Captain Steve wrote: I've been searching
for a small liveaboard boat off and on for a couple years. I'm
retired with a 12-lb doggie, so my life is uncomplicated. My focus
was on sailboats but very recently I realized a small powerboat
would suit my purposes better. I admire the choice you made in
buying Seaweed. Something like that would work fine, although I'd
probably go a bit larger, due to the necessity of being inside for a
larger portion of the year up here in the Pacific NW. Something
around 26-29 feet.
For comfort and an extended
cruising season life inside a cabin cruiser has a great deal of
appeal. The problem is in finding one without
a bunch of Steep Steps! Those of us with dogs is that the pups don't
always do steps well.
One thing to consider is how you can make the
steps adequate -- on some boats you can build ones that are much
larger and "work" ... sure moving them to have access is a pain, but
having something you can EASILY go down forward (versus going
backwards down) is a real boon.
That's from our 40'er -- we had big steps from the
salon to the forward cabin. It helped -- no falls.
Aboard ours we had two kerosene heaters and they
were okay in colder weather. Still, I have not had the "opportunity"
to winter over that far north so I'm sure you're in a whole 'nother
level of cold.
I've looked at the Dickenson (spelling?) propane
heaters. They work well and burn a LOT of propane. I'd advise
checking on diesel heaters.
I agree that 23' is simply not big enough for
most. Your range, and even up to 32' or so (to include the Nordic
Tugs) is a good size. Heaters require space --
Heck, everything requires space. I'm right now
trying to find a place for a water heater. 13x13x14... and it is
tough to find that much space in 23'.
I've been on the Cape Dory's and they are nice...
Ditto, Nordic's, and Maple Bays (be still my heart!) ... there are a
lot of boats out there. Just remember that your Dream Boat only
needs to have the potential to be all you wish.
Seaweed at purchase was a shell of what I have now
accomplished. I look forward to you finding the Just-Right (almost!)
boat of your desires. It's a tough job to shop for boats.
I've been out almost every weekend for the past
two months helping a neighbor find his Last Boat. You would not
believe the number of garbage boats described as being in "good
condition" (decks should not sink when you walk on them -- and if
they do, don't for goodness sake call the boat "good" condition.
Well, that's what we are seeing in Florida of
late. Three hour and up road trips to see boats that if they were
accurately described would not have been considered. Why do owners
think a buyer will 'change their mind' when they see a boat that is
Anyway, I'm rambling. I'll hush. You're included
in the list. Thanks for asking!
Janice aboard Seaweed http://janice142.com
And I do wish you well in narrowing down and then
finding your ideal boat. It really is a wonderful life out here. On
this coast the neighbor keeps expanding his list of possibles as
more and more become "not a chance" boats!
It's a process. Good luck!
On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 8:22 PM, Steven Ballantyne
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Hi Janice.
We don't have a huge selection of such boats
in BC, but occasionally something comes up like a Maple Bay 27,
Pelagic 28, Cape Dory 28 power, etc.
I look forward to reading thoroughly thru your
website and receiving new articles from you.
Merry Christmas! Oak trees
do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
Steve Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.
I'd love to hear what you do to stay warm in the winter.
And, are you a dock bunny or living life on the hool?
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