Friday, January 6, 2012


My dear man has it bad. He's so wrapped up about selling out, driving to Florida & living on a boat I'm concerned he may just forget the first part & take off in the car.


He had a dermatology appointment in Lansing this morning & said, as he walked out the door, "I could just keep driving south & be there by Sunday morning."

I really wanted to say, "Go ahead & I'll take care of things here."

He knows we have much to accomplish before we land in Florida but he sits here hour after hour either searching Yachtworld and Craigslist or calling marinas. This afternoon he called marinas from Panama City to Naples!

The economic challenge of this venture has hit home: live aboards who traditionally rent a dock with water, power and other features spend anywhere from $450-1,200 a month before ever buying fuel, groceries, bait, repairs, etc.

In other words, we can't afford it. We'll have to "live on the hook" tying up at free public marinas to quickly resupply or befriend a private dock owner who will rent cheaply enough that we can handle it.

I think the whole round of phone calls today bummed him out big time. He's napping now. Hopefully that helps his mood.

Meanwhile, I'm still searching the ads & listing items on Craigslist. Had my first sale today: $125 for two antique bowls.

Blessing to all of you, Treesong


Mamma Bear said...

What about a houseboat on one of Florida's rivers. Would be much less than a yacht with marina fees?

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Yikes! I paid $95 per month for the slip at Corpus Christi Marina. Island Moorings shows $366 per month for the size boat you mentioned, plus electricity. We had our boat slipped there as well in a 32' slip which ran $250 per month ten years ago, today is $255 according to their site.

Sixbears said...

Plenty of people live on the hook. Get good ground tackle and pick your spots. I think it's doable.

Sneaux said...

My Dad just left Florida after living there for two years because it's SO expensive. His car insurance, for instance, was literally three times as much as it was in Wisconsin. The insurance guy told him it was because of the rampant fraud in Florida. And he said that the car insurance was just one example. So he left and moved back to where I grew up in northern Wisco.