Originally Posted by watersofdiego
What do you guys think is the best sailboat for living aboard from this list of sailboats......
- 34 ft 1969 Cal
- 34 ft 1974 Columbia MKII
- 31 ft 1965 Columbia
- 30 ft 1975 C&c 1/2 ton
- 30 ft 1974 Cal 3
- 30 ft 1979 Catalina
- 30 ft 1975 Clipper Marine
- 30 ft 1981 Olson
- 29 ft 1977 C&c
- 28 ft 1977 Islander
- 28 ft 1975 Newport
- 27 ft 1964 American Marine Shaw
- 27 ft 1981 Catalina
- 27 ft 1975 Catalina
- 27 ft 1971 Ericson
- 27 ft 1982 Newport SII
What boat would you take for living on?
How many people, what will your home waters be? Do you intend to cruise
, and if so, will it be coastal cruising or bluewater?
If you're going to do bluewater sailing, the sailing attributes HAVE to be your first concern. If you're going to be a coastal cruiser, then you can give your creature comforts at least equal emphasis.
I wanted a *fast* coastal cruiser. I chose a 31' tall rig Hunter
. But she is most definitely a coastal cruiser. The more "coastal" your boat is, the higher your skills must (must) be if you plan to do long-distance cruising.
Also, the further you're going to venture from coastal cruising, the more you have to look at the safety equipment
aboard -- radar
, life raft, water
maker, etc. (for the impulsive critics here, that's not intended to be a full or complete list ...)
All sailboats are compromises. My boat creates extra living space in two ways. First, the relatively high freeboard gives you more "head space." For me, it feels a lot like a standard room when I'm sitting. It's an optical illusion, but who cares? What matters is that it's comfortable below.
Second, they provided extended cabin
space by shortening the cockpit
. That's more feasible because it has a wheel
and not a tiller. A wheel
is also less physically tiring than a tiller, and very amenable to auto-pilots.
is a split T arrangement, which means there are no benches long enough to even stretch out on, NOT a good thing for a live-aboard. A friend who cruised with me is allergic to cats. I kept the cat below and he built a little stool to fill in one of the split spots, and then there was room for him to stretch out. I sleep in the cockpit myself sometimes by putting a piece of memory foam down. It's actually extremely comfortable.
Don't start with a list of boats. Start with a list of what you want from your boat. You want more than living space, or you'd be looking at apartments or condos. So what are the boat traits you want?