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The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat, Revised & Updated Paperback – December 11, 2013
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An absolute "must-have" for anyone considering making a boat one's permanent dwelling. -- Midwest Book Review - October 2004
Before you [liveaboard], read this well balanced look at the subject. You'll encounter fewer surprises. -- Lin Pardey, Author, Educator and World Cruiser
It's straight talk from a liveaboard sailor who made the mistakes so you won't have to. --Linda Ridihalgh, Editor, Living Aboard Magazine
The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat speaks to dreamers and explorers alike, presenting information about this wonderful and rewarding lifestyle. Mark Nicholas has combined his experience of life aboard with the advice of other liveaboards, marina owners, technicians, boat manufacturers, and advocates in order to detail the challenges and offer real advice for success. This lifestyle, typically thought to be out of reach or "for other people," is now available to all who dream. Essentials explains, among other things, how to: Figure out your needs Choose the right boat Buy your boat Choose the right marina Forecast your costs Prepare for the lifestyle Accommodate partners, children and pets Outfit your boat Plan for all climates Address safety and sanitation issues And more! --GoodReads.com
From the Author
With the advice of some of the best live aboard and boating experts that I have ever had the pleasure to meet, I have sought to put together a resource highlighting many of the most significant issues and challenges that any liveaboard would one day have to endure - all being the kind of things that I wish that someone would have taken the time to teach me before I was literally ankle deep in water.
Living aboard is a wonderfully rewarding lifestyle, and while not easy, is anything but impossible. In looking back on the research that I did before undertaking this lifestyle, I felt as though much of what I read did not provide an objective portrayal of the liveaboard lifestyle. I wanted to put together an honest and passionate depiction of the lifestyle and its issues and challenges, along with solutions and ideas and caveats so that potential liveaboards are provided with a valuable tool to start out with. I hope that is what I have provided.
Sincerely wishing you the best of luck, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The subtitle "the definitive guide for liveaboards" is a too aggressive. Nicholas' experience is primarily living in a marina in Boston year round; the book is based on that experience. This book puts forth Nicolas' idiosyncratic views; they are sound and interesting enough, but this book is not an "essential" manual nor a "definitive" guide.
Dock side living in winter climes; dealing with or balancing the electronic entertainments; and cost estimating are the subjects in which this book shines. There are also many tidbits relating to existing in the landlubbers' world while residing dockside.
For me, the most interesting part of the book was the estimated costs section about mid-way through. Using five widely disparate examples of boats and liveaboard situations, the author systematically reviews all the categories and subcategories of costs that one could incur with boat ownership, especially buying the boat and owning it for the first year. This was really eye-opening - definitely shows that the purchase price is only the very beginning! Some of the listed expenses are not ones I would have thought of right away, as a person unfamiliar with the topic (e.g. new sails really cost $2000 - $5000?). Only one example of a liveaboard powerboat is included in the cost surveys; I would have preferred to see another in this category included, perhaps a different size or price - if only because I have seen so many powerboats in my coastal travels.Read more ›
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have to laugh at some of his points...so spot on and he writes it in a way that is interesting and shows the lighter side of difficulties you most likely will encounterPublished 4 days ago by SA Hughes
It's okay.... if you are looking for deep in depth knowledge you are going to bed to buy a seperate maintenance book for each system, and find resources for various topics. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Daniel Groner
Purchased as a gift for my brother who is looking forward to retiring on a sailboat. Thought it would be helpfulPublished 1 month ago by Lora
This is a good book for a person whom wants to live aboard a boat, that's for sure.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer