Steve Ehrler and Jan Murphy wanted to try the liveaboard lifestyle. They were looking for a good boat, about 10 years old, well equipped and well maintained, says Ehrler, 63, a former Navy submarine officer. “It also had to feel like home,” he says.
“I’ve always loved the water and lived on a river on the Eastern Shore for a while,” Ehrler says. “So we bought a [Nimble Nomad] mini-trawler that we could use to explore the rivers and Chesapeake Bay, and trailer to Florida for vacations. I loved being able to live on a boat for a while — go place to place while enjoying a sense of adventure and mornings on anchor. It was the people we met that lived boating, however, that first gave us a sense that we might want to do likewise.”