We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hmm. It looks familiar. I seem to recall seeing a similar craft in the movie Final Countdown. Unfortunately it was strafed and sunk by Japanese Zeroes on December 6, 1941. And then, or course, the Zeroes were shot down by two US Navy F-14 Tomcats.
My boyfriend spent 10 years living on a Chinese junk. He lived mostly in Puget Sound, so I can't comment on what it was like in cold weather. The main thing that makes life interesting are ship surges. When they hit, they can really rock the boat. We're trying to set up a 46' Chris Craft Aqua Home, which needs a few repairs. Not as pretty as the boat above, but has enough space to be a comfortable home.
Moorage in our area seems to run around $200 a month. The boyfriend has moorage, so it doesn't cost us anything beyond the taxes for his place. Sanitation can be an issue, but if you are at regular moorage, that is just part of the costs. You meet some interesting characters on the water and I think that more folks should give life on the water a try.
These old sedan cruisers are beautiful boats. I know they look ungainly and frankly a bit kludgy, but that's really their charm. Plenty of room.
The thing that made these boats good cruisers was long forefoot shaped to a broad hull (12') guided to that wonderful stern tumble home - made it a very efficient hull. A little more bow flare and you'd have a Buddy Davis "Carolina" style hull. :>)
Gorgeous. If I had a couple of years and less arthritis, I'd love to retrofit her and pass my remaining years cruising The Great Loop.