The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat By Mark Nicholas

If you've been considering making that transition towards living aboard, this is the go-to resource for everything you'll ever need to know. We highly recommend this book since it does go into such detail that all of your questions should be answered. It was nice to find a resource that was so complete, thought provoking and useful.

You'll start out the book by going through an exercise to find out what kind of live aboard candidate you are. This is actually an important step before you go any further with your decision. He's broken it down into several types to help you decide what kind of boat you're going to need and what you need to be aware of before you make that transition. This one chapter alone is worth the cost of the book since it can help you make that tough decision before it is too late.

Next up, he goes through all of the different kinds of boats that you can live, their strengths and their weaknesses. Once you familiar with that, you'll move onto the process of buying your boat. The author includes some great tips to make your purchase easier and to make sure that you are getting everything you need in a boat. Once again, it's chapters like these that make the whole purchase worthwhile.

Once you've purchased your boat, you're going to need to find a place to put it. There is an enormous section on how to find the right marina and what you need to know about living aboard in a marina. Every aspect is covered and there are some great tips on how to get the best living arrangements. The author also included a section on safety and security for living at a marina and this is a very useful read for anyone about to make this leap.

Now that all of that is out of the way, the author shows you how to calculate how much it is going to cost you to live aboard. Every thing from your monthly costs, start up costs and how much overall you'll need to budget is included. This is very useful if you are trying to save money by moving aboard your boat.

The next chapter covers mental preparedness for life on a boat as well as some other considerations that you will need to keep in mind. The section on living on a boat with family and your pets is incredibly useful and really breaks everything down. The last few sections cover amenities, how to handle the climate while living onboard as well as important safety and sanitary information.

We highly recommend this incredible resource that contains literally everything you could ever need to know about living aboard a boat. It deserves a place on any boater's shelf, and particularly for those that are on the fence about living aboard, this could save you a lot of money and a lot of heartache if it isn't right for you.

Originally posted 2008-08-08 05:25:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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