What does it take to become a liveaboard cruiser?

Livaboard cruiser
What does it take to become a liveaboard cruiser?
About 5 years ago my wife and I had an idea of travelling the world on a sailing boat without ever having stepped aboard a sailing boat (familiar theme right). Tried a few local sailing weekends, loved it. Took a couple of courses, loved it. Bare-boat Chartered a couple of times in the med and really loved it. So decided to go whole hog and sell up and go boat shopping. Then life got in the way….wife and I fell pregnant so our plans were put on hold.

2 years of learning to be a parent and 5 years on after that initial spark and my 5 year plan alarm bell has started ringing! So it’s time to pick up where we left.

Back to the original point…. Apart from a boat and being able to sail, what are the most important skills and traits to learn before we jump in? My time and money are limited so I guess I’m trying to prioritized what I need to do to move forward.

All help and advice is greatly appreciated!


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You need patience, tenacity, and no fear of hard work.

And cash. The amount will depend on the above.

The rest can be learnt.


Sailing is easy. It’s all the other aspects of owning and living on a cruising-level boat that are hard .

Take the time to learn what you and your crew need and want in a cruising boat. I recommend buying an inexpensive, but sound and fully functional cruising boat, and get out there now. This will teach you what is important, and also start to develop those necessary skills, especially if you are a frugal cruiser with more time than money.

become a liveaboard cruiser?

Houseboat Narrowboat 30ft Springer liveaboard canal boat – UK


Narrowboat 30ft Springer ready to move aboard.

This boat must go as I’m moving to a bigger one.

Can be delivered to London for extra money.

Currently in Leicester.

Sold as seen. 

Outboard engine 9.9hp in perfect working order.
Electrics charged by solar system or engine. Just turn the key and take it home.
New kitchen. Most of the interior is new but not everything finished.
Please keep in in mind that you will have to finish this boat.
There is also an inboard engine diesel works very well but is not connected you  can run it but it will not propel the boat.
Boat safety present til 2021
Blacking last time 8 years ago. No water leaks
 Viewing welcome
Please no time wasters this boat has a lot of bits that need to be finished.
Mostly inside shelves and some wooden panels
I currently live aboard with my wife and dog
The only reason is I’m selling my lovely baby is due to an upgrade to a bigger one.
Any serious questions please email me
 pedro.leonowicz@gmail.com or call me (+44) 0 749 451 2514
Narrowboat 30ft springer

“Mersey” Class Traditional Narrowboat – UK

Traditional Narrowboat 40 FT Pyrford “Mersey” Class

Barrus Shire Inboard Diesel with 12 volt and 230 volt circuits
Clean, tidy , well presented craft which is ready to use
Bow Thruster , Boat Safety to Dec 2018

Boat Name TAILLIUIR   Year 2002   Location Reading, United Kingdom   Price £39,950 inc Vat

Number of engines 1  Make/model Barrus Shire 1200  Fuel Diesel  Engine hours 870
Dimensions – LOA: 12.19m  Beam: 2.08m  Draft: 0.46m  Bridge Clearance: 1.83m

 Recent Works:

  • Hull Blacked and New Anodes Fitted April 2018
  • New Leisure Battery 2017
  • Top & Sides re-painted April 2018 – Norfolk Green
  • Engine Serviced
  • Galvanic Isolator Serviced April 2018

Year 2002


LOA: 12.19
Beam: 2.08
Maximum Draft: 0.46
Bridge Clearance: 1.83


Total Power: 31
Total Engines: 1
Year Built: 2002
Engine Power: 31


Fresh Water Tanks: 1(682)
Fuel Tanks: 1(182)


Number of double berths: 2
Number of heads: 1


Dvd player
Hot water
Shore power inlet
Bow thruster
Electric bilge pump
Battery charger
Electric head
Cd player

+44 (0)1189 477770 Mobile +44 (0) 7701 287046guy.girling@tingdene.net
Talliuir Narrowboat