Have you dreamed of living on a sailboat and having the freedom to explore the open ocean?

Believe it or not, you can make this fantasy a reality. There are lots of different types of sailboats to live on—all at various price points.

If you’re ready to set sail, let’s take a look at a few types of boats you’ll have the opportunity to choose from.

Monohull Sailboat

Monohull sailboat is a classic sailboat that comes in several shapes and sizes. They can be easily more on anchor, but finding a berth is typically straightforward and affordable.

Keep in mind that sailboats lack space, and many smaller, more affordable options, won’t have hot water, showers, or a refrigerator. As you search for your live-on sailboat, keep in mind that prices rise with size.

If you’re dreaming of living on the ocean year-round, consider the cost to live on a sailboat in the Caribbean before you make your final decision.

Multihull Sailboat

If you’ve decided you want more home-like amenities such as a full-size bathroom, kitchen, and extra living space, then consider a catamaran or trimaran.

These multihull sailboats have a bridge between the hulls that creates an above-water living space that is light and airy, as the bedrooms are hidden away in the hulls.

Multihull boats are also more stable than their monohull counterparts.


For long-distance cruising, consider a trawler boat. These are powerboats designed to live on but also go the distance.

Modern trawlers are very different than their commercial fishing boat ancestors—especially the larger models. Many have full-size kitchens, bathrooms with showers, and multi-level living space.


If you’re looking for comfort, elegance, and luxury—and have the wallet for it—consider a superyacht. They offer enough amenities to create a pleasant experience.

They do come with a hefty price tag—a 300-ft superyacht with 50 crew members, and a top speed of 25 knots will set you back $275 million. As most superyachts are over 300 ft, you’ll likely be spending a lot more than that.

This cost doesn’t include maintenance fees and berthing fees. Of course, maybe you’ll get lucky and find a superyacht among used yachts for sale.


In the UK and Europe, where canals are the main arteries weaving through the scenery, narrowboats are the norm so that you can sail through the whole waterways system.

Narrowboats measure around 6 feet 10 inches wide. They are generally made entirely of steel.

Consider how many people will be aboard your boat and how much time you’ll be spending there. If you’re going to fill an extended time living on your boat, you should aim for a boat that is at least 50 feet long.

It’s Time to Buy the Perfect Sailboat

As you consider which type of sailboat you want to live on, don’t forget to factor in all of the costs as you make your decision. You’ll have to consider licenses, moorings, fuel, maintenance, and more.

The costs can add up quickly if you’re not familiar with the expenses associated with boat life.

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