A yacht like home: pros, cons, «pitfalls.»
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A yacht like home: pros, cons, «pitfalls.»

Is life on a yacht deprivation or freedom?
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At solar-investment.us there was a curious discussion about life on a 40+ yacht. A user of Alloy Boy wondered what it would be like to move from apartment to small boat:

«All day long I see boats from my office window, and I think life on them runs so peacefully.
" he writes. - Is there really nowhere to turn, as I think (if you live alone)? How quickly do they devalue? A quick search shows that a «forty-footer» is comparable in price to an apartment or small house, but what are the advantages of living on a yacht (except mobility)?».

Here are the answers he got:


"It's a very relaxed life and quite comfortable, but it depends on your needs and desires. By the way, in most places you will pay much less for a 40-foot yacht than for an apartment.

Living on a boat wasn't for everyone. It can be pleasant and relaxing, but to make it that way, you'd have to get excited. If it's possible to live on a boat without buying it, it's worth it.

You must take care of fresh water and empty the waste tank. You have to run ashore for water, sometimes to the marina. Water can be delivered to the boat somewhere, but experience tells me this is more of an exception. Personally, I wasn't so lucky. When my husband and I stood in the same place for a long time, we had to capture 20 liters of water each time we went ashore.

Do you need electricity? If so, think about wind generators or solar panels - it all depends on where you live. Refrigerator? The most energy-hungry appliance on a yacht. There are less gluttonous ones, but they'll cost you a fortune. You want to have a hot shower on the boat? Think about whether the heat in your area is enough to cost you a «summer shower every day» or whether you should buy a water heater.

What about cooking? If you have a gas stove, especially a Force 10, two burners and an oven, that's great, someone complements it with a barbecue grill in the cockpit. With a gas stove you should have a gas sensor in the cabin in case of a leak, the gas could accumulate at the bottom of the boat, causing an explosion.

If you're anchored, you'll have to drive a dinghy every day to the shore. Make sure it's not stolen. Any transport ashore? All the better, you won't have to carry laundry, groceries, etc. on your hump. You work every day? Keep in mind that there will be days when it will be difficult to get to the shore on your dinghy.

Want a TV and internet on board? We used to use mobile internet. Sometimes we were lucky to get an unsteamed wi-fi. A sufficiently high mounted antenna will provide free TV channels. Naturally, the picture quality will «limp» when the boat is moving.

Again, depending on the region, the clothes may suffer from moisture and mold. To avoid this, we hid everything in airtight bags.

There are those who prefer to rent marina seats, they live on board and get most of the amenities of a normal home. But not all marinas allow it.

I would repeat my experience if the opportunity were given and if there was the right person nearby.


"Thinking about it myself. I've been swimming for years, my pension is coming, and the prospect of having a second home attracts. If you're working, you probably don't want that kind of radical change.

If you're not afraid of life in the doghouse, go ahead. On a yacht standing in the marina, you will get the following: long walks to and from the car with shopping, daily trips to the showers in the marina (a draining bank will save the situation, but you will not be able to empty it in the marina, and you will not be able to pay the weekly overhead) or you can go out to sea every week to empty it there.

I strongly recommend a light (or white) interior. The dark tree is depressed during the winter months. In addition, you may suffer from claustrophobia in winter. That's why for those who plan to live on a boat, I advise not to save space. The more space you have, the better your mental health.

In many ways, it's like living in a caravan... with the possibility of drowning."


No washer/dryer. «Water interruptions». With cabinets and cooking, everything is modest. Beds leave much to be desired. Shower from the boxes. Raw all year round. The smell of gasoline, if you have a motor. Knocking on the marina, even if the boat's tied up. A lot of boats don't have heaters, all the boats I've been on don't have air conditioning. At best, you'll just be cramped. Entertainment is tight. It's almost impossible to get a pet. Straighten up to full height? Forget it.

It's true, of course, but I'd like to live on a boat myself - but only on a long journey, not hang out at the marina and go to work back and forth. Maybe live in the Caribbean in winter and go to Maine in summer? I'd also like to go from North America to Europe. It's a different life!

Think about it this way: having a boat as a home is like having a motorcycle for all

occasions. It sounds romantic, but how convenient is it in practice?

william g

You don't have to stay where you don't want to, you're literally and figuratively «captain of your ship», and no one will argue with that.

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