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    Senior Member easttnboater's Avatar
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    It is a done deal

    I am officially retiring April 3rd, 2020. Our house has sold - we are moving out this Thursday and closing next Thursday.

    We will split our time between our houseboat and our RV.

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    Congratulations!! Have fun and post some of the stories.

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    Congratulations! I wish you many great days on the water!!

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    Full timers, hmmmm.

    I guess part timer on land and part timer on water.

    That is cool!!!

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    House closed and the money is in the bank.

    I spent last week on my houseboat prepping it to be a full time home. There are some "liveability" issues that are different if you are spending a weeks vacation on the boat vs living on it for months at a time.

    30 work days left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easttnboater View Post
    House closed and the money is in the bank.

    I spent last week on my houseboat prepping it to be a full time home. There are some "liveability" issues that are different if you are spending a weeks vacation on the boat vs living on it for months at a time.

    30 work days left.
    Exciting times! We retired in 2018. While not living on the boat, we have enjoyed extended stays on it and the freedom to simply decide to stay another week (thanks to Amazon deliveries of coffee and cat food to the dock!)

    Long range plans are to winter in Florida and live aboard Spring - Fall. I am interested in hearing more about the "liveability" issues you are working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpo55 View Post
    Exciting times! We retired in 2018. While not living on the boat, we have enjoyed extended stays on it and the freedom to simply decide to stay another week (thanks to Amazon deliveries of coffee and cat food to the dock!)

    Long range plans are to winter in Florida and live aboard Spring - Fall. I am interested in hearing more about the "liveability" issues you are working on.

    Which part of Florida?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BananaTom View Post
    Which part of Florida?
    We are not sure yet. Shooting for an active living community with lots to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpo55 View Post
    We are not sure yet. Shooting for an active living community with lots to do.
    Well, there are allot of places like that.
    My personal favorite, if I was a Snow Bird, is Naples.
    I love it there, and it is not crowded like so many other places.

    Actually Bonita Springs, just north of Naples.

    And then there is "The Villages"
    Central Florida, at the start of the turnpike and I-75.
    It is a retirement City, built just for that.
    Everyone drive a Club Cart in that city.

    There is also a nice community on the East end of Key Largo, I for get the name right now, but folks there have "Upscale Club Carts" like 57 Chevys and Rolls Royce lookalikes.

    Of course, I love living in Pensacola, we have seasons, like winter and stuff.
    A nice mixture of boating opertunities to Offshore, Near Shore, Interior salt water and fresh water rivers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpo55 View Post
    Exciting times! We retired in 2018. While not living on the boat, we have enjoyed extended stays on it and the freedom to simply decide to stay another week (thanks to Amazon deliveries of coffee and cat food to the dock!)

    Long range plans are to winter in Florida and live aboard Spring - Fall. I am interested in hearing more about the "liveability" issues you are working on.

    As big a boat as it is, it is somewhat short on closet space. It had a full jetted tub that I have removed and am converting that space into a closet. I also need to replace the flooring in the bathrooms.

    The marina where I am does not provide water during the winter, so I am installing a filtration system to pull water from the lake. The lake water is actually very clean, but, as expected, it does have some bacteria in it.

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