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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 4
    More: Cool, Aberystwyth University, postgraduate degrees, North Wales, Isle of Wight  
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2013-06-17 09:32:36 AM
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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 08:11:32 AM
2 votes:
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 08:37:30 AM
1 votes:
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 08:30:54 AM
1 votes:
Good for him, probably really sucked at times but he made it. Now good luck finding a job
 
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