Minimalist Sailboat Living to Save Money

Why Live on a Sailboat?

Throughout my life passing by a marina, would of never pictured myself living on a boat. However, the opportunity did arise by chance or fate; so I decided the experience would be good for me.

  I wanted to strip away all modern conveniences in my life and focus on what is most important.  Doing this would also help me write and think.

  Having the goal in mind to refine my skills of being more self reliant and a better backpacker in the wilderness.  Conditions to me in the wild are a lot more comfortable than living in a floating shell.  Especially through winter and spring Storms.

  The last time I was on the water was 20 years prior to this experience.  I try not to put my toe in the cold water.  A better choice would be just to jump in is the outlook I often with things.

port angeles marina
During a Cold Winter Sunrise

Living Conditions Experienced

  • 27' Long
  • Fiberglass (no insulation)
  • No Standing Inside
  • 1 Seat in Living Area
  • 3x3 Table
  • 1 Plug-in Space Heater
  • 1 Desk Lamp
  • No Fridge
  • No Stove
  • No Sink
  • No Bathroom or Shower (500 yard walk to facility's on land)
  • Slept 1 in the 'V Berth' 
  • No Wifi or TV (don't watch TV anyways)
  • Roof Leaked

port angeles marina
Bald Eagles greeting me in the morning

ducks in marina
couple of Ducks saying Hi

Critters that Visit by the Sea

  I have some good memories of the wildlife that would make an appearance in the area.   The one that sticks out the most is in the middle of a 48 hour snowstorm.  Having no idea they were being observed.  A family of otters were up on the docks playing around for 30 minutes or so. 

  Seals and Sea-lions would also be known to make an appearance.  Their barks often woke me up from my naps. 

Spending the Winter in a Marina

  Experiencing tough times through the winter months were eminent.  12 hour nights of up to 60 mph winds and ocean swell was not my favorite thing.  

  Wind blew the snow in through small cracks one night. The next morning waking up to small snow drifts inside the cabin.  After stuffing things in all the cracks to fix the issue.  All was well again so that I may enjoy my morning coffee on a wet seat.   

snow on sailboat
Frozen during a Winter Snow

laundry on sailboat
Laundry Day

sunrise in marina
Sunrise before a Hike

Spending Time on a Sailboat

  I would suggest if anyone has a chance to live on a boat.  They for sure jump on the chance.  Just be prepared to have good and bad times.  Everyone has there own experience with each situation.  

  This I am completely sure of; it takes a special breed of person to live on a boat.  Some would say that only crazies would chose such a lifestyle.  I completely agree with the crazy assumption comments.  

  • Isolation
  • Minimal
  • Rocking to Sleep
  • Simple Living

  • Wind
  • Ocean Swell
  • Ice and Snow (would freeze the door)
  • Standing Room

  I already moved off a few days ago and nothing by memories now.  It will always remain in my thoughts as a life memorable experience for sure. 

Never had a chance to take the boat sailing at all.  However wouldn't mind leaning the skill; even tho I don't like the water much.  Admittedly have became more curious now that I lived aboard one.  Any chance of being that free on the open water is a very addictive feeling I'm sure. 

Port Angeles marina
New Years Eve 2011 Sunrise

Overall it was a great live experience. I oven using the local bus line to get me from point A to B. The sailboat was a perfect base camp, for my Olympic Mountain adventures.

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Updated on November 2016 by Barefoot Jake