Lagoon sailboat at anchor

What to Expect as a Liveaboard Cruiser

How to Cruise Full-Time

From buying a boat to the cost of cruising, you’ll find everything in this guide to get started living on the water.

Setting your sights on cruising often leads to daydreams of sundowners while anchored in the most beautiful locations. But to reap these rewards, there are obstacles to overcome and skills to master.

A lot of research and planning will go into your dream to cruise. You’ll need to tackle many things, some for the first time.

  • Downsizing your stuff and possibly selling your home
  • Saving money for the cruising kitty
  • Learning about navigation and weather
  • Understanding mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other systems
  • Learning everything you can about everyday life on a boat

We’ll talk about the above and other unexpected realities of living aboard and transitioning from land to a cruising lifestyle.


Getting Ready to Cruise

Browse guides for getting started living on a boat.


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For tips on boat gear, cooking onboard, cruising full-time, and more – check out our full guide.