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Living aboard a sailboat

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blindman:
I'm following this thread with great interest.  When I was in the Navy, in Europe a great friend got me interested in sailing, as well as the Philippines.  I think about him often when reading this forum, wondering if he is a member.  Bob was transferred back to the west coast in 1974.  This worked for his plan to buy and live on a sailboat and eventually cross the Pacific.  I lost contact with him but wonder if he achieved his goal.

David690:

--- Quote from: balutsky on June 24, 2017, 02:58:49 PM ---I agree that I should get more experience under my belt before crossing the pacific.  Do you think your 32 footer is big enough to live aboard?  I'm thinking of 33 footer at the minimum.  If I do buy a boat, I will keep it registered in the US.  I guess I need to look at the laws here in the Philippines on how it works.  Either way, I would not register a boat here as you have mentioned " import duties and taxes are crippling."  As far as pirates are concerned, that is always an issue.  However, if we do not take risk, we are limiting ourselves.  Just my 2 cents.

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Yes my 32 footer is OK for a few days, couple of weeks but gets a bit tight on space for much longer than that.  Also it's not a true offshore boat so no I wouldn't contemplate crossing the Pacific with her.  I think you'll need something bigger than 33ft for that crossing.  Problem is, the bigger the boat, the more difficult they become to manage single handed.

balutsky:

--- Quote from: David690 on June 24, 2017, 11:46:51 PM ---Yes my 32 footer is OK for a few days, couple of weeks but gets a bit tight on space for much longer than that.  Also it's not a true offshore boat so no I wouldn't contemplate crossing the Pacific with her.  I think you'll need something bigger than 33ft for that crossing.  Problem is, the bigger the boat, the more difficult they become to manage single handed.

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I agree. I think 36 footer and above will do.  However, I do not think that I can handle by myself anything bigger than 42 footer.

balutsky:

--- Quote from: blindman on June 24, 2017, 07:23:47 PM ---I'm following this thread with great interest.  When I was in the Navy, in Europe a great friend got me interested in sailing, as well as the Philippines.  I think about him often when reading this forum, wondering if he is a member.  Bob was transferred back to the west coast in 1974.  This worked for his plan to buy and live on a sailboat and eventually cross the Pacific.  I lost contact with him but wonder if he achieved his goal.

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I was in the Navy too.  I did my 20, worked for the federal government for 10 years then retired permanently.  I was on the aviation thought.  What we called brown shoe Navy.

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