There are many types of boats in all sizes and shapes that can make a good liveaboard home.  

People have been known to live aboard almost anything that floats including rafts.  

The allure of life afloat is thousands of years old.

These days most people consider living aboard a power boat, a sail boat, a trawler, a motor sailer or a houseboat with or without an engine.

Here's some information for potential liveboards in all of these categories.


Of all the types of liveaboard boats, power boats give you the most living space per foot of boat length.  They have a lot of space above the waterline which means good news for headroom and storage space.

Displacement cruiser in Fort LauderdaleDisplacement Cruiser, Fort Lauderdale

Read more about Liveaboard Power Boats


I have loved sailing since my boyhood days and would live on a sailboat no matter its disadvantages.  I just feel right aboard a sailing vessel.  If you like sailboats too, you have a lot of choices.

Cutter Rigged Sailboat, Pier 66, Fort LauderdaleCutter Rigged Sailboat, Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale

Learn more about Monohull Sailboats.


Multihulls include catamarans (two hulls) and trimarans (three hulls).  The advantage to these boats are shallow draft, speed underway and a lot of liveaboard space.  You have almost twice as much space as a monohull.

Read more about Multihull Sailboats.


A trawler is a power boat with a displacement hull that is designed for long economical voyages under power at something less than theoretical hull speed.  Sometimes the trawler will have a steadying sail to help it withstand rolling motion while underway.  

Trawler at Burnt Store Marina, Punta Gorda, FloridaTrawler at Burnt Store Marina, Punta Gorda, Florida

Read more about Trawlers.


These are usually boats with a flat bottom and a large house that occupies most of the deck.  They are usually designed for calmer waters like rivers or some lakes.  The photo below is from the Gibson Boat Company website.  

Gibson HouseboatGibson Houseboat

Read more Houseboats.


A motorsailer is designed to be a better performer under power than the average sailboat of equal length.  By the nature of their design, they are usually a bit slower under sail than the average sailboat of equal length.  It is one of the types of liveaboard boats that can satisfy both sailors and power boat fans.

Island Trader Motorsailer at Burnt Store MarinaIsland Trader Motorsailer at Burnt Store Marina

Many motorsailers have a lot more space than a sailboat because of the typically large deckhouse and hull shape.




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