Should I Live on a Sailboat?

Why do you want to Live on a Sailboat?

I don’t yet live on a sailboat, but I really want to! and plan to live on a sailboat.

I’ve done a good amount of research on living on a sailboat, because like I said I plan on living on a sailboat in the coming years.

I’ve heard that living on a sailboat is really hard and has a long list of cons. Not many people last more than a couple few years on a sailboat.

That being said, many of those same people say it is one of the most rewarding experiences!

You need to realize that there will be many difficulties that come with living on a sailboat. You need to be driven to make the best of it so that the pros outweigh the cons.

I’m really excited to live on a sailboat! If you want to make it work you have to be excited!

What I look forward to about living on a sailboat:

  • Sailing obviously, taking the boat out! Got to make the time for it though. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
  • Relatively cheap rent with an awesome view/area to live. Seattle probably for a little while. I’d love to eventually live somewhere tropical with water that I can see through. Anytime year round just jump off into the ocean (Adrift style, without the dying part of course, spoiler sorry).
  • Just chilling on the bow.
  • Lots of swimming, crabbing and fishing!
Crab pot

Why do you want to live on a sailboat?

Go ahead, write it down. That way the pros beat the cons!

Struggles of Living on a Sailboat

You keep mentioning all these cons, but what are they!?!

Fine, here they are, cons:

  • Maintaining the boat. I hear it takes more time than you’d think.
  • Lack of living space. Sailboats are really small.
  • Slow internet. You can often get Wi-Fi at the moorage, but it probably won’t be very fast. You’ll most likely be using your phones data with hotspot a lot more.
  • You need to get your poop tank emptied weekly. You could do it yourself, but it’s way better to have someone else do it. There are people that do that pump boat poop for a living. Should be around $60 a month, give or take.
  • You’re going to have to tack things down when it rains. Got to keep things dry (as possible, I mean you will live on the water, stuff will get wet).
  • Cost of sailboat, moorage and liveaboard fee. These are not really cons because they are just what comes with the territory, but good to think about none the less.

Which Sailboat Should I Buy?

I have typed this question in to Google countless times.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Just look up used sailboats on Craigslist, or some other used boat site. Look around see what you like and don’t like. Try to find a boat that fits you and your style.
  • There are sailboats made of different materials; fiberglass, steel, wood, aluminum, etc. Fiberglass is probably your best bet (lightweight and inexpensive). But if you’re in a hot climate you might want to consider wood (wood is hard to maintain in cold wet climates). Steel is cool too, I just like the thought of having a steel boat. They all work, just ask yourself, what material do I want?
  • Try buying a boat that already has the extras you want (e.g. VacuFlush toilet system, solar panels, BBQ grill, etc.) It’s usually cheaper that way.

Tip: When looking for a boat/moorage… You can often find the boat you want, at the moorage you want, no transfer needed.


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