Yes, you can live on a sailboat! Some live on sailboats temporarily for weekend adventures or extended vacations. And, some adventurous folks live year-round on their sailboats. Life Of Sailing even estimates that there are between 50,000 and 100,000 people worldwide living on them.Some areas don’t allow full-time living in sailboats. So make sure that there are no legal restrictions to doing so if you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time in a slip or at a marina.
Life on a sailboat can be very hard, especially at first. No matter how small of a residence you’re downsizing from, it’s likely that the sailboat is much smaller.Being confined to such a tiny space can be a bit overwhelming. Multiple people living on a boat can strain even the strongest of relationships.
You’ll want a 35-foot to 45-foot boat, but at least a boat 30 ft long if you plan to live on it. You may be able to get by with a smaller boat if you’re traveling solo. If you’re traveling with a partner, you’ll want a bit of extra space.You also have to consider what amenities or gear you’ll bring with you. If you want a boat with a washing machine or even a freezer, you’ll need to look at longer boats.