Is living on a boat your Ideal? We break down the pros and cons.

Imagine yourself sitting on a boat gazing out at the sea with a cup of coffee and watching the sunrise. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Now imagine if you could experience this every single day.

Living on a boat comes with the ability to better connect with the sea, nature, and yourself.

Life on a boat is like having your own portable private retreat that you can take anywhere you’d like and one that has a stunning view no matter where you travel with it. Your mind will instantly clear itself of any negative thoughts and you’ll sail away without a care in the world. It can be a little tricky sometimes, but it’s well worth the effort.

Pros Before Cons

Living on a boat comes with plenty of perks, one of the top being that it’s a tranquil and almost ethereal experience. You and the sea – that’s it.

There are no loud neighbors or having to worry about mowing the grass.

It’s just you drifting along in the sea and the only sounds you’ll be hearing are the waves roaring by and seabirds crying out to each other.

The views alone from living on a boat should be enough for anyone to drop what they’re doing and set sail on a new adventure with one of these vessels. You’ll be able to gaze at the ever-changing scenery of the sea, dazzling sunrises and sunsets, and maybe even some friendly sea creatures who are curious to find out more about you.

If you’re seeking something new and bold to try or just have an adventurous spirit, living on a boat is a great thing to add to your list. You’ll be able to learn how to sail, tie tricky nautical ropes, and discover what terms like “jibbing” and “windward” mean.

The Not-So-Nice Aspects

While living on a boat is an absolute dream for many, it can sometimes have a few downsides. First and foremost, it can be a little expensive.

Boat maintenance can be costly, especially if you have to replace the engine or other vital parts of it.

There’s also the problem of leaks and mildew which are some of the most predominant problems anyone who owns a boat will come across. You must have extra inspections to check for these issues before taking your boat out which can take some time but it ensures that you’ll have a safe trip.

Boats can also be very small. If you want space and privacy, life on a boat is nice for a few days, but you might start to find yourself going a little stir crazy if you’re not fully prepared for the limited room available.

A major thing to consider: Storms.

Lighting is common and being out in the middle of the water during a storm can be very dangerous. Waves and wind can also be trying.

While for some this might be thrilling, for many, it can be a little scary.

Living on a boat can be a stunning adventure for anyone to try. While it can have a few downsides, it’s one of the best ways to help you to not only better relax, but become more connected with nature and the powerful sea.

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RACHEL KESTER is a Journalism major who lives in Virginia. She loves spending her summers at the beach and capturing its natural beauty through photographs. She blogs at Musings of a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile.

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