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What To Look For When Browsing Live-aboard Yachts For Sale

By Emilie Barland | Posted On Feb 08, 2017
Updated On Feb 25, 2019

Yachting is not a singular lifestyle. While the rich and famous may enjoy a chartered trip to Monte Carlo, countless others aspire to a life of owning a boat they can actually live on. When a houseboat is too stationary, you look for livable yachts for sale.

Finding the right model, of course, is absolutely crucial when selecting a liveaboard boat. If you are going to live on a boat, you should give as much thought to the buying process as you would buy a house. That means plenty of research, trips to potential options, and more. But at the same time, it also means knowing exactly what to look for. Keep reading to get an idea of the features that matter, along with some options that may just be perfect for you.

Know Your Needs

First, and most importantly: before even starting your search for the right yacht, you have to know exactly what you’re looking for. A boat that will be contained to a large lake or singular dock, with only day trips in its future, will look very different than one that actually travels between different ports.

Imagine your future on the yacht. Who lives with you, who visits, and where do you go? Those three questions alone can help you narrow your search significantly.

Understand the Liveable Space

Next, consider how much space you will have and need on your yacht. That question goes beyond the number of beds, and to the kitchen and living room space.

Depending on the climate in which the yacht will be, you also have to consider whether or not you need indoor or outdoor living space. Put simply, a large outdoor deck with a small interior living space will matter little in rainy Seattle weather.

Turn-Key or Fixer Upper?

Live-aboard yachts can come new or used, furnished or gutted. Each variable comes with its own benefits and disadvantages, but chances are only one of them matches what you’re actually looking for.

Do you want the yacht completely done and furnished by the time you buy it, or as a blank slate that you can customize to your specific needs? Many people choose the latter, but only if you have the time and budget to actually get to work before moving in.

The Importance of Power Sources and Supply

It may seem too obvious to even ask, but you have to consider the way in which power is generated and connects to your yacht. From operating the stove and refrigerator to simply having warm water for a shower, you need to make sure that all the necessities are taken care off by the time you move in.

Battery vs. electric vs. gas, for instance, becomes especially important as you consider longer trips away from shore. Without the basic necessities, you won’t enjoy your new yacht home nearly as much as you should, so it makes sense to inform yourself as early as possible.

A Sample of Options For Your Consideration

With the above variables in mind, it’s time to start browsing. Here, your options are almost endless and depend almost entirely on your budget and preferences.

On our website alone, we showcase yachts from brands including HatterasViking, Sea Ray, Azimut, Broward, Marlow, Tiara, and Wesport. Prices range from under $200,000 all the way to well over $1 million. 

Given the above variables, you probably have plenty to think about. We’d love to help. Contact us to learn more about our yachts for sale, and get advice on the perfect boat to make your dreams of living on a boat come true.

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