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(Portland Press Herald)   Old and busted: homeless and living out of your car. New hotness: homeless and living out of your canoe on the ocean   ( divider line
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2012-12-06 02:33:50 PM  
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snowjack: Nadie_AZ: Smith said this week that he's been bunking down in metro Boston waters for about two months now. Authorities said that they're keeping an eye on the unconventional camper, but that he isn't breaking any laws.

He's gonna be a meat popsicle come January.

No kidding.

Even if I lost everything and had no skills, I don't think it would take too long to raise enough cash to buy an old sailboat with a little cabin, just working fast food jobs. Or begging, if I couldn't even get a fast food job for some reason. 'Course someone who is crazy enough to try living on a canoe going into a Northeast winter is probably not the kind of person I'd be looking to hire if I owned a fast food joint.

I'd go looking for something like this... asking price is $3800: 1984 Catalina 25
Probably not in great shape, but it would be a secure place to keep your stuff, a roof over your head, a sink, hot plate, and a toilet.

Know how I know you don't own a boat?

-So you'd save up 4 grand, because that's easy for most people to do, especially those with no assets and skills.
-Then, you would go get the boat in Vermont (hopefully you live nearby so you can walk)
-Then you would figure out how to sail it (skill) or you saved up for gas (for a 9hp engine, that will barely move that thing-it's meant for parking) or otherwise pay for a boat slip (appx. $4000/yr in WV for aboat that size, more anywhere else)
-Good thing you can save money by anchoring in open water at night, because that money will come in handy when trying to dock such a large boat, as you cannot just pull up anywhere and expect to leave the boat at a public marina
-Surely you saved up enough cash with your minimum wage job to maintain your 30 year old boat on a daily basis, as a $3800, 30 year old boat needs
-And on year 31, when you experience your first large failure (engine blown, torn sail, broken mast, leaking hull, rotting deck), you saved up for that too...and for year 32's failure....and year 33's failure.....

Yeah sounds like a good plan! I can't believe stupid canoe guy hasn't done this yet!
2012-12-06 03:51:56 AM  
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Friend of mine does this.

A couple years ago he sold all his possessions, bought a trimaran and sails up and down the pacific coast living what he calls the "technomadic" lifestyle. He does remote sysadmin work occasionally, but for the most part he is self-sufficient and living free on the water without a home. Well, technically his real home is Vancouver, but like the birds he always heads south for the winter. Currently he's in Baja. He blogs about his experiences here.

His boat is called the TIE Fighter.

I envy that man so god damn much, but I could never do what he does. I enjoy central heating too much.
2012-12-06 01:41:18 AM  
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I would have gone with a hero tag or the cool tag. I like this guy.
2012-12-05 08:36:08 PM  
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I don't care how many layers you have that has got to be seriously cold.  Also I hate articles like this because they alway close with a sentence that makes me cry.
Before sunup Tuesday, Smith saw a shooting star skitter across the New England sky and said later he made a wish meant for all people, no matter where they bed down at night.
"I wished self-esteem for all of us," he said.
Got dammit so much, there go the waterworks.
- Don't judge me, I'm very sensitive.
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