Hey everyone. I have always loved the water and had this fantasy about the liveaboard life, but only recently have I really crunched the numbers and started to think it’s possible. I am still a ways away from taking the plunge and there are obviously a million steps in between now and then, but I wanted to find a good online community to help guide me. I am a 50 year old man and soon to be divorced. My youngest child is going off to college next year. I live in Orange County. What I’d really like to do, within 2-4 years, is get a 35-45 foot power yacht and live in a marina, here in the LA area. I am not rich, but it seems like if the boat is also my residence, it becomes affordable. A one-bedroom apartment where I live is $1800-2400 a month. I think the liveaboard slips are pretty hard to come by in LA, so that may be the biggest obstacle. I have been browsing around all sorts of web sites and I really like the Carver models, so something like that is what I had in mind. I don’t want to travel the globe in it, but I would like to take it out and cruise around up and down the California coast. I understand maintenance is a huge expense and the more you can do yourself, the more affordable it is. I am not super handy, but I did repair my washing machine and I’ve replaced the hardware in a few toilets. In any case, I would like the newest, most trouble-free boat I can afford. (In my browsing I’ve mostly focused on boats under $200,000.) Anyway, I will save the specific questions for later, but for now I am interested in hearing from any other liveaboard folks about how you got started?