The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat

The Definitive Guide for Liveaboards

Author: Mark Nicholas

Publisher: Paradise Cay Publications

ISBN: 9780939837663

Category: Reference

Page: 284

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The Essentials of Living Aboard educates both dreamers and explorers with information about this wonderful and rewarding lifestyle. Mark Nicholas has combined his experience of life aboard with the advice of other liveaboards, marina owners, technicians, boat manufacturers and advocates in order to detail the challenges and offer real advice for success. This lifestyle, typically thought to be out of reach or "for other people," is now available to all who dream.Essentials explains, among other things how to: •Figure out your needs •Choose the right boat •Buy your boat •Choose the right marina •Prepare for the lifestyle •Outfit your boat •Plan for all climates •Forecast your costs •and more! REVIEWS One way folks plan to get cruising sooner is to cut costs by moving on board their boat early. Before you do, read this well balanced look at the subject. You'll encounter fewer surprises.- Lin Pardey, Author, Educator and World Cruiser Read this book if you've ever been gripped by the romantic idea of living on water. Mark Nicholas presents a rich mine of information for potential liveaboards, information he gleaned the hard way. As a self-confessed "expert at what can go wrong," who better than Mark to pass on the solid advice you need? - John Vigor, Author If you dream of living aboard, read this book. It's straight talk from a liveaboard sailor who made the mistakes so you won't have to. And you won't find a more comprehensive look at the liveaboard lifestyle.- Linda Ridihalgh, Editor, Living Aboard Magazine If you have been thinking about living aboard, there is help! Here is a book that will give you a lot of little insights into what you will be gaining, and what you will be losing. The book is intended as a resource to help you learn about the liveaboard lifestyle. It tells you about costs and options and attempts to provide an honest and realistic picture of what it's like to live aboard. - Bob Bitchin, Editor, Latitudes and Attitudes (Dec. '04) This is a must book for anyone contemplating "living aboard". Mark doesn't pull any punches. We see the good, the bad, the ugly, and the "dream". Armed with this book one could enjoy the liveaboard lifestyle without any worriesome surprises.- Tom Cox, Marina Owner, Liveaboard and Board Member - Marina Owners of America I've been living aboard my sailboat since 1997, and I've read many books about the liveaboard lifestyle. Mark Nicholas' 'The Essentials of Living Aboard' is not only accurate and well-written, but it contains helpful cost projections that I haven't seen elsewhere. This is the first book I'd recommend to anyone who is thinking about the liveaboard lifestyle! - Robert Doty, Liveaboard Webmaster (www.sleepingwithoars.com) A seasoned and experienced sailor, Mark Nicholas has written an ideal introduction for anyone aspiring to enjoy life aboard any kind of boat ... The reader will learn how to choose and buy a boat that is appropriate for one's needs, including the finesse of the buying process, negotiations, insurance, and financing, amenities aboard a boat, navigation and safety matters, sanitation issues, legal issues, tips, tricks, and techniques, and more. Of special interest are the warnings about search, seizure, and forfeiture ... An absolute "must-have" for anyone considering making a boat one's permanent dwelling.- Midwest Book Review - October 2004 As a lifelong boater, and one with Joanne, my wife of 48 years, we begin our second decade of living on board a boat. I feel Mark Nicholas has done extensive study in gaining a worldwide appreciation and understanding of what it takes, not only to buy a boat and maintain it, but what one can expect within that lifestyle.... the challenges, adjustments, financial expectations as well as the joys inherent in this experience. Mark has probably done the most complete investigation and reporting of any we know of. Maybe living aboard is not for everyone, but you are not signing your life away, even if you just want to enjoy it for a limited time. There is just no comparison to sitting within 4 walls when one considers either cruising in open waters, or just sitting idly by on the deck or cockpit, with open breezes and the sun warming your back, listening to the birds, slap of the water on the hull, or other activities around you. This even works when rain is gently falling beyond. There are also those challenges with weather...you against the elements. You are both above and within nature at its best. God surely meant it to be that way.- Don Stonehill, Chairman, Liveaboard Assn of Puget Sound

How to live aboard a boat

Author: Janet Groene

Publisher: William Morrow & Co

ISBN: 9780878512171

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 223

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Describes the advantages of living on a boat, and explains how to handle heating and cooling, mail, medical care, children, pets, laundry, safety, and security aboard a boat

All in the Same Boat

Living Aboard and Cruising

Author: Tom Neale

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071427913

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

View: 9982

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This work is one family's testament to the belief that you can lead a life of your choosing. It shows how to choose the right boat, prepare the crew and boat, make provision for long-term cruising, raise and educate children, get along in close quarters, and learn what you can leave behind.

Ready for Sea!

How to Outfit the Modern Cruising Sailboat and Prepare Your Vessel and Yourself for Extended Passage-making and Living Aboard

Author: Tor Pinney

Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.

ISBN: 9781574091441

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 239

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Tor Pinney is cruising sailor and writer.

Sailing Out of Retirement

Living the Dream

Author: MATTS DJOS,JEANINE DJOS

Publisher: Matts Djos

ISBN: 1481116495

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 177

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This is a book for retirees, armchair sailors, dreamers, and lovers of the wind and sea. Sailing couple, Matts and Jeanine Djos, will suggest how to find just the right pre-owned boat by their own example and describe from personal experience what may be involved in buying and refitting a boat, shaking it down, and finding just the right marina. Also included are tactics for heavy weather sailing, common sense seamanship, the pleasures (and advantages) of seniority, personal health and safety, and onboard ambiance and comfort. As the poet, Tennyson, wrote, "There lies the ort, the vessel puffs her sail, and while much is taken, much still abides." So come join them, and perhaps you too shall discover something unexpected and remarkable about the rollicking sea, the wayward heavens, and the wonder of discovering a well-found boat that suits your needs perfectly!

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat

Author: Roger Marshall

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780070419988

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 214

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In this one-of-a-kind book, leading boat designer Roger Marshall walks you through the process of choosing the perfect boat for your sailing lifestyle. Along the way, you will acquire a deep understanding of the many factors that go into a boat's performance, comfort, and seaworthiness, and learn how to choose among them to meet your requirements and preferences. Best of all, you'll find Marshall's 12-page comparison table of production sailboats from all over the world, packed with information about 130 boats - length, beam, draft, displacement, ballast, sail area, fuel and water capacities, performance ratios, capaize and comfort ratios, and more, all tabulated for convenient and revealing comparisons.

Inspecting the Aging Sailboat

Author: Don Casey

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071782486

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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". . . the perfect place to begin, or continue, your education." --Sailing Whether you are shopping for a used fiberglass boat or prioritizing maintenance tasks on the one you already own, this book saves money--and perhaps even disaster. With clear step-by-step drawings and instructions, Don Casey explains how to recognize problems--both surface and hidden--and how to separate cosmetic flaws from serious faults.

A Sail of Two Idiots: 100+ Lessons and Laughs from a Non-Sailor Who Quit the Rat Race, Took the Helm, and Sailed to a New Life in the Caribbean

Author: Renee Petrillo

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 007178246X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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“It was the best of dreams, it was the worst of dreams, it was an age of consulting the nautical experts, it was the age of landlubber foolishness, it was the epoch of determination, it was the epoch of despair, it was the season of hurricanes, it was a spring of beachcombing...” If you dream about chucking it all away and sailing toward an island life, read this first Renee and Michael didn’t have any boating experience and when their plans to remedy that fell through the two had to learn everything the hard way. Despite themselves they managed to get from Miami to Grenada, eventually dropping the anchor of their cruising catamaran at the island of their dreams. Determined to save future sailors from themselves, A Sail of Two Idiots includes lessons Renee and Michael learned and shares them with you as examples of what and what not to do. This a how-to guide wrapped in a funny story—kind of like getting your serving of vegetables from a slice of pizza. Read this and make your dream of sailing away a reality. Includes: “What Broke?” sections explores the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of a cruising multihull "Island” section provide assessments of the islands of the Caribbean

A Home Afloat

Living aboard vessels of all shapes and sizes

Author: Gary Cookson

Publisher: Thomas Reed

ISBN: 9780713688771

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

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This gorgeous coffee table book is filled with ingenious interior design and furnishing ideas for all kinds of boats and other small living spaces. The book also gives an enticing peek through the portholes of the lives of people who live full time aboard boats from sunsets on your backyard deck to the ease of changing scenery at the set of your sail.

Leap of Faith

Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat

Author: Ed Robinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781478720928

Category: Self-Help

Page: 140

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There are many of us who dream about selling all our stuff, quitting our jobs, and running away to Paradise. This is a story about one couple who made that dream come true. The author shares what it feels like to experience ultimate freedom, and outlines the steps they took to get there. The story includes tales from their travels, social commentary on the state of today's American society, and a simple financial plan that will benefit anyone, regardless of their future goals. Throughout the narrative the reader is treated to dolphins and manatees, pelicans and osprey, blue skies, blue water and white sand beaches. Tropical music plays a role as well. Read how music inspired them to execute their plan. Follow along as they transform from everyday working drones to carefree boat bums and beachcombers. This book will make you rethink how you look at life, and money.

Your First Sailboat

How to Find and Sail the Right Boat for You

Author: Daniel Spurr

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071778770

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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The Comprehensive Sailing Start-Up Resource Can a keelboat tip over? Can I take a centerboard boat onto open water? How can I determine what boat I want? Once I do, what’s a fair price to pay for it? Should I buy it new or used? How can I tell the difference between a used boat and one that’s used up? Now that I have it, how can I start sailing quickly and safely? Your First Sailboat is the first book to answer all your questions about selecting, buying, maintaining, and using your first boat. This user-friendly guide covers issues that other books ignore, including how to choose between a trailer sailer, daysailer, raceboat, cruiser, or multihull; what hull material is best for your first boat; whether to buy new or used; where to shop; how to judge quality and condition; where to keep your new boat; and what to do about gear, loans, insurance, and annual maintenance. Special features of this all-in-one handbook include: A descriptive buying guide to 75 recommended sailboats of all types and sizes, from daysailers to racers, cruisers, and multihulls A decision tree to guide you to your ideal starter boat Complete instructions on how to care for and sail your boat as well as how to acquire it Straightforward and fun, Your First Sailboat gives you just what you need to stop asking questions and start sailing. Everything else is optional. Save time. Save money. This book omits everything you don’t need to know.

Sailing Fundamentals

Author: Gary Jobson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439136782

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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The official learn-to-sail manual of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with over 150 line drawings and photographs. Written by America’s foremost instructional authority, the new edition of Sailing Fundamentals combines the training programs of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. The official learn-to-sail manual of the American Sailing Association, it is also used in the programs of many yacht clubs, colleges, and sailing groups. Unlike most introductory sailing books, which reflect the biases and idiosyncrasies of their authors, Sailing Fundamentals has been extensively pretested by ASA professional instructors to ensure that it offers the fastest, easiest, most systematic way to learn basic sailing and basic coastal cruising. This book covers every aspect of beginning sailing—from hoisting sail to docking and anchoring—and specifically prepares the learner to qualify for sailing certification according to international standards. Widely acclaimed author Gary Jobson has won several major races, including the 1977 America’s Cup victory as tactician aboard Courageous. He was head sailing coach at the US Naval Academy, and has conducted sailing clinics across the country.

The Liveaboard Report

A Boat Dweller's Guide to What Works and What Doesn't

Author: Charlie Wing

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780070710917

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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Before taking the plunge to live aboard, ex-engineer and statistician Charlie Wing had a few questions. So he put together a questionnaire and asked 71 liveaboards what he wanted to know. The result is a statistical analysis that doesn't tell you what to do, but rather quantifies what works and what doesn't.

Life at the End of a Rope

All about Living on Boats

Author: Anthony J. Alcock

Publisher: Ocean Air Living

ISBN: 9780997162202

Category:

Page: 180

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This book is a partial autobiography focusing on the author's time spent living on a boat, initially for four years in the late 1970's in Marina-del Rey, California and, now, for the last two years, in Ventura Harbor, California. Inspired by the lifestyle of boat living and others, who enjoy this experience in so many different ways, he shares this with both those who live this life and others who might aspire to do so. He outlines his personal experiences and includes lots of advice for anyone considering taking this journey. He has also included nine true stories of others who have chosen to "live aboard." Each of these accounts is quite unique, including a couple living on a large fishing seiner that covers Alaska to San Diego, a man living on a canal long-boat in England, and a family of four currently sailing around the world in a 42 foot yacht.

Off the Grid

How I Quit the Rat Race and Live for Free Aboard a Sailboat

Author: Mark J. Reinhardt

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546581345

Category:

Page: 210

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I went from working 60 hours a week and getting nowhere to working three months a year and going everywhere. Now, I survive off the grid and close to nature, the way we were intended to live: free Throughout my 20s, my 30s and 40s, I worked various construction jobs, lived in the Caribbean aboard a sailboat, owned a restaurant, got married and divorced, and raised two kids. There were highs and lows, but one constant: I spent a lot of time working, working, and working some more - and still stressing about money. Finally, in 2013, I spent $12,500 to buy a sturdy 39-foot Ericson sailboat that needed a little work. Since then, I've been living full-time aboard the Gypsea Soul, on the water. I outfitted her with rainwater catchment tanks, plus solar panels to power my freezer and navigation instruments. I am usually on the move or keep my boat anchored out in the water, so that I don't have to pay marinas any rent. This let me clear up my debts, and in turn, freed my spirit. Living on a boat, I've met a wild cast of characters and had a ton of adventures -- hilarious ones, but scary ones, too. In the following pages, I'll share those adventures with you, as well as some how-to information for anyone curious about following a similar path. In between chapters, I've interspersed some of my insights, just as I wrote them, taken straight from my Captain's Log. (Don't call it a "diary"! LOL.) I hope that as you read this book, you will feel as though you're along with me, fruity island drink by your side, the salt and wind in your hair, lost in the amazement of the sea. Most of all, I hope you'll be inspired to go after whatever's been pulling on your heart.

Practical Boat Owner's Sailing Around the UK and Ireland

Author: Roger Oliver

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472906772

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 176

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This book, based on a highly successful series of articles in Practical Boat Owner magazine, is a detailed practical guide to sailing around the UK - all by means of day sails. Roger Oliver, a passionate sailor, explains his in-depth passage planning, boat preparations, weather checks and log-keeping, as well as his choice of routes, the detailed navigation, sail trim tips and on-passage maintenance, all for the benefit of sailors who have a yen to follow in his footsteps. Packed with a wealth of practical tips on seamanship, anchoring in high winds, coping with big seas, problem-solving, harnessing the tide, sailing short-handed and living aboard for extended cruising, this book will be a godsend to the many thousands of sailors who enjoy coastal cruising and who will discover (as did Roger) that it is perfectly possible to cruise around the whole of the UK in a series of day sails. With this book to hand, and inspired by Roger's detailed route maps and spectacular photographs, anyone can experience the thrill and enjoyment of sailing around the beautiful and varied UK coast from any starting point.

The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn

An Untold Story of the American Revolution

Author: Robert P. Watson

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306825538

Category: History

Page: 312

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The most horrific struggle of the American Revolution occurred just 100 yards off New York, where more men died aboard a rotting prison ship than were lost to combat during the entirety of the war. Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Crammed below deck--a shocking one thousand at a time--without light or fresh air, the prisoners were scarcely fed food and water. Disease ran rampant and human waste fouled the air as prisoners suffered mightily at the hands of brutal British and Hessian guards. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked fear and loathing of British troops. It also sparked a backlash of outrage as newspapers everywhere described the horrors onboard the ghostly ship. This shocking event, much like the better-known Boston Massacre before it, ended up rallying public support for the war. Revealing for the first time hundreds of accounts culled from old newspapers, diaries, and military reports, award-winning historian Robert P. Watson follows the lives and ordeals of the ship's few survivors to tell the astonishing story of the cursed ship that killed thousands of Americans and yet helped secure victory in the fight for independence.

Inland Waterways Manual

The Complete Guide to Boating on Rivers, Lakes and Canals

Author: Emrhys Barrell

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472901347

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

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There are more than 4000 miles of navigable waterways in Great Britain, with more in Ireland and Europe. Peaceful canals, bustling rivers, glorious lakes - there is something for everyone. This book will tell the reader all they need to know about how to get afloat - which boat to choose, whether to hire or buy, how much it will cost, and where they can go. Boat handling and manoeuvring are covered in detail, along with maintenance and repair. And there is a section on trailer boating for those who want to keep their boat at home, advice on living aboard for long periods, night-time navigation and training. This is the only book novices will need to take their first steps afloat, and it is the one they will keep by them throughout their boating years. 'This is the book to read from cover to cover' Cruising 'The perfect introductory guide to those new to the waterways' Maritime Journal

Bluewater Sailing on a Budget

Author: James Elfers

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071808043

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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Expert advice on how to find (and purchase and outfit) that safe, affordable, and responsive sailboat to take readers around the world, or around the bay Unlike other books that go into fundamentals about rudder designs, etc., Bluewater Sailing for Any Budget concentrates on specific advice about the search process, the buying process, and final outfitting. The centerpiece of the book is yacht delivery captain and marina owner James Elfer's analysis of 20 offshore-capable sailboats available for under $50,000. This one-of-a-kind list of boats is based on an exhaustive survey of industry professionals, and the boats are readily available for purchase in most regions. Unique, well researched and well-founded list of capable boats Includes first-person accounts from owners Table of data for each boat, including important capsize number (an indicator of stability) Multiple photos and lines plans