this place is heaven. I can't even count how many different water craft I have had the pleasure of operating since renting a slip at our marina last year. I have become one of the go-to guys for tools and repairs here and I'm also the boat electrical guru at the marina (and the only guy with an oscilloscope on board).

We have the best marina neighbors and really enjoy the impromptu dock gatherings most nice evenings. None of our neighbors and friends are drunks so the gatherings are mellow and pleasant.

I own no fishing gear but I can go fishing any time I want, and not just small game, 800 lb blue fin tuna fishing trips on really nice battle wagons are just a text message away. The fishing here is really good, we have huge schools of striped bass around the boat at the marina every night. We can also scoop oysters up right from the dock at low tide and I'm actually getting sick of eating lobster all the time. We see all kinds of cool wildlife on every boat outing, including dolphins, seals, sharks, whales and ocean sunfish.

In one day, we can cruise from our slip to mid-coast Maine, which is considered to be one of the top 10 cruising places in the world; or cruise down to Cape Cod, which, while not that great to cruise, is a great place to anchor and explore on shore. We can also get to Buzzards Bay in a day and that cruising area includes Martha;s Vineyard and Nantucket. In three cruising days we can be in NYC or Canada.It's just great here and we have put almost 400 hours on the boat in just two seasons.

If you are considering the move to living aboard, I can highly recommend it.


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#574307 - 09/23/20 06:35 PM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Sounds like you have a great set up. Why about a condo somewhere in warmer weather? Could do some winter boating.


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#574310 - 09/24/20 06:57 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Sounds like you have a great set up. Why about a condo somewhere in warmer weather? Could do some winter boating.


Due to an illness in the family, we have to stick around New Hampshire to take care of a loved one. Otherwise, we'd be taking the boat south every year and living aboard full time, which was our plan when we bought the boat last year. The illness was sudden and permanent and has altered our plans substantially, but such is life. We are rolling with it.


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#574311 - 09/24/20 07:05 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Sorry to hear about the ill family member. Can definitely relate to that.


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#574325 - 09/27/20 11:18 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


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#574330 - 09/28/20 10:12 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Originally Posted by Dave R
Originally Posted by captkevin
Sounds like you have a great set up. Why about a condo somewhere in warmer weather? Could do some winter boating.


Due to an illness in the family, we have to stick around New Hampshire to take care of a loved one. Otherwise, we'd be taking the boat south every year and living aboard full time, which was our plan when we bought the boat last year. The illness was sudden and permanent and has altered our plans substantially, but such is life. We are rolling with it.

I can relate to your comments, both about having to stick around to provide care for someone and also the sudden and permanent onset of the illness.

My MIL is 104 (105 in December) and is in a long term care facility. We can see that she's going downhill mentally but still in good shape physically. We didn't go south at all last winter; we chose to stay here and help take care of her. This winter we have to go down to AZ to pick up our Whaler and bring it up here. But that will be a relatively short trip.

It sounds like you're the "go to man" in the marina and that's a great way to meet people and make new friends. You've fallen into what sounds like a perfect situation so enjoy it!


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#574350 - 09/30/20 07:28 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Dave -

You sold your house ? idn ( I did not know that )

I have enjoyed your photo postings on social media. I might have to try that someday . . . someday. Sorry to hear about the family illness (BTDT).

What are your longer range plans for over the winter? Go down south? I have a college buddy that owned a 53 footer as a live-aboard and he did the southern route in the winter and came up to New England in the summer, stopping at various ports along the way.

Give me a heads up when you plan to be in Buzzards Bay (next year ?) thumb

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#574357 - 09/30/20 07:58 PM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: tpenfield]  
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Originally Posted by tpenfield
Dave -

You sold your house ? idn ( I did not know that )

I have enjoyed your photo postings on social media. I might have to try that someday . . . someday. Sorry to hear about the family illness (BTDT).

What are your longer range plans for over the winter? Go down south? I have a college buddy that owned a 53 footer as a live-aboard and he did the southern route in the winter and came up to New England in the summer, stopping at various ports along the way.

Give me a heads up when you plan to be in Buzzards Bay (next year ?) thumb


We did indeed sell the house. Feels amazing to not have that responsibility. We do eventually plan to cruise south for the Winter and north for the Summer. We are in the panning stages of a trip to Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket/Block Island/Buzzards Bay/Narragansett Bay next Summer. I will ping you for sure.


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#574359 - 09/30/20 10:16 PM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Glad the life decision is working out so well, thanks for the update. It's amazing how having good neighbors makes life so much more enjoyable! Of course it helps to cultivate good neighbors by helping them out with your skills. thumb


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#575188 - 05/31/21 04:52 PM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Just an update, A couple of months ago the owner of the condo that we rented over the Winter offered to sell it to us for below market value (I have no idea why, but I know she is quite wealthy and maybe did not want the hassle of listing it???) We jumped on the offer and closed in April. We moved aboard the boat full time on May 15 and the condo is only 7 days shy of being fully booked with short term rentals on AirBnB for the next 5 months. The condo is only 1500 feet from the boat and I can see it from the boat when the tide is high. Having a great time at the marina again.


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#575196 - 06/01/21 03:17 PM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Great update - Are you fully retired or still working a bit?

Let me know when you are adventuring in Buzzards Bay or that general area.


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#575200 - 06/02/21 06:14 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: tpenfield]  
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Originally Posted by tpenfield
Great update - Are you fully retired or still working a bit?

Let me know when you are adventuring in Buzzards Bay or that general area.


Still working full-time. Planning to retire in 2025 when I can start using my 401k without penalty. I have been working from home and traveling very little for years now, so it's not too challenging to work full-time and live like I do. Planning to buy a studio condo or two to use solely for short-term rental income, but waiting for the real estate market to calm down unless an exceptional deal lands in my lap.


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#575216 - 06/07/21 11:13 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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Sounds awesome Dave! We just spent the last couple weeks aboard as a pre-cursor to 'someday'.

Work from 'home' is wherever you make it these days and we found it worked quite well for us. Will be some time before we could consider full-time aboard, but its a 'maybe' for someday for sure. Until then, a few weeks each stint will work just fine!


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#575229 - 06/18/21 01:02 PM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Dave R]  
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My air bnb is fully booked through LDW, it's nice seeing the bank balance go up each week with rental income. Last year our company worked from home for 2 months and one of those months I worked at the lake. Not until a few months later did they know I was 300 miles away from the office.


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#575233 - 06/22/21 06:39 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: On Holiday]  
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Originally Posted by On Holiday
My air bnb is fully booked through LDW, it's nice seeing the bank balance go up each week with rental income. Last year our company worked from home for 2 months and one of those months I worked at the lake. Not until a few months later did they know I was 300 miles away from the office.


I have worked from home almost full-time for years, so not a big change for me to work from the boat. We just got word from upper management today that the work performance during the pandemic was so shockingly good that we are free to decide where to work from now on.

We went into our condo for the first time since May 15 on Sunday afternoon (before the next tenants were due to arrive). We were pleased to see that it's still pristine. Our rental manager is doing a great job attracting good clients and the cleaning crew is really nailing it. Our neighbors tell us that all the tenants have been very quiet and mellow.


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#575234 - 06/22/21 07:32 AM Re: Living aboard and marina/beach town life... [Re: Justified Too]  
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Originally Posted by Justified Too
Sounds awesome Dave! We just spent the last couple weeks aboard as a pre-cursor to 'someday'.

Work from 'home' is wherever you make it these days and we found it worked quite well for us. Will be some time before we could consider full-time aboard, but its a 'maybe' for someday for sure. Until then, a few weeks each stint will work just fine!



Two more couples in our neighborhood of the marina have gone full-time live-aboard during the warm season here in NH since I last updated. We were told that we inspired them to do it. They all look incredibly happy. Other folks are stretching their weekend stays by a couple of days now if the weather cooperates and are working from their boats more often than they used to. Weekday evenings on the docks are starting to look like weekend evenings around here.

In addition to loving life on the water, I'm really social, very ADHD, and I love to fix things, I am completely in my element here. Just yesterday after work:

1. I helped a buddy pull a flywheel off the 40HP Evinrude on another buddy's dinghy. We used my big gear puller and my MAPP torch, that sucker was really on there and popped of with alarming violence when we hit it with cold water to shock it. I'll be drilling and tapping bigger holes in the stripped-out factory pulling holes in the top of said flywheel today.

2. I helped some random guy, that broke down in a 14 foot aluminum boat and drifted into the marina, with some tools, a new cotter pin, and then a quick tow behind my SeaDoo to one of the two boat ramps in our harbor.

3. I made some fajitas to share with our slip neighbors with some marinated chicken that was a gift from another marina neighbor.

4. I went for a walk up and down the beach boardwalk with my wife, another couple, and a borrowed super-friendly and adorable dog; and enjoyed some live music, festive crowds, delighted kids (they love the dog), and a sand-sculpting contest.

5. I pumped out a marina neighbor's dinghy that was loaded with rain water.

6 I went to bed exhausted and happy after about 5 minutes of TV.


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