I never imagined that I’d live on a boat. All but the largest of yachts seemed liked they’d be cramped and salty, without any of the amenities that you expect to have in a house or apartment. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Living onboard a ~50 foot motor yacht has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It changes the way you interact with your living space in a positive way. Yacht living positions you at the crux of minimalism and luxury, and it does so in a much more fun way than living on land ever could. Prioritizing possessions is a must; only the essential clothes, tools, and toys can fit. There are no walk-in closets on the yacht (unless you have an obscenely large one). Living without all the extra clutter is worth only having easy access to some of your stuff.
However, the liveaboard lifestyle isn’t just about streamlining your material possessions. Doing that allows you to live in a place where adventure lies just outside the marina, where you can fall asleep to the sound of the water lapping against the hull, where you can enjoy a drink while fishing off the bow. On the weekend it’s simple to cast off and cruise around the bay or anchor in the ocean, allowing you to swim, fish, dive, or just take in the sun and the sea breeze. What landlocked homeowner could say that he took his home out on the water for the day?
Oceanfront property costs a premium, but living on the water is an achievable, and in my opinion much more fun, option for the aquatic soul. If you truly love the water, the liveaboard lifestyle is for you.