While this subject has probably been discussed I thought I'd bring it back up. My wife and I have been living/cruising aboard our vessel for the last 3 years, mainly the east coast of the US and the Bahamas, over 9,000 miles on this boat to date. Not surprisingly cruisers share similar beliefs with survivalists, self sufficiency/reliance being goal #1. Freedom from excessive govt intrusion also at the top of the list. This past year we have seen a surge of cruisers who will admit there boat is their BOV as well as their home and as a boat broker I have sold several vessels specifically for this porpoise. Here is a brief description of our set up. 50'x23' custom power cat, twin Volvo penta common rail diesels, 160 hp per side. Max range (+/- conditions, speed etc) 1800 miles with a 20% reserve. (4) charging alternators 120+160 amp (6) Siemens solar panels feeding (5) 200amp house batteries with a trace 2500 watt inverter. All lights are LED. 12volt cold plate ref/freezer (spent 6 mo's in the Bahamas and came home with meat in the freezer). 5.5 kw diesel gen-set (1/4 gal per hour). Spare 2kw Honda gas. Air compressor for the Hookah dive rig. 18 gph 12 volt water maker, water collection available via a guttered hard top. (2) hot water heaters, electric and engine manifold. Propane grill, stove and oven with 40lbs propane, 1+ years worth of fuel using the grill daily. 327 gal diesel+(2) 100 Gal bladders, 150 gal water storage with a SeaGull filtration system for drinking and cooking. 75 gal waste holding. (2) queen berths with separate heads. A third berth was converted to additional storage. Small shop with washer/dryer combo, parts/spares storage and tools. (3) GPS plotters, (1) Radar, (3) VHF's (1) SSB with pactor modem, (2) depth/temp units. 10' AB inflatable w/ 15hp out board (gas) (2) bikes and a kyack. Lodes of fishing, hunting and diving gear. Stores for 6+months for 2 adults. (3) sets of ground tackle and enough rope/rode to spider tie if needed during a hurricane (been through 2). Lot's more stuff but you get the idea. When she was built the owners intended porpoise was long term/range live aboard with speed, comfort, safety and efficiency being the goal. What we have found during our travels are a large number of like minded folks traveling the oceans and water ways. Is a boat a good BOV, I'd say yes and before someone jumps me, all our eggs are not in one basket.... Any questions/ideas please post them up. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!