The only reason ,as I see it, to liveaboard is to move around. In every marina there always seems to be a small group of people who never even move off the mooring- maybe they just see their boat as another holiday home- can't see the point of that myself.
1. People in permanent houseboats in designated sites.
2. People living aboard (theoretically) mobile boats in the UK.
3. People actively cruising around.
The various liveaboard issues are totally different for these three types. Type 1 are for all practical purposes little different from shore dwellers. I'd hazard a guess that there are similar numbers of type 2 & 3 - type 3 are growing faster though - but there are many who alternate between cruising and staying put.
I don't know about the UK, but in the warmer climes, after an initial 'see everything as soon as possible' phase we tend to move in jumps. That is, we suddenly find a place that we like and hang around in that area. Sometimes it is for a few months and others it is for some years. Often we return to the same area for 'winter' ( the not so nice sailing season, the hurrican season etc). I have wintered the last 6 years on my cat in S. Turkey and in the summer, if not gainfully employed skippering or teaching I cruise from Isael, Egypt to the Ballierics.
The beauty of livabording is that you do what you like when you like. There are no rules.
Go for it
I met an elderly lady on the Midi who had had her narrow boat transported to France and spent her time moving around the canal system. At the time she had an elderly Canadian man with a Motor Boat ‘cruising’ in company.
I could almost have originated Andrew B's posting. There are many who start out with palm trees in their eyes but get no further than the first bar where they can wear t-shirt and shorts all day. They stay there. Others are always on the move.
All have something in common, except for the few who NEVER move, when their boat becomes a sort of ex-pat's villa.
Let's not be judgemnetal about this. I have my preferences, and you have yours and the other guy has his, but one can get along.
Anyway, isn't it all better than that commuter train from Woking, Woking, this is woking.?
I'm a L/A in australia. i love to sail , but also enjoy staying in one place for a while, for example I am currently moored in Sydney where I have been working for just over 9 months ( doing a sort of re-fitt ). Point being, the boat/home stays on the mooring most of the time, but when the working gets boring, or I feel the urge, I pull up the sails and off I go again, 1 month or 1 year.. Whatever.. from an outside point of view it may look like my yacht never leaves the mooring, but both my sails and cats know different....
Bobby aka Seawolf..
Freedom is the song of your soul..
When I first became a live-aboard in the early 1970's, it was due to a failed marriage and, with very little money, I had nowhere else to go. I moored up the top end of Oare creek near Faversham, free in those days, among a little colony of people all with almost identical stories.
Technically boats were supposed to be seaworthy, but many no longer were. Next to me was an old wooden coastal trader of maybe 100 tons. The bottom had rotted out and although the ancient owner was using the hold for storage of the possessions he proudly showed me (including all the furniture from his former home), the spring tides washed straight through and it was all just a mass of corruption and decay. He himself bedded in a tiny deck house, barely large enough to stretch out.
Tied up alongside him, where it would float off every tide, was a tiny flat-bottomed punt (Oxbridge type) where his equally old buddy lived. This punt had a rough wood frame over which polythene sheeting had been wrapped. He'd lived there for five years, summer and winter. A cardboard box outside Debenhams would have been more congenial.
All of us - and there were many more great characters, who I'll write about some time - were living on the margin. There were a good many of these little colonies around then, and in them people with great experience of the sea. But whether the experiences of these fore-runners can in any way help with the handholding that people posting here seem to be looking for, I rather doubt.
Wonder why we all seem to try and foster our veiws on others
.If I wanted to buy a boat and just sit on a mooring for the rest of my life just watching the world go by, I would. I can't realy see what it has to do with anybody else so long as I was happy..
As it happens I love sailing. Just a thought
We only livaboard for 4-5mtsof the year in Greece . the fun is going to new places . i know many thousands have been there before but there is a great sense of adventure entering a new area ,double checking charts ,pilot books,eyeballing entrances . A fantastic buzz. God !I want to get going again. Cheers bob t