Liveaboard Experience

If you plan on sailing around the world, you’re going to need to master the art of living on a boat. For those who have not lived on a boat, there is a slight learning curve and some lifestyle changes that are required.

I cannot express enough how important it is to live on your boat before you have to live on your boat! What I mean by this is don’t figuratively burn the bridges to your land based living options before you have spent some time gaining live-aboard experience. And don’t go crossing oceans before you have darn near mastered it!

Living aboard is very different from living in a land-based house. Those weekends you spent aboard in your neighboring town, eating at restaurants and sleeping in shore-powered air-conditioned comfort, will do little to prepare you or your boat for the many weeks you will spend at anchor or sea.

No amount of reading books and blogs can give you the knowledge gained from actually spending extended time disconnected from shore. Being self-sufficient takes a lot more than a solar panel or generator.

If you have the time, I would take this process in steps. Start by simply spending a night on the boat. Take some notes during this first night as you begin to find the kinks on your boat. Over time start spending more nights on the boat and less time on land until you are a full time live-aboard.