Video How to Live On A Sailboat and Travel the World (1 Viewer)


Mar 4, 2015
I recently met a couple who had just embarked on becoming full time "liveaboards." I joined them for a few days on their sailboat. Here is some insight on how to take the steps to this lifestyle from their perspective.

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Feb 22, 2011
VA for now
They seem like nice people. I bet it would be fun to hang out with those folks. I disagree with the getting lessons bit tho, you can buy a small boat for less then lessons will set you back, and unless you have sailing experience you have no idea what the correct boat for your needs will be until you live on one for a while. I think if you are a beginner, you are better off buying a small livable boat for less then $3k, 26 ft or less, living on it for a year or so, and learn to sail. A boat this size is going to be easy to manhandle if you mess up, and will be a lot more forgiving of mistakes for a newb. Just over insure it, so if you sink it some how you will make out good. (I am still yet to meet someone who sunk a boat for anything other then self admitted blatant stupidity/ alcohol.) The advantage of doing it this way is you learn how to fix things yourself since they are small and manageable, and every boat is a project regardless how much you buy it for. I promise you your first boat is very different thing from your ideal boat, and these lessons can only be learned through hard experience, or really fat wallets to compensate for mistakes. Spending a lot of time on the water and on boats will teach you everything you need to know, so your second boat (actual ideal boat) will be worlds different then what you imagined the past year. Plus you will realize the boat market is way over inflated, and a craft is usually worth about half of what the owner is trying to sell it for. If you get to really know boats it will save you a lot of headache and money when you buy your second boat. (bigger and more expensive) Do not get caught in the "Need a bigger boat" trap. One of the lessons time on a boat will teach you is that you truly want the smallest boat you can get away with. As the boat gets bigger, in a linear model, the cost of ownership and maintenance goes up by a multiple of 4. Anything over 30ftish (give or take a bit) starts to run into real money. The cost of rigging for a 30 ft boat vs a 35 ft boat is a separation of thousands of dollars, so it is no joke. Even bottom paint will cost you almost twice as much on a 35 ft boat vs a 30 ft boat. Just beware of this. Of course there is a thousand ways to skin a cat, and this is just my opinion.

Matt Derrick

Semi-retired traveler
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Aug 4, 2006
Austin, TX
i'm curious why you decided to disable embedding in other websites? that can seriously hurt the amount of views you get on the video...

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