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(Daily Mail)   Old and busted: Living in a $1500 van while getting a graduate degree at Duke. New hotness: Living in a £800 yacht while getting a masters degree at Aberystwyth University   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 60
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2013-06-17 08:11:32 AM
1. I've been to Aberystwyth (Hiked there from Machynlleth as a boy scout back in 1982)
2. That's not a yacht.  It's a sailboat.  If it cost less than a decent used car, it's not a 'yacht'.
 
2013-06-17 08:16:11 AM
Those docks have showers?
 
2013-06-17 08:16:15 AM
Never going out of style: Duke Sucks
 
2013-06-17 08:20:12 AM
So does he have to sleep with the life jacket on? I bet it smells wonderful.
 
2013-06-17 08:21:12 AM
In before 'down by the river'.
 
2013-06-17 08:22:29 AM
How much do you want to bet it's all fake so they could one up the Duke van guy?
 
2013-06-17 08:22:37 AM
sailboat = yacht

inigomontoya.jpg
 
2013-06-17 08:23:42 AM
Aberystwyth.

God bless you.
 
2013-06-17 08:23:58 AM
You don't get a yacht for 800 you get a boat.  How much does he pay in slip fees and other sundry costs associated with keeping a boat?

/great pussy magnet, however.
 
2013-06-17 08:24:00 AM
A yacht isn't £800.
 
2013-06-17 08:27:22 AM

EvilEgg: You don't get a yacht for 800 you get a boat.  How much does he pay in slip fees and other sundry costs associated with keeping a boat?

/great pussy magnet, however.


He paid a pound a day for dock space, not a bad deal, and he bicycled to school.
 
2013-06-17 08:28:45 AM
yacht [yot] Show IPA
noun
1.
a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.
verb (used without object)
2.
to sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
Origin:
1550-60;
 
2013-06-17 08:30:10 AM
This just proves there are always low cost living options that are better than living in a van down by the river.
 
2013-06-17 08:30:54 AM
Good for him, probably really sucked at times but he made it. Now good luck finding a job
 
2013-06-17 08:34:53 AM
Not a bad little boat for a single guy to live on:

www.falmouthgypsy.eclipse.co.uk

You could always add a boom tent over the aft cockpit for a bit more headroom and some extra living space.
 
2013-06-17 08:36:41 AM

gopher321: yacht [yot] Show IPA
noun
1.
a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.
verb (used without object)
2.
to sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
Origin:
1550-60;


that's not a yacht....

this is a yacht:

www.charteryachtparadigm.com
 
2013-06-17 08:37:30 AM
This is the kind of thing you can only do when you are young, and you know that this is only for the time being. Had I to do that right now, I'd feel mightily depressed.
 
2013-06-17 08:39:46 AM
yacht?

thatwordIdonotthinkitmeanswhatyouthinkitmeans.jpg
 
2013-06-17 08:41:17 AM
You'd think he'd have cleaned up a little since he knew a reporter was going to photograph it. It's not a bad little boat but it looks like shiat because it's dirty and full of crap.
 
2013-06-17 08:42:21 AM
my personal definition of yacht would be:

"a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes which contains at least the following amenities: bedroom, bathroom/shower, and kitchen"... otherwise, a rowboat could be considered a yacht which to me absolutely absurd.
 
2013-06-17 08:45:39 AM

Tom_Slick: This just proves there are always low cost living options that are better than living in a van down by the river.


Yeah, A floating van in the river.
 
2013-06-17 08:46:04 AM
As others have pointed out, as a pleasure craft, it technically is a yacht, however, I've always heard it like this: "Oh, I don't have a yacht. A yacht is technically any boat that is larger than mine."
 
2013-06-17 08:46:36 AM
It meets the technical definition of a yacht... though perhaps not your expectation of what a yacht should be.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_yacht
 
2013-06-17 08:47:19 AM
there is no hotness associated with Aberystwyth. yacht or not, it's a looong way from Monaco
 
2013-06-17 08:49:33 AM
Shall we stop splitting hairs/hares and call it a `floating shanty'?
 
2013-06-17 09:02:56 AM

dittybopper: EvilEgg: You don't get a yacht for 800 you get a boat.  How much does he pay in slip fees and other sundry costs associated with keeping a boat?

/great pussy magnet, however.

He paid a pound a day for dock space, not a bad deal, and he bicycled to school.


And how much did he spend on power? You don't get free power from a 30 quid per month dock, and there's no way in "sunny" England that he had enough power from a small solar panel to run a bilge pump 24/7, let alone the large LCD panels shown in the background. Odds are he was either paying more for services or he was running a generator and filling it with gas or diesel constantly.

I don't believe for one second that he spent less living in a boat -- even a ratty one like that -- than he'd have spent on a room of similar size and condition somewhere equally out of the way.
 
2013-06-17 09:05:40 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: my personal definition of yacht would be:

"a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes which contains at least the following amenities: bedroom, bathroom/shower, and kitchen"... otherwise, a rowboat could be considered a yacht which to me absolutely absurd.


I would add that it must be capable of open water sailing. A house boat or a pontoon boat might be comfortable and large but are definitely not yachts.
 
2013-06-17 09:09:40 AM
i1151.photobucket.com
It is TOO a yacht!
 
2013-06-17 09:17:47 AM

oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 400x352]
It is TOO a yacht!



I wouldn't call that a yacht because it's not made of modern materials like fiberglass. In contrast, this is a decent yacht:

www.bluewaterdories.com
 
2013-06-17 09:21:06 AM

gweilo8888: I don't believe for one second that he spent less living in a boat -- even a ratty one like that -- than he'd have spent on a room of similar size and condition somewhere equally out of the way.


I do - although there are obviously boat-specific costs you'd struggle to find a room in a shared house for less than £30 a week, I pay £87 pcm to power my entire house (and my bathroom is bigger than his boat.)
 
2013-06-17 09:29:52 AM
You know, because of the implication.
 
2013-06-17 09:32:36 AM

gweilo8888: dittybopper: EvilEgg: You don't get a yacht for 800 you get a boat.  How much does he pay in slip fees and other sundry costs associated with keeping a boat?

/great pussy magnet, however.

He paid a pound a day for dock space, not a bad deal, and he bicycled to school.

And how much did he spend on power? You don't get free power from a 30 quid per month dock, and there's no way in "sunny" England that he had enough power from a small solar panel to run a bilge pump 24/7, let alone the large LCD panels shown in the background. Odds are he was either paying more for services or he was running a generator and filling it with gas or diesel constantly.

I don't believe for one second that he spent less living in a boat -- even a ratty one like that -- than he'd have spent on a room of similar size and condition somewhere equally out of the way.


His prior rent was 400 pounds a month.

He would have spent most of his time on the campus of the university, so his power requirements would be pretty minimal except on the weekends.  LED lighting is pretty efficient, and even regular lighting isn't going to be an issue during the day, in a boat that small.

Also, looking on Google Earth, the boat yard where he kept it is, to put it mildly, rather sparse in it's facilities.  Those pictures in the article were taken at the Isle of Wight, so it's conceivable that he didn't have things like the "large" LCD panel (I only saw 1) you mention, but even if he did, he wouldn't have had much use for it during the day.

He had to bike the 8 miles to school.  Google maps says it's an hour ride (minimum route is 56 minutes, longest is 1 hour 23 minutes).  So that's 2 hours a day he's on the bike, outside of the time he spent at school.  Since he'd being doing almost all of his actual school work at school*, the time spent on the boat would be largely limited to evening recreation and sleeping.  Really, all he needed was the ability to power the boat for a handful of hours a day most of the time.   Cooking is by some sort of gas stove, he has a diesel generator/engine on board, and a solar panel to trickle charge the battery during the day when he's not there.   Depending on how much electricity he used, he might only need to use a gallon or two of diesel a week, if that.

I find it eminently believable that his shelter/utility expenses were less than he could have maintained closer to campus.

*Looking at where he docked on Google Earth, I'm guessing he didn't have internet connectivity there.
 
2013-06-17 09:44:24 AM
I say old boy aberystwyth don't you know, did 'e blag a bookie's?
 
2013-06-17 10:00:13 AM
Cheap. Less than when I was a live-aboard. I had a young couple living on a 26 footer next to me at one time. 15 Amp electricity will do.

/less than 40 feet = boat
//$75 a night on Nantucket last month.
 
2013-06-17 10:06:32 AM

aniyn: So does he have to sleep with the life jacket on? I bet it smells wonderful.


Why would he have to sleep with a life jacket on? He's not going to sink while tied up at a mooring.
 
2013-06-17 10:14:55 AM

traylor: oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 400x352]
It is TOO a yacht!


I wouldn't call that a yacht because it's not made of modern materials like fiberglass. In contrast, this is a decent yacht:

[www.bluewaterdories.com image 550x413]


Wiki: A yacht /ˈjɒt/ is a recreational boat or ship. The term originated from the Dutch Jacht meaning "hunt". It was originally defined as a light fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates and other transgressors around and into the shallow waters of the Low Countries. After its selection by Charles II of England as the vessel to carry him to Britain from Holland for his restoration, it came to be used to mean a vessel used to convey important persons.

Further Wiki: Charles II (29 May 1630 - 6 February 1685)

Not a lot of fibreglass back in those days.
 
2013-06-17 10:49:57 AM
Gazuntite
 
2013-06-17 10:57:10 AM
I've been contemplating about living full time on my "yacht." Right now my house is about 40-minutes from work and there's a marina about 10-minutes away from my office. My mortgage is $600 a month and my moorage is $300 a month. I could easily get $1,000 in rent for my house, which would be nice.

I'd still have to cover my insurance and property taxes, but that would go a long ways towards covering almost all of my (non-food) living expenses. The only major thing holding me back is that my sailboat doesn't have a washer & dryer aboard.

/white people problems.
 
2013-06-17 11:17:21 AM
Unlike a van you can get pussy on a boat. Van says rape, Sail boat says adventure. This guy wins.

/A-Team vans being the exception.
 
2013-06-17 11:25:07 AM
A yacht has a keel.

Anything else is a dinghy, sailboat, boat, launch, ship, submarine etc.
 
2013-06-17 11:54:23 AM

MrSteve007: I've been contemplating about living full time on my "yacht." Right now my house is about 40-minutes from work and there's a marina about 10-minutes away from my office. My mortgage is $600 a month and my moorage is $300 a month. I could easily get $1,000 in rent for my house, which would be nice.

I'd still have to cover my insurance and property taxes, but that would go a long ways towards covering almost all of my (non-food) living expenses. The only major thing holding me back is that my sailboat doesn't have a washer & dryer aboard.

/white people problems.


Saw this while buying trailer lights this weekend, you may not have enough space even though it is pretty compact.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?c at alogId=10001&storeId=11151&productId=36082&langId=-1#.Ub8wzNhhRuQ
 
2013-06-17 12:08:48 PM
When I got my captain's and passagemaking certs, both of my teachers lived on sailboats about that size all year round.  They taught sailing for a few months to earn money, then spent the rest of the time sailing between Maine in the Summer and the Caribbean in the Winter.  When they ran out of money, they taught for a few months.  Funky gypsy way of life.
 
2013-06-17 12:24:11 PM

lunkhed: A yacht has a keel.

Anything else is a dinghy or a rib, sailboat, boat, launch, ship, submarine etc.


FTFY.
 
2013-06-17 12:29:15 PM

Aquapope: Funky gypsy way of life.


but an awesome life it is.
/normally  a sailboat over 26' is considered a yacht due to coast guard regs.
//
 
2013-06-17 12:53:29 PM
"Physical geography student, Joe Pearce, 23, bought the 42-year-old yacht"

"It was built in Penryn, Cornwall, 32 years ago"

Wait, what?
 
2013-06-17 12:59:49 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: gopher321: yacht [yot] Show IPA
noun
1.
a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.
verb (used without object)
2.
to sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
Origin:
1550-60;

that's not a yacht....

this is a yacht:

[www.charteryachtparadigm.com image 850x351]


I see you've played yachty-boaty before
 
2013-06-17 01:18:12 PM
least viewed post by black people ever on fark.

winnAr.
 
2013-06-17 02:23:21 PM

Squigley: "Physical geography student, Joe Pearce, 23, bought the 42-year-old yacht"

"It was built in Penryn, Cornwall, 32 years ago"

Wait, what?


It's a used Tardis.

Didn't you notice that it seemed bigger on the inside than the outside?
 
2013-06-17 02:59:42 PM
skiddylabrat.files.wordpress.com

Duke Alumni?
 
2013-06-17 03:25:45 PM

dittybopper: . That's not a yacht.  It's a sailboat.  If it cost less than a decent used car, it's not a 'yacht'.


If you can sleep in it without putting a tent up, it's a yacht. It may or may not also be a sailing boat.
 
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