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Old 10-23-2007, 11:42 PM   #15
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Thanks all, Today is the day I make the final move. It has been 14 years since I last lived aboard...and that was for six months without the need to dispose of all my 'stuff'. I have given so much away, had a successful 'lawn' sale, and still I have far too much. I can understand it will take months to realise that the criteria for chucking things out, is whether or not it will be used.

I have stored most of my tools and intend to eventually take only those things which, when it becomes apparent, are practical necessities.

Today I cancel electricity, cable TV, landline phone, redirect mail to a post office box, dust off the folding bicycle and collect a huge cheque from the sale of my home.

I thought I would be sad, but the reality is I feel revitalised, excited and ready for the adventure of life aboard. I cannot wait for the trade winds' arrival in April, to take me on the first leg of my journey to Japan....and, I am taking the scenic route....and will dawdle in any port that threatens a good time.

I may be offline for a couple of days now as I organise the wireless broadband connection; but when I return I will be a genuine liveaboard cruising sailor.

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Old 10-24-2007, 01:46 AM   #16
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welcome to the next adventure, figuring out where everything goes at least 3 times...
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:28 AM   #17
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I call it "getting your sh!t tight." For many years I live on the boat and believed that one should be able to fit everything they need in life on their boat minus the car. When I have STUFF in storage I feel a since of anxiety. Lori thinks something is wrong with me, but I tell her that once she get’s her sh!t tight, she’ll understand the sensation of being in complete control of your world…it is truly liberating!
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:33 AM   #18
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Congrats David!

Enjoy your new found liberation. I am sure you have made the right choice.
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Old 10-26-2007, 06:04 AM   #19
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I call it "getting your sh!t tight." For many years I live on the boat and believed that one should be able to fit everything they need in life on their boat minus the car. When I have STUFF in storage I feel a since of anxiety. Lori thinks something is wrong with me, but I tell her that once she get’s her sh!t tight, she’ll understand the sensation of being in complete control of your world…it is truly liberating!
Hi, Trim,

My brother is something like you--he is 47 years old and has never been able to keep enough stuff to even fill up his various homes. It just stresses him to have too much stuff. If its not right near him where he can see and use it he just gets rid of it and feels better. He lives in a 4 bedroom house that is nicely furnished but is minus all the "junk" that people usually manage to collect. He could move onto the tiniest of sailboats with the small amount of personal stuff that he has.

Have you EVER had much stuff or are you like my brother?

Getting rid of the car is also liberating. Hubby and I lived a year without a car (rode bikes everywhere and rented a car from time to time). It was very nice. I'm looking forward to having our transportation (bikes) onboard and no car again.

Regarding the whole downsize thing--life has its many stages and parts and is different for different folks. When starting a cruising life, some people follow financial prudence and get rid of everything to avoid storage and dealing with "stuff". But, I know several retirees who had both their regular home and a second (vacation) home--once they started cruising they just got rid of one or the other home. Again, it was finances that made the decision. I do have a close friend with a condo on the water in Florida and a small house in a harbor town in Sweden. They sail around Europe right now and spend a month or two at each home each year as well. They're financially well enough off that they have no reason to completely unload--so they have their two homes and their boat as well.

We expect to have a land-based place again--somewhere, someday. Not in a hurry about it at all. Could be in 5 years, could be in 20 years...someday. The reason I say "place" instead of home is that in our ideal world we'd live on our boat but have a barn or other utility building (which may or may not have a house attached...) for engaging in our hobbies and projects that don't fit into "boat space". This "place" would be close to the water and our home on the boat. That's the ultimate thing--after we've cruised around and traveled quite a bit--we'll hope to find this "place".

Knowing the above, we have kept a number of larger shop tools and favorite or heirloom furnishings. If money were really tight and we couldn't both live aboard/cruise and pay for storage of our stuff...we'd sell stuff, make the relatives take the heirlooms/family pics/etc and just live on the boat. We're not in a desperate financial situation, so see no reason to chuck everything. Having the stuff in storage is a "neutral" for both my husband and I. Not stressful at all. If we had to actively manage the storage in some way, it would be stressful, but conditioned space in a very clean and secure storage location makes it easy.

Right now, part of our "unwinding" is to go with "easy" if we can do it.
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ha... I just stumbled across this thread... as it happens I am in the middle of my deconstruction at the moment... I don't shove off until late February but I'm already feeling the pressure... part of my problem is that I'm trying to keep as little as possible in storage and since I don't have a boat of my own (I'm going to a Fastrack course, and will then look for work) I am reducing all my worldly possessions to a large sea bag... ack... i neverr realized I had so much junk... somehow this is both stressfull and amazingly liberating at the same time.

So David, how's the live-aboard life treating you?
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:38 AM   #21
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Hi Atavist,

Living aboard is good! Last time I lived aboard, I spent my time at anchor rather than in a marina. I much prefer life on the anchor to life in a waterborne trailer park. Marina living is convenient (particularly in Darwin with tidal movements approaching 8 metres), but I look forward to the dry season so I can escape the marina and throw down the hook in an empty bay.

The interesting thing about 'stuff', is that I am now on my third big clean up in just over a month. At first I kept what I needed....then realised I had kept far more than I wanted. Each successive clean out has brought with it a greater freedom as I dispense with furniture, crockery, cutlery, tools.....and things which I once thought to be important but which, in reality, are of little practical or emotional consequence.

I have a great deal of storage on my boat, but I think when I am fully settled into the cruising life, I will have plenty of vacant storage left over after paring my possessions to those things which I seriously can't do without.

Life is good!

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I am in my shop right now, and outside my truck, and trailer are full of small items ready for the storage unit. Tomorrow the new owners of the house will move in, and my life will get back to normal. We sold off the living room, and the buyers of the house purchased everything else that is big.

This is my 3rd time moving onto a boat. While single my apartments had the look of a model home. Clean, and just enough to make the place look nice. When we bought this house for an investment only, my wife started buying all of the nick nacks, and other twigs to build a nest. It drove me nuts, and now there will be a lot of throwing away, and my mind can count the money wasted....OUCH!

Since I have always made my living through my tools. They will fill many nooks, and crannies. Some will stay in storage to be shipped to my next destination.....WHERE EVER THAT WILL BE! My previous wife said I was like a snail. Always taking my home with me. Now that the house is gone I am beginning to feel free once again....YES!!!!!!!
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[font="Comic Sans MS"][size=3][color="#800080"]My husband and I have just done the same thing! We sold our house with all appliances and furniture in in it, stored everything else at my daughters house, gave away our large paintings and I had to go through my clothes, kleenex in hand, and get rid of shoes and dresses! Now we are in the process of getting our "new" sailboat, Phoenix ready for living aboard, which is confusing to say the least. But I know that all the work and sacrafices will most definitly be rewarded when we cruise along in the Gulf of Mexico!! Good luck to you, and does anyone have advice for the best galley items to put on board? I am certainly getting a good coffee maker! LOL. Sailing.jpg
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Welcome aboard KayKay58.

A good coffee-maker is a good start.

Welcome to the wonderful liveaboard life!
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Hiya KayKay58, I am the very last person to advise you on essential cooking equipment for the galley, my cooking is so appalling that seagulls do not follow my boat as they do others, in fact they usually turn away in horror at any food scraps that I ditch. I am master of the can opener though... But even I can say...get a small pressure cooker! It has turned many of my attempts at cooking into something at least mildly edible, (even if I can't recognise it when it's cooked) Pressure cookers also save on cooking fuel, propane or any other method. I'm told it's even possible to make bread in them but my attempt failed miserably, although a local island fisherman was glad when I gave him the 'loaf' as he used it as a weight in his lobster pot. regards Saxon.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:33 PM   #26
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What a great thread. I spent the day moving most of my personal possessions into a storage shed. I am preparing myself to finally do that which I have put off for 30 years, buy a yacht and liveaboard.

With the loss of my mother a few years ago,and knowing the regrets that she had about the things she never did, I dont want to be like that.

I will be heading off to the Solomon Islands for over a year working.

While I am there I will be looking around for a Catamaran to call home.

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Glad that I found this thread. Really helps the perspective about getting ready to go our cruising.

We are in the process of relieving ourselves of all this land based junk!

Our plan is to finally take off in the spring of 2011 and just go cruising.

Got our boat built over the last 3 years and have started to unload everything this fall.

It really feels great every time another item goes "down the road" and out of our lives.

We found the pressure cooker to be an essential item on our summer trips.

And paring down the tools is a difficult thing for me as I keep wondering if I really need all the tools that it took to build the boat.

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And paring down the tools is a difficult thing for me as I keep wondering if I really need all the tools that it took to build the boat.
We've found that we're keeping many, many tools from the major rebuild of our boat. Ours is a wood boat and we have the excuse that we're still building out the interior....even so, it is hard to part with tools. We've kept tools in our storage unit and forced ourselves not to even think about those tools and make do with the ones kept on the boat. Then, when it seems that we really cannot "make do" we'll break down and bring whatever tool it is that is needed over to the boat (which we live aboard) and find a place for it to "live" aboard to.

A couple very large things don't yet have a spot but yet we know we really want to keep them aboard...it will all work out, I keep saying
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