Should we live on a yacht in London?
August 17, 2012 2:09 PM Subscribe
My boyfriend and I are moving to London in the next few months. Are we crazy to consider sailing his 10m yacht there and living on it in a marina, especially going into the winter?
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I've gotten a great two-year contract in London, so my boyfriend and I will be moving there in a few months. We had been planning on looking for a nice big double room in a shared house to start off while he looks for a job, but we've been seriously considering an unusual living alternative.
He's got salt water running in his veins, and I myself have gotten to love the tide's rhythm and the sound of halyards clinking on masts sending me to sleep. We've done a few 2-week sailing trips together on his 10m yacht, which is old but solid, cozy and reliable. We've hit upon the notion of "living aboard" in London: There's quite a culture of liveaboards there, mostly on narrowboats on the canals, but I've gotten in contact with a few who live on sailing yachts in some of the central marinas there. We've luckily been offered a place at a central marina and are seriously considering taking up the offer. Here's pro and con list we've made:
- We'd get to have a boaty life surrounded by a boaty community.
- The idea of living a minimalistic, efficient life really appeals to me. I feel happier with fewer things, and living on the boat would certainly encourage necessitate this.
- It would give my boyfriend a real purpose in going to London and the thought makes him much more excited about joining me there.
- We could save a really big chunk of money - at least 15% of my salary for my share alone which would otherwise have gone on rent.
- The marina is in an appealing part of London with good connections to my office
- We'd be connected to water, wifi and electricity and have access to showers, laundry facilities and toilets (with a chemical toilet on board for when we don't want to go ashore).
- It's relatively easily reversible - if we/I hate it, we can move to boat to a cheaper berth outside London and move into a shared house as originally planned.
- It's a really romantic adventure for us.
- The berth we've been offered is technically not for liveaboards, but I've been told by "locals" that the marina won't mind if we keep our heads down. This will make us feel pretty insecure, nonetheless. We're on a waiting list for residential berths that's supposedly a few months to a few years long.
- We'll have to spend to make the boat more comfortable - dehumidifiers, insulation, heating etc, eating into savings.
- Regardless of improvements, it will be cramped and cold in the winter. Hopefully not too damp, but there would be the potential for must and smells.
- A good proportion of people would think we're mad hippies, though the office I'm going to is open minded and I think most there wouldn't see this negatively.
TL;DR: I'm looking for personal stories which would help us to decide whether to go for it or not and for tips on how make this work if we do. I'm particularly interested in advice about livingaboard in London, in winter, in a small space, and/or on a sailing yacht.
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