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Ecks sold the condo for $235,000, and the couple rented a house for a while before buying an old houseboat for $3,100. They had it towed to a marina in south San Francisco where Ecks could also moor his 30-year-old, 27-foot sailboat. Berth rent and a live-aboard fee set the couple back $600 a month. Ecks figures his total monthly expenses run about $1,500

I'm completely surprised by this - is living on a houseboat really so much cheaper than renting an apartment? Aren't boats expensive to maintain? Also, does this guy pay for health insurance? I'm finding it hard to believe that one can live that cheaply in San Francisco (unless one finds housing in a cardboard box).

Rocannon
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