How to Buy a Liveaboard Boat


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Do you dream of living on a boat? Do you know which boat to choose? This guide will provide no magic answers, but it will help you narrow the search to make that momentous decision. We walk you through practical considerations like hull construction, new or secondhand, how big, catamaran or mono and boat-buying expectations. It is illustrated with sketches, inspirational quotes and some snippets from our own story.

Do your research. Take your time. Be ready to compromise. Then you will find the boat that sings to you.

Why this guide?
Do your research
Bluewater vs lightweight?
Which construction material?
New vs secondhand
Does size matter?
Mono vs cat
The mechanics of boat buying
Hear the boat sing

“A very good, balanced and comprehensive summation. As usual you both inform and entertain.”
– Salty Buster, YouTube

…a must read for anyone contemplating a different lifestyle guided by Neptune. Leave a copy on the coffee table, say nothing… have it open on a page with a beautiful photograph from Jamie…. when it catches your reluctant sailing partner’s eyes….half the work will be done!
– Ben, Amazon Review

“As always, great info in an easy to swallow format!”
– Paul and Carolyn Harmsworth, Patreon

Liz writes for a number of print publications including Yachting Monthly and Sailing Today. Jamie is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and is LRPS accredited. Their home is SY Esper, an Oyster 435 cutter-rigged ketch built in 1989. They picked up Millie-the-cat in Turkey, then sailed through the Red Sea, stopping in Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen and Oman before heading to India, Maldives, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
They upload weekly episodes to their popular sailing channel, followtheboat, in which they tell it like it is and are not afraid to show the less glamorous side of cruising. Their videos have helped inspire many wannabe-liveaboards to make the leap.