Daily Mail- A student who couldn’t afford to pay rent bought a boat to live on while studying at university – and saved himself £5,600. Physical geography student, Joe Pearce, 23, bought the 42-year-old yacht online for £800, the equivalent of two months’ rent. He lived aboard the 23-foot Falmouth Gypsy class boat in a boatyard for 14 months while studying for his masters at Aberystwyth University. Mr Pearce said: ‘When I was studying for my masters I realised I couldn’t afford to keep living in a flat. I was sharing a flat with my girlfriend, and we would split the £100-a-week rent between us. ‘But when we broke up I would have had to pay around 400 pounds a month by myself. So I then came up with a crazy idea to buy a boat to live on.’ The boat had a 1970 engine and the tallest part of the boat was 5ft and Mr Pearce found it difficult to move around as he’s almost 6ft. Mr Pearce said: ‘I kept it at the Ynyslas boatyard, eight miles outside of Aberystwyth and I would cycle to and from university to save money. “The boat was the talk of the town and I’d also host boat parties on it.”
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First off, let’s get this straight: 23 feet long and five feet of standing room is not a yacht. That’s a fucking boat. You didn’t host parties on it and you sure as fuck didn’t enjoy living there. Your girlfriend left you, you were too poor to pay for a real apartment and the only reason you get laid is because of the implication. Let’s not act like you’re actually enjoying this. Good for him for embracing his awful life but that doesn’t make it any less pathetic. You’re trying to get a masters in physical geography and you’re living on a boat. That’s one character switch away from being a subplot on Arrested Development. Fiscally responsible? I guess. Cool story to tell a decade from now when your life isn’t is shambles? I’ll give you that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to hate Joe’s optimism and hope his “yacht” sinks while he’s sleeping.
PS- Thank go he wears a life vest when he’s docked and below deck. Otherwise things could end real poorly.