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  • Traysee January 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    What do you think about Gozzard sailboats? (http://www.gozzard.com) Right now my dream-boat is the Gozzard 44 Mark II floor plan B/C.

  • John August 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Have you already passed by NJ? (cape may). If not, when do you plan on being in the area? Thanks!

    • Capt'n Doty August 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Hi, John! I am still in Washington, D.C., and am thoroughly enjoying myself here. I’m not sure when I’ll be leaving D.C…probably when the weather gets cooler. At that point, I’ll probably be looking for crew to help sail to south Florida or the Bahamas.

  • Stewart & Nancie October 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Hey Robert, We’re southbound back from Maine and currently in Georgetown, SC. ‘good to hear of your travels. We’ll be back at Fleming Island for the winter. Take care and joy, Aythya crew

  • ak June 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Nice website, looks a bit inactive since July 2012 though. Do you have any pictures of Candide, would love to see more pics after reading so much about her. We are young and soon getting married. Fiance and I are looking at buying a boat, but have no timeline and haven’t really started the process properly. We are still having a hard time defining what it is we will need when we make the leap from talking about it to actively viewing boats. Distance cruiser, or comfortable liveaboard. Is it true that you can’t have both?

  • Ryan June 15, 2014 at 1:11 am

    As a soon-to-be college graduate, I am incredibly interested in living aboard a boat right after. Since I live in the middle of Indiana and can’t really up and look at boats until I graduate, after graduation I am moving south and onto the ocean. Are there any ways I could lease a boat for 6 months or so while get a loan together and find one?


    PS As I was writing this I realized that because of the mobile threat of leaving with the boat, there probably aren’t any but well, that’s why I’m asking. Honestly I just want to get off land and be free for a while.

    • Dennis June 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Hey Ryan –
      Cars are mobile too, but people lease them all the time. As long you have security for the boat owner and your credit rating is good, you should be good to go. They’ll probably require you to insure the boat while you lease it and may require that you stay out of hurricane areas during hurricane season, etc. – those are also things to negotiate.
      If you’d like to read an interesting story about someone who did so, read “The 200 Pound Millionaire” online. It’s a short story written by by Weston Martyr in 1932.

  • Joe July 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Doing my preliminary research on moving aboard in a power cruiser. I am in the Charleston area and would like to share a beer with anyone in the area who has already been thru the process.

    • Kevin July 13, 2016 at 6:36 am

      I’m in the Beaufort area….not far from Charleston, did you move forward and begin living aboard? If so, tell me about your boat and your experience, so far. Thanks.

  • Craig May 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Hey where did you go? I was thrilled to find you again, but it’s 2015! Did you sink or swallow the hook? I finally bought my boat, 78 gin fizz, 37.5′, ketch rigged, with a terrible head. Come back to us!

    • Capt'n Doty June 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      It’s been a busy six months. My mother had a medical incident in December, and I had to quit my job and return to Florida. She’s doing a lot better, and I’m hoping to bring Candide home to Jacksonville, Florida, in August (yeah, I know…it’s going to be HOT!). Oh, I’ve also enrolled in graduate school at the University of North Florida…

  • Lisa October 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Hi I was wanting some thoughts about my business.Starting a Maid Service for people that live on their boats and Yachts.I live in Southern California.I have clean some sail boats in the past.Would love to hear some comments Thank you

  • JaLayne March 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I am just starting to look into buying, sailing, and living aboard a sailboat. I am reading and learning a lot but can’s seem to find that much information about the the rocking waves. How bad can it really get? Will I be puking nonstop…LOL??

  • Spencer May 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Can you build a livable sailboat solo? Any help would be appreciated.

  • Christopher Nunnery November 3, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Would you still recommend a Han Christian of the 1985-1989 vintage with proper upgrades/refit, this day in age in 2016?

  • Mai January 2, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I’m thinking of buying a liveaboard in Sausalito. What are your thoughts on a 38 foot, 1974 Silver Queen Houseboat, fiber glass hull? The engine doesn’t work, but I’m looking just to live on it. He’s asking $60k.

  • Jonah C February 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Hello all.
    I am a soon to be college graduate in Charleston, S.C.
    After a lifetime of playing by the rules, I think that it is time to set sail and really see the world. A good friend and I plan on purchasing a sailboat together as soon as we have enough $$$. Our plan is to learn to sail here in the southeastern United States, and once we find ourselves to be well prepared, to depart for the caribbean. A friend of mine told me that a late 80’s Catalina (27ft) would be just enough to do what we have planned.
    Does anyone have any suggestions/comments?
    Is this feasible?
    About how much should I pay for a boat around 30 ft that I can be confident in? (We are on a budget!!!!)
    Thanks to All!!!

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