As the days I have in my current home dwindle down I’ve been having some trouble sleeping. My 5 month plan is to move in with my boyfriend for the summer and then buy my boat after I’ve saved up some money…hopefully about $5,000. That’s not a huge amount of money for most people, but for me that would be 1/3 to 1/4 of the cost of a boat I will buy.
The temporary move with Brent isn’t exactly a bad deal regardless of my future goals…he lives in Pacific Beach here in San Diego about a mile from the ocean. I spend a lot of time there already. We have our garden…which seems to produce cilantro at a relentless pace. He rents a nice sized house which is big enough to store some things I may not be able to take on the boat.
So here are the things I know:
- I’m feeling scared and excited.
- I wake up at night thinking I’m crazy for wanting to live on a boat.
- I’m almost 40 (yikes), I don’t own anything besides my 10yr old Mustang and some camera gear.
- I fully understand that this may be a horrible investment which may create a more dire financial situation for me.
- I don’t want to get rid of everything.
- I don’t want “stuff”.
- I can’t afford a house in Southern California
- I don’t want to move back to Philadelphia.
- I don’t want to take the easy route.
- I’m in a perfect situation to do this.
- My boyfriend (Brent)is supportive and that helps.
- Brent used to clean underneath boats professionally and can help me with mine.
- I have free storage for some of my things at Brent’s house.
- I want my own space.
- It will be hard.
- Things will go wrong.
- It will be expensive
- I can’t wait!
With all of that said, I found this really helpful book:
So I’m not going into this totally alone. And I don’t know how to sail a keelboat yet. I may not be the “real” liveaboard, but I’m getting there.