I used to live on a boat (pictures of the boat below) in a Redwood City, California marina named "Peninsula Marina". I moved aboard on 5/23/2000. However, as of 1/21/02, I moved ashore and sold the boat. It was a sad day. The reason I stopped living on the boat was that a developer decided to fill in my marina with dirt and build 1,300 condos. You can read a little more about it here.
Click here for pictures of the last cruise I ever took with some friends on my boat. Click on the following for pictures from various other cruises: BlueAngels, and Random Day.
The boat was a 1991 Carver 35' Aft Cabin powerboat (not a sailboat). Living aboard was just something fun and silly to do for a year or so. It turns out to be about the same cost as living in a one bedroom apartment in Silicon Valley because of the extremely high cost of living here. The boat's name is "Kirsten Renee", named after the oldest daughter of the previous owner.
I purchased the boat in Los Angeles (boats are cheaper there), and decided to sail (power?) her up the coast to Redwood City instead of having her hauled over land. The trip was NOTHING like I expected, and a completely wonderful experience. Click on the links below to see pictures and read about the trip:
Boat Trip Stage 1: Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Boat Trip Stage 2: Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz
Boat Trip Stage 3: Santa Cruz to Redwood City
Below is a picture of my boat, a 1991 Carver 35' Aft Cabin. This is in Kings Harbor in L.A. California where I bought her:
This is NOT my boat, but same model and a rear view. Mine does not have the hard top over the back shown. But the square window on the back is a window into the master bedroom.
Again, not my boat, but same exact model. Mine looks exactly like this inside. Notice the inside steering wheel which can be used instead of the flying bridge steering wheel in a pinch. Few people seem to ever use this inside steering wheel. In this room, I can stand up absolutely straight while wearing tennis shoes, and the top of my hair scrapes the ceiling. (I'm 6'3" tall.)
Looking backwards in the same room as above (not my boat, but same model again):
Standing even farther forward in my boat, looking backwards. The white square on the right is the refrigerator in the galley.
This is the galley, the white square on the left is the refrigerator (see the above picture also). The stove uncovers to a 3 burner stove top, and below it is an oven. The head room in the kitchen is about 9' tall, so standing up straight is no issue.
This is the master bedroom (in the back of the boat), looking into the master bath. The headroom in the master bedroom and master bath are about 6'3", so with shoes on I have to duck my head slightly all the time in this room.
Closer picture of master bathroom. The shower is to the left.
Here is my professional artist rendering of the side profile of the boat. It explains where the engine is (in the center, lowest point of the boat under neat the living room floor. And it explains why you step DOWN into the kitchen, and why the kitchen has so much headroom:
Some more pictures of my boat (the day it was sold) are found here.
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