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What's Your Best Live Aboard Tip?

ImageA forum to discuss issues related to living aboard your boat here. This is the place for "doing it" rather than "planning to do it".

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Re: What's Your Best Live Aboard Tip?

Unread postby Sloopy » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:22 am

Line snubber's or (shocks) are great during storms or when someone decides to ignore the no wake rule. Also allows for a little extra stretch during extra low tides. I was impressed with difference they make and living aboard is a much smother ride.

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Re: What's Your Best Live Aboard Tip?

Unread postby Coyle » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:45 am

sunnyd wrote:Source of the post
CaptForce wrote:.........here's another one. Take full ownership of your boat. By that I mean be independent and self-sufficient. Take on the responsibility of maintaining your home. Here's a photograph from 1975 when we careened our second "Aythya" and painted the bottom at low tide. Nothing allows more independence and potential for success than being able to "do it yourself"!


Take care and joy, Aythya crew

Great picture. Some day that will be me. Probably next year but I confess to being nervous at the idea.

I've done that before; pull mast cable to a tree preferably; we don't get huge tides like that here on gulf coast but soltice tide is a biggie; one thing I can't tell from the pic if wearing mask but that cuprous oxide's some bad stuff to be breathing and when you start to get under the curve of your hull you'll be in a concentrated area of it--unless strong breeze. I used mask and still got hit pretty hard when going close up and under like that. Be sufficient, and safe 8-)
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Re: What's Your Best Live Aboard Tip?

Unread postby CaptForce » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:42 pm

'maybe it's not a liveaboard tip. 'maybe it's just good luck, but nothing made my 45 years of living aboard more successful than coming across a woman that was willing to take on the adventure; own little within little space; work hard at the adventure and raise two children with me in "paradise".

Oh, and Coyle, about using the mask when careening,- good advice! I was always careful with paint dust and fiberglass sandings as well as the organic solvents. In the photo I'm applying some paint, but I was wearing the mask when scraping and sanding off the old paint. Even when applying the paint I'm best with a nice breeze. The worst I ever did was to paint the inside of my dorm building elevator red while in college, but then college is where you're supposed to be learning things, right?
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Re: What's Your Best Live Aboard Tip?

Unread postby tex » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:03 am

I just did the bilge area of my machinery space (under the galley) and it was nearly impossible to get any air exchange down there. Even something as benign as bilge paint can put you out fast without a decent mask. The Admiral just says it’s just a cherry on top of all the abuse I have done to my body. :roll:
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