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Is living in a boat the right lifestyle for you?

Have you ever imagined living in your sailboat? Not as a hobby or a vacation plan, but as your daily life. You've probably heard about people who live a salt-water life, someone who decided to retire from the corporate rat race and live aboard in a Catamaran. Someone who decided to live everyday with nature, accessible fresh food and a quiet and comfortable life.

If you have decided to become this someone then we have the top 10 tips from David Langloiss for you. David Langloiss is a true life-aboard advocate and a MAURIPRO brand ambassador, in 2014 he quit his job and sold everything he had for this life-aboard experience. For seven years, he has explored the Caribbean and has called the Bahamas his home.

TOP 10 TIPS:

Have you ever imagined living in your sailboat? Not as a hobby or a vacation plan, but as your daily life. You've probably heard about people who live a salt-water life, someone who decided to retire from the corporate rat race and live aboard in a Catamaran. Someone who decided to live everyday with nature, accessible fresh food and a quiet and comfortable life.

  1. You can’t have expectations of control, be ready to go with the flow and adapt whenever necessary.

  2. Be ready to live a minimalistic lifestyle. There will be times where you go with limited access to clothing, toys and even tools.

  3. Learn how to clear your mind and be in the present and aware. If you are not focusing in the moment things in sea can turn bad quickly.

  4. Live your life for yourself and not for someone else. This lifestyle is challenging in the beginning but worth it in the end, stay focused on you.

  5. Learn how to do a “Proper Provisioning” you can’t do your grocery shopping every single day, preparedness is key. Learn how to catch your own fish and know what type of fish you can actually eat.

  6. Be ready to do laundry in a bucket or be prepared to wait until you find a Laundromat when you’re back on land. Your old washer and dryer are a luxury that are not made for this new life.

  7. Get comfortable with the roll out of bed look. Access and use of beauty products and tools will be limited and once you catch on to that “sea salt look” you won’t want to go back.

  8. Learn how to be sustainable with your resources, save water in any way you can. Don’t expect to have a long and hot shower every day.

  9. Get creative with your workouts, staying fit is apart of enjoying the everyday life style and you won’t have regular access to the gym.

  10. Trust yourself. You are capable of anything so become a jack of all trades. No one will come to you aide during a crisis in the middle of the ocean but you can handle it if you’re prepared.
“You have to learn to leave your life for yourself and not for someone else. This song is easy but it’s hard at the beginning.”
– David Langloiss

If these tips still have you undecided on whether this journey is right for you then read some of the pros and cons to help you in your final decision.

PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN A BOAT:

PROS:

- A Relaxed Lifestyle: Life on the water is casual and far away from a fast-paced life. You live simple and in the present, a non-materialistic life. The sense of freedom and embracing of nature are just the beginning. Many everyday activities, like cooking, become simplified.

- Healthier, More Active Way of Life: Your fitness levels will improve in no time. Being active is part of this life. This includes cleaning and maintenance, long walks to the nearest town, walking in nature, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.

- A Lower Cost of Living: Many people associate living on a boat with wealth and prestige, but this is not necessarily true. Living on a boat is often cheaper than traditional housing. This does depend on many factors such as the boat type and size but you can put together a budget and get going!

- A Deep Sense of Community and Safety: Boating communities are a strong and tight-knit family. A problem shared is a problem halved in the water community, you will not only learn from your neighbors but become close to them.

- A Connection to Nature: You will be closer to nature by just waking up in the morning with the music of birds and ocean waves as your alarm clock. Your neighborhood won’t be filled with car alarms and fighting neighbors but instead with noise from nearby seals, otters, and seabirds.

CONS:

- A Lack of Space: No matter the boat's size it is never going to have as much space as a traditional house. You will have to deal with small fridges, hanging locker wardrobes, and no personal washing machine. Being tidy is the key and if you want to live with someone, make sure you really like the person because you will be tested. Don’t let size affect you too much, there are more spacious residential boats to consider, such as houseboats, trawlers, and barges that offer much more beam and space for their length.

- Bad Weather, Bugs and Wildlife: You already know that nature will be a big part of your boat life. However, some other nature visitors can include insects, spiders, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and even rats. Thunderstorm or cold winters can be difficult too, but all of this can be alleviated with proper preparedness.

- Other People’s Perceptions: You will notice many people won’t understand or accept the new life you have chosen. Some people will be envious and ridicule you as a result, or they will be prejudice against you and call you a bohemian with no sense of responsibility. But you will know this isn’t true, there is work that goes into this lifestyle. Some ordinary tasks can become difficult like access to the right phone plan and coverage or even voting, which can be tricky if you don’t have a fixed address. The good news is many boaters don’t choose this type of living based on what others think, so feeling secure about your choice will depend on you!

- Maintenance: It’s a fact that every boat requires ongoing maintenance; you cannot escape from that. Learning to do a lot of the work yourself will be part of the experience. Fortunately, you can learn and get some technical support on our website and other online platforms. Our website can also provide you with high-quality sailing equipment, sailing hardware, or comfortable gear which will ease your overall experience.

It is easy to romanticize the idea of living in a sailboat but with these considerations you can have a bigger picture of that lifestyle and make the right decision for you. So are you ready for your adventure? Take a look at our international sailing store!

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