Do you ever dream of going on a fishing expedition for days at a time?
Have you ever wanted to go out on your boat and just unplug yourself from the work for the weekend?
Do you dream about living on a boat and waking up to the sunrise on the water?
There are plenty of great boats with living quarters out on the market right now. They range in price depending on your needs.
To give you a cross-section of the market, here are a number of different boats with varying prices: from $50,000 to over-$1,000,000.
Let’s get started!
4 Multi-Hull Boats With Great Living Quarters
Multi-hull boats (like catamarans and trimarans) are incredibly stable as they go through the rough sea waters, which helps when it comes to a smooth ride. It helps to have separate living spaces if you take a small family out for a sea-bound vacation.
1) Neel 51 Trimaran ($743,107)
It might seem a bit unfair to start off with a boat of this caliber (and price tag), but it is a shame not to show off one of these fancy vessels.
The Neel Trimaran is one of a kind and comes with some wonderful standards.
This 2-cabin, 2-head trimaran comes with:
- 75 HP engine sail drive
- Alpi interior woodwork
- Interior Silvertex wall lining (Macadamia)
- Interior Silvertew ceiling lining (White)
- Two Pull-out drawer fridges 190L + 92L freezer
- Pressurized hot/cold water
- Foresail halyards with lashing
- Transom ladder
- Stainless Steel windlass
- GRP sandwich infusion
- Light grey gel coat RAL 7047
- Water heater
- 4-burner gas hob & gas oven with grill
- Bow trampolines
- Anchor locker
- Anodized aluminum mast
- Self-tacking jib fitting
- Flooring Bolon Kaise
- Synthetic teak at helm station
2) Sunsail 384 ($349,000)
The 384 was introduced back in 2009 and is built by South African-based Robertson & Caine. It is a midsize cruising catamaran with a spacious interior, innovative storage solution, and an impressive performance.
Designer Gino Morelli was determined to sculpt the hull shapes in order to ensure it cut through the rough sea waters like butter.
Some of the standards include:
- Composite construction hulls (cored with balsa and E-glass stitched fabrics)
- Comfortable help chairs
- Bulkhead-mounted steering systems
- Jammers positions above the winches
- Electronics and engine controls mounted on bulkhead panels
- Hardtop bimini
- Spacious cockpit
- Motor-powered stainless steel dinghy davits
3) Lagoon 380 ($399,824)
The Lagoon 380 is a beautiful boat and is known as one of the most successful cruising catamaran designs of all time. It is easy to maneuver, safe, fast, and has had more than 700 boats delivered since it’s release.
Their deck layouts are simple and efficient. The cockpit is a gorgeous outdoor lounge. And the beauty doesn’t stop below-deck, with saloons and cabins that are bathed in natural light from the plentiful windows.
It comes with a number of great standard amenities including:
- 3 cabins (two queen cabins and a double)
- Electric fans in each room to help with airflow
- 2 Showers: Hot & Cold internal in heads and 1 x Hot & Cold in the cockpit.
- Toilet: 2 x Electric (both with holding tanks).
- Air conditioner
- Entertainment : CD/ Radio LCD/ LED
- Double stainless steel sink.
- Stainless Steel Microwave.
- Front opening 12V fridge in galley
- 100 ltr EVAKOOL Fridge Freezer in Cockpit.
- Stove : 3 burner gas stove and oven.
- Water Maker: Stella 160 liters per hour/self-flushing.
- Hot Water System: 240 V and heat exchange – (40 liters).
4) Newick Custom 51 Trimaran (used $115,000)
The price tags in this section are quite hefty but, if you’re looking for something a bit more cost-effective, you can look into a few used boats.
The Newick 51 Trimaran is a great example of a boat that stands the test of time because of it’s beautiful, classic aesthetics and strong build.
2 Center Consoles with Living Quarters
For those of you who are dedicated anglers and family-oriented, or for those of you who are dedicated boaters, who like to fish, center consoles with cabins are the perfect boats.
5) Scout 350 LXF (used $349,000)
Scout is known for making high-performance fishing boats. So if you’re looking for a fishing boat you can live on, without compromising on performance, the 350 LXF is the boat for you.
You can quickly get to your favorite fishing spot with the triple engines. Then, when you get there, you’ll be able to fish in style with it’s:
- Tackle drawers
- Live well (beneath an aft-facing seat)
- Molded-in cabinet for gaff storage
- In-deck fish boxes
- 60-gallon transom fish box (or live well)
- Transom door
- Vertical rod storage
- Horizontal rod storage
But when it’s time to bed down for the night, you can get comfortable in the 6’ tall cabin and the 73 1/2 inch double berth.
In addition to all that space, it also boasts a number of amenities, including:
- Corian countertop
- Marine head
- Stainless steel sink
- Pullout showerhead
- Corian vanity
- Another fold-down Corian tabletop
- Air conditioning
Just to name a few.
6) Grady-White Canyon 376 (used $409,900)
The 376 is the flagship for the Grady-White Canyon line of boats. It is a broad boat with a beam of over 13 feet which means that the cabin is quite spacious and expansive.
If you ever wanted to feel like you were in a movie, just press a button in the berth to change a backrest in the settee to an 80 x 62-inch bed.
It also comes with:
- Pullout showerhead
- “hidden” head
- Stainless steel refrigerator
- Large storage area
- Vertical rod storage
- Cherry cabinetry
- Flat-screen TV
- Air conditioning
- Bow table
5 Cuddy Boats with Living Quarters
The great thing about cuddy boats is that they combine the versatility of a runabout or a cruiser with the agility of a bowrider.
This makes cuddy boats great for families as well as a bachelor(ette). Anyone can enjoy these multifunctional vessels.
7-11) The Bayliner Overnighter Series
There are five lines of boats in this series:
- The VR5 Cuddy ($54,614)
- The VR6 Cuddy ($33,299)
- 742 Cuddy (used $42,524)
- Ciera 8 Sport ($121,439)
- Ciera 8 ($32,374)
While all five have their own separate features, they do have a number of things in common. With the well-known Bayliner name, they are all reliable, versatile, and comfortable.
They have plenty of storage capacity, power, and a V-berth cabin to sleep at least two people.
The Overnighter series is great for a weekend getaway or a camping trip.
2 Great Trawlers with Living Quarters
These days, trawlers are some of the most luxurious boats out there, save for superyachts. While they started off being converted fishing boats, oceangoing trawlers are much different now. They’re still as efficient, flexible, and near-universal (in terms of a boat that can do it all), but these days, you’ll find most of the most expensive 40’foot boats in this category.
Below are two types of trawlers, each on the far end of the spectrum from each other. However, they’re both great boats that have a lot to offer sailors of all kinds.
12) Grand Banks EastBay 44 ($1,054,000)
This pricey trawler is built for luxury with its sleek modernized appearance, a teak interior, and three-stateroom layout. It can sleep 6 people and has a comfortable and spacious entertaining space.
What’s great is that you can customize the additional cabins with either twin or single berths, to accommodate the sleeping arrangements for your little ones.
The salon and cockpit feature large electric windows. The full galley comes with the latest conveniences including microwave and refrigeration systems.
The deep V-hull ensures that it can move fast through rough seas and can make tight maneuvers which help with docking. Of course, the Volvo Penta’s IPS powertrain helps with maneuvering as well.
13) Seapiper 35 ($169,000)
Now that we’ve blown our budget with the EastBay 44, let’s look at something a little more affordable but just as equipped. This Seapiper is a little smaller at 35’ and with a beam of 8’6”. This vessel harkens back to the trawler’s original design. This one definitely screams fishing vessel.
Luckily, the systems are pretty barebones to ensure that the boat is easy to maintain. It is powered by a single 85 HP Betamarine diesel straight-shaft inboard motor. The galley has a two-burner propane stove.
It does look unique with its helm, settee, and galley in the aft cabin. The cockpit is cozy with a pair of seats. But in front of the cabin is 60-square feet of open-air with some bench seating.
The second cabin is where the stowage, hanging locker, shower, and berth are.
4 Sailboats with Amazing Living Quarters
The classic image of someone waking up and walking up to the top deck of a sailboat with his morning cup of joe brings nostalgic feelings. It is something that everyone romanticizes. It isn’t for everyone, but if you do have an interest in it, here are a few options for you:
14) Gulfstar 44 (used $ 40,000)
The Gulfstar 44 (not to be mixed up with the Gulfstar 44 Motorized boat) is a spacious sailboat known for its performance and quality. Her counter stern gives her a special flair. She looks handsome while sitting in the dock.
It’s a classy sailboat with accommodations a-plenty.
A few of the amenities include:
- Dark teak joinery
- Plenty of headroom
- Roomy cockpit
- Two heads with separate showers
- En suite head and vanity
- Well-ventilated main saloon, plastic opening portlights
- Two sleeping cabins
- Plenty of storage
- Stand-alone fridge/freezer
- Ample counter space
- Either a Perkins 4-108 or 4-154 engine
…just to name a few.
15) Island Packet 35 ($100,000)
You can find Island Packet boats everywhere. Some people really love the full-keel, beamy, high-freeboard hull of the Island Packets. They are quite distinctive in their “common sailboat appearance”.
If you ask a child to draw a picture of a sailboat, it would—most likely—look like an Island Packet boat.
However, love them or not, they are hearty boats with huge cockpits, a cutter rig that is easy-to-handle, and a comfortable interior.
It also comes with:
- A three-burner gimballed liquid petroleum gas stove and oven
- An icebox (x2)
- A double sink with pressurized hot/cold water
- Teak trim and a holly cabin sole
- An overhead ventilation hatch in the aft cabin
- Coldwater shower
- Enough sleeping space for seven people
You’ll be able to find the 35 for less than $100,000. It’s perfect for a short vacation and will hold its value while you take it out.
You’ll easily find a market for it when you decide to move on from this 35’ sailboat.
15) Wauquiez Pretorien 35 (used $40,003)
The Wauquiez Pretorien 35 isn’t just a fun name to say, it’s also a great sailboat with a deep cockpit and an easy layout for easy handling with a small crew. It has two double staterooms. It also has a salon and dinette berth (for three). She’s finished with teak joinery and has the well-known, stylized Wauquiez paneling. It also has:
- An inboard Volvo engine
- Can sleep four
- Tile countertops
- Round stainless-steel sinks
- U-shaped galley
- Roomy navigation station
- Built-in bookcase
- Chart table with easily accessibly overhead electronics
- Pressure freshwater system
- Whalegusher hand pump and electronic pump with 5-micro water filtration system
- Plenty of drawer stowage in the galley
16) Cheoy Lee Offshore 38 (used $72,900)
The famous Cheoy Lee yard in Hong Kong has designed some of the best sailboats on the market. This is no exception. It is built to withstand the strong winds and rough waters of the open sea. The Offshore 38 has two cabins, a saloon, and two heads. Other accommodations include:
- Teak joinery interior
- Penguin Frigoboat fridge
- Inbuilt freezer section
- Double sink
- Taylor 041 cooker with oven and grill
Pontoon Boats with Living Quarters
These days pontoon boats are known for being party boats, but they also make great houseboats. With the big boom of tiny homes, people are starting to build their own Pontoon Tiny Houses.
17) Southland HRV Liberty (Hybrid Recreational Vehicle)
While I couldn’t find a price online for these unique tritoon boats (it has three pontoons to help stabilize all the weight), they were too cool to omit from this list.
These hybrid boats were released to the masses in 2011. They sleep four and comes complete with a kitchen diner (which converts into an extra bed), a shower, toilet, and a bedroom.
It also comes with a 3-season boathouse featuring solar panels and a wind turbine. Talk about modern. Since there’s so much going on (it is half-cruiser, half-boat), you can swap from electric to propane, to green power, to ensure that you get all the juice you need.
A collapsible enclosure allows you to enjoy the outdoors without being bug food or without getting pounded by the sun’s rays.
Houseboats ARE Living Quarters
We can’t talk about boats with living quarters without talking about actual houseboats.
18) 2008 Gibson 5900 Houseboat (used $274,900)
Gibson houseboats are known for building boats for families, by a family of boating enthusiasts. The classic lines of these houseboats can be found on used boat listings but their newest lines (started after the company was bought by new owners) can be found on their website.
The 2008 Gibson 5900 Houseboats are no exception to their legacy of family-oriented vessels. The amenities on this beautiful boat included:
- Dual Helms
- An Advanced Digital Controlled 13 Kilowatt Kohler Generator w/Sound Enclosure for Auxiliary Power (1838 Hours)
- Full-Size Galley and Breakfast Bar
- (3) Double Berths
- (2) Heads
- (4) TV sets
- (3) 16,000 BTU Digitally Controlled Cruisair Marine A/C Units for Cabin Comfort
- Marine Navigation to include; an AutoPilot
- Navigation Center with Depthsounder
- VHF Radio
- Power Windlass with Delta Plow Anchor
- 2 safes to secure personal positions
19) Sumerset Houseboats 19 x 103 (used $630,000)
The 2007 Sumerset 19 x 103 Houseboat has a price tag of $630,000 and comes with plenty of accommodations to ensure that you’re comfortable in your new home, including:
- A/C + Heat (3 Ton Geothermal)
- Dishwasher (Stainless)
- Fireplace (Electric)
- Laundry Room
- Oven (Electric)
- Propane Tanks
- Stove (Propane)
- Countertops (Granit Marble)
- Washer / Dryer
- Captain’s Chair
- Fiberglass Hard Top
- BBQ Grill (Stainless Steel)
- Canvas (Upper Deck Seating And Helm)
- Cockpit Seating (Captains Chair)
- Spare Prop
- Water Slide
Is it possible to live on a boat? Yes, of course. You just have to choose the right boat for you and your needs. You also need to make sure you’re prepared for boat living.
The idea of living aboard your own boat for more than a weekend, or even just taking it out for weeks at a time is incredibly appealing to most boaters. It brings up images of minimal, simple living and waking up to the sunset on the flybridge while sipping on a cup of coffee. Perfection.
If you’re looking to live on a boat full-time (and not just vacation on your boat), you need to make sure you’re prepared for the costs as well as the unique complications that come with living on a vessel.
Before you take the leap, make sure you think of:
- Storage solutions: stowage for things on your boat and storage for things which won’t fit on your boat (car/vehicle, heirlooms, furniture, etc.)
- Boat living fees: slip fee, insurance bill, boat mortgage payment, maintenance
- How will you stay connected to your old life inland? Internet? Socializing?
- Safety and security measures which are similar to home safety: carbon monoxide/smoke alarms, propane sniffer, fire extinguishers, etc.
- Landside vacations?
- Do you have a Plan B if you find boat-living isn’t for you?
Even if you’re just looking to get a boat with living quarters for weekend getaways, why not try renting a boat first, to see if you’ll be able to deal with the upkeep and if you like the lifestyle
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Morten is the founder of GoDownsize. He has filmed and interviewed people living in tiny houses and RVs since 2011. He grew up on the coast where his dad took him boating from a young age. He has completely rebuilt two RVs in which he travels with his family for months at the time. Read more about Morten here.