In the main cabin there is a proper galley, with a sink, a stove and a bar fridge tucked away under the stern deck. Now the 2.5m beam allows for passage in protected conditions and allows for stress free trailering.
Another less refined craft, but something that can be made very quickly, in fact it is just a barge, are the triloboats as seen HERE. Now when thought is given to the above design, it can be seen that constricting the width to 8.5ft for the most arbitary reasons is pretty silly. If the idea is to make the craft more 'liveaboard houseboat' like and less a true sailing craft, then the following changes could be made. The broad rear and bow transoms would not produce a craft well suited for long ocean passages, however they give a lot of interior space for a 26ft craft. This Garvey Houseboat I found when I was looking at the absolute best website devoted to houseboats that I know. Below looks like a modified fishing boat that has been converted to a pleasure cruiser, looks extremely sound. It’s mostly men who live aboard boats, and many of them assume they can start small, say a 27 footer.
If money were not an issue for me (I wish that was a reality!) my ideal liveaboard boat would be a comfortable cruiser, both when just living on it and then sailing on it. Yes to the sardine stove idea, they’re adorable to boot, and they put out a lot of BTUs. Found your comment interesting about a CAL 25 currently being your home sweet home on the water (anyway back in 2012 when you wrote this post). I think sailing from Canada would be great there are plenty of safe places you can duck in out of harms way and catch up on sleep. Im from BC also, and planning on having my home away from home on the coast of Van or the Island. I keep looking at larger boats, then realize how much more money they require, from mooring to maintenance, to insuring, to hauling – every thing.
Well, another possibility, which will probably get me permanently banned from this site, is to live aboard a power boat, and sail a nice dingy. Now, you might say I cheated a bit as I had a storage area I rented to keep family things I didn’t want to get rid of. I guess the reason I am chiming in now is sort of in defense of an Islander 30 as a livaboard. What I’d like to know more since I’m talking lady to lady here is, when and where did you learn to sail?
And what would you recommend to a woman starting out looking for a really good price on a boat that has as much comf. I know you speak of your experience of sailboats bit would you of considered a power yacht if you could afford it or work it in your budget? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This WebsiteThe written content found on this website is copyrighted to Courtney Kirchoff and shall not be copied or plagiarized without incurring her wrath. NiA±a is purpose built for tropical living with constant flow thru ventilation to all the cabins and a unique cabriolet sliding roof in the saloon.
Two Spacous doubles and two comfortable singles with the option of a saloon ( double berth conversion).
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Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and colleagues that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast. Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. This gives the craft the means to survive rougher conditions that some craft, but it is not ocean capable. He has been able to use the greater beam to push the galley up forward and free up the aft part of the interior into one reasonably large open space. It could prove to be an excellent small liveaboard craft, without the expensive refinement of a sailing yacht or a classy motor yacht. Overall dimensions come out roughly similar, with the exception that the Dutch Barges tend to be longer. Not as good a cruising boat as a pure motor boat, but a simple easy to make houseboat, with ability to handle conditions a bit rougher than a typical houseboat.

That website is SHANTYBOAT LIVING It is truly excellent and I cant recall exactly where on that site I saw this boat, but it is there. Many also say they can give up their home for a small boat, a 26 to 30 footer, no problemo. You can also invert your battery power to AC with the aid of an inverter, but you’ll need to charge up your batteries. As for the showers, ideally I’d have a water heater, but using the shower would be rare, say after a busy, hot sailing day. We have been living aboard and sailing around the world for the last five years so every little luxury and bit of space help. Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! Space has been provided for the neccessities, such as a sealed off bedroom with a double berth, with space for clothes and accessories, and space to stand up and get dressed in privacy if need be.
The bow is of the scow type so as to reduce lenght overall, thus reducing marina fees and making road transport easier.
However it should be able to travel from one protected area to another within a given weather window. If trailering beam were not an issue, the natural beam of this craft would I think be a fraction greater, perhaps 9.5ft allowing for greater space and stability.
After the above sketches were drawn, I discovered the following craft, the Tad Roberts 26ft Sailing Scow. It is unsure from the picture if there has been space allocated for a shower, it could possibly be located near the head.
The top structure could well be built lighter as it would not need to withstand the forces of rigging.
Note that under the floor there is space for gravel ballast, fresh water tanks and waste water tanks.
When looking for my second boat, I thought about what was more important to me: comfort or performance. When I was searching for liveaboard boats last year, even a 32 footer seemed enormous compared to a 30. You already had TMI, so I will add to that: ladies, if you are between 12 and 50, you may want to consider your hygiene problems once a month. I figured since you have already done what I plan on doing to a certain extent that you would have some insight from the others you’ve seen on the water. Width is kept at the legal maximum of 2.5m to assist in road transport without complication. Effort has been made to reduce windage by means of sloping the topsides and curving the cabin sides, cabin top junction. Stability is something that feels right in terms of gut feeling, but should perhaps benefit from proper metacenter calculations.
It could be argued that travel in exposed areas would be a relatively rare occurence, and preparation of a few hours work to achieve this could be justifed given the extra freedom of movement that such a change could bring. It would only be suitable for protected areas but given that proviso it seems a very nice craft indeed. His displacement of approx 5 tonnes sits well with my guestimate of 4 tonnes, for a craft that is a fraction shorter and a lot narrower. We can add a chine to the hullshape, the chine not being needed to dig into the water to create lateral resistance when heeling. Also note the slot in the roof for ventilation (I guess fresh air is nice when its too hot). What I liked was how they went through the figures, and on how a simple yet spacious houseboat can be built for much less cost than a house (20k in 1989 dollars) and registration and mooring fees can be amazingly affordable. We’re used to flipping switches and having the lights turn on, used to plopping down in front of the TV at night and controlling it with a remote, used to abundant closet space and running hot water. It can be, depending upon how much you’re willing to work and spend, the best of both worlds. I can promise you, regardless of how tall or wide you are, you have much more crap than you think you do, and the boat has its needs as well: spare parts and tools, oil, jerry cans, sails, and other paraphernalia. What I loved most about the Union 36 I saw was how much space it offered, because of the tank location. If I get home late and need to charge the batteries, I opt to run the diesel, thus keeping it quieter for my neighbors.
I put in a block of ice every few days to keep things cold, and it does a decent job of it, but the block of ice commandeers a lot of space. The Union 36 I put an offer on had a shower, and I could see how handy it would be to have, especially after a few days of sailing to locations without public showers.

If I wanted to race, I’d crew for someone else (a plan that is already in the works).
The solution I see is removable lightweight sponsons that increase beam without unduly raising the center of gravity.
The scow layout reduces overall length for a given size, and thus reducing any marina fees which are based on length.
Note that the extra space in the stern allows for an engine to be located (it has to go somewhere).
Moving out of those conveniences takes adjusting, and though you might think that you can live without modern niceities, you may want to think again. Since you, like me, probably grew up in a house or apartment, you’re used to having space for your stuff. Yes, deck showers can be nice, too, but as a girl living in the PNW, less of a practical option. The concept is that the craft would usually remain in the one place, but it has enough inherent seaworthiness to handle short coastal passages.
The Joli boat is lighter and simpler, but would be restriced to the areas it could traverse due to its flat bottom and low freeboard at the bow. Such sponsons, similar to the conformal fuel tanks on some fighter jets would fit flush with the hull and have tapered ends so as to be less affected by waves.
We can raise the roofline a few inches to increase comfort, and without having to worry about the overturning forces of a large sail rig.
The blunt bow would be no fun going into a steep chop of moderate size, however the hullshape would comfortably cope with coastal passages, allowing for relocation of home base, when the time comes. How nice it would’ve been to roll out the canvas during winter time and sit in the cockpit and watch the icky weather, all while feeling comfortable and cozy, sipping coffee. Refers on boats are power thirsty, but it may be something, if you live aboard all year round through distinct seasons, that you may want to consider. A comfortable liveaboard cruiser, most likely, wouldn’t be as fun to sail as my Islander 30.
All brand new and shiny, lots of white, even all the upholstery… On day 2, red letter day.
Note that to get to the bow you have to walk above the roof, so a narrow walkway between front deck and aft deck via cabin top would be needed. When I have to run the generator, I try to escape the noise through various distractions, and find it difficult to get work done. But pressure water is a land nicety, and when heated, can make living aboard seem less like camping. Plenty of storage space in the head area is also important, for all the grooming and cleaning neccessitites.
Oh sure, there are exceptions, but the ideal liveaboard for me is a 36-40 foot cruiser, not a racing boat. An inbuilt diesel of 25hp woul be the main driver with a small auxillary outboard of 15hp in case of emergencies. But I found that a Baba 30 had plenty of space as well, and a navigation station to starboard (a perfect work station when not sailing). Then, once the batteries are topped off, I find I try to limit the use of power, so I dont’ have to run the generator again.
Whichever it was, I’d trick the boat out to have a lot of power options, would have a shower, a ton of storage space, functional galley.
I am not someone who has a couple of days of spotting, I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother and it’s a whole week of the full shebang. Anyways, I find living on a boat brings me closer to nature in many ways, and these changes have made me feel so much better because I am not creating garbage every month with sanitary products, its all around a more comfortable way of dealing with the situation and more eco friendly. After a year of living aboard, I know that essentially what I want is a small, floating house, not a camper shell.
I eventually left the boat on day 3 and returned home where I have space, a bathtub and moveable shower head, and am able to use toilet paper (also, where a leak won’t have me either run out of clothes or ruin the upholstery!). Whatever your boat has, or will have, one way or another, you’re not flushing it away to a sewer system.
It was simply not possible to manage this time of the month on that boat, much to my chagrin (I had to leave my husband and good friends to get on with it – can you imagine how embarrassed I was??).
If you can clean your own poo and live to tell about it, your plumbing is the least of your problems.

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