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!


See all the forum answers here

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?

Singapore Yacht Show 11 – 14 April 2019

Yacht show 2019

With a bumper schedule of activities and events taking place during the Singapore Yacht Show – from the glamorous SYS Gala Evening & Awards to the various yacht parties, luxury lifestyle brand showcases, conferences, workshops and networking opportunities, avoid disappointment and start planning your visit now to maximize your attendance at the Show.

Heralded as the region’s must-see event for nautical lifestyle enthusiasts, the four-day event gives visitors an unrivaled opportunity to discover more yachts than displayed anywhere else in the region. The Show also brings together super-yacht builders, product manufacturers and a whole raft of luxury lifestyle brands all displaying their latest innovations, design concepts and product launches. In addition to these global showcases, the Singapore Yacht Show will also deliver a truly immersive experience for those looking to discover the yachting lifestyle through a series of high-octane events and activities. You can find out more and plan your visit by checking out our social calendar.

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Roberts 36 – Steel cutter rigged yacht – Australia

Buying a boat

This steel Roberts 36 vessel was built for blue water family cruising. Or live aboard.

Priced to Sell!  This is a great deal.

Recently slipped, hull primed and anti fouled.    

Note: this is a second-hand boat, it is not new. The boat is well-maintained. All systems work, the engine is nearly new, the hull is sound. Generally, all in good order.

The interior has a beautiful fit-out in jarrah and Tasmanian oak, in very clean condition.

A lot of boat plus a lot of gear for not a lot!

Motivated seller: reasonable offers will be considered.

No time wasters please.

In addition to coastal cruising, my wife and I have completed two trips to the Whitsundays and Hinchinbrook and two passages to Tasmania.  At present it is berthed in the Batemans Bay marina. This berth is available  to the new owner if required.

This Roberts 36 is the raised-deck version, so has ample headroom. 

With 6 berths, dining area and table, which can drop to form a double bunk, there is plenty of space.

Galley with a three burner cooktop and oven, which are kerosene fuelled for safety, and Danfoss refrigeration 

Head with electric toilet

Nav station – Communications are handled by a 27mhz radio, VHF and  HF  SSB radios. 

large fuel and water tanks 

Yanmar 56hp diesel with only 180 hours on it;

Coursemaster autopilot

mainsail in lazy jacks and a roller furling headsail for easy sail handling plus storm sails and staysail;

Muir electric anchor winch with 3/8” chain gypsy and rope warping drum;

1500 watt inverter and 2x 40 watt solar panels

aluminium dinghy

A more extensive inventory includes; a 6 person life raft in canister, life jackets, nav charts, wet weather gear, mooring lines, fenders, covers, hoses, etc.

Enquiries to Australia (+61) 0 41 348 6661 or email riprocter@gmail.com

Roberts 36 steel cutter rigged yacht

33 ft Steel Sloop – Thailand

Let me introduce this sweet sailing sloop: “Filibusta III”
Her hull has been recently repainted plus new anti-foul.
LOA: 33ft BEAM: 10ft DRAFT: 1.7m TONNAGE: 11.25
Includes 4 cyl. Kubota Diesel engine (as is)

Thai Registered yacht and at present is moored in

Ao Yon Bay, Phuket, Thailand

It is time for her owner to part company and move on to new adventures.



Tel: (+66) 06 2063 4953

Classic sailboat 1971 S&S 42′ Italian built – Thailand

Yacht Chartering

Priced to sell!    Thai Baht 1,500,000   (GBP 34,717)

Truly classic 1971 S&S 42′ Italian built ‘Ferrari’ of sailboats!

Owner’s bought a new boat!

Remington has won her class 10 x in the Bay regatta, + Kings cup, PKRW, Lgk and TOG regattas.

New genoa, cockpit teak/deck paint and 4mo old antifouling! 3 spinnakers, 12v fridge + 3 solar panels, 2 tiller pilots, spare alternator, 17″ Maxprop! Perkins 4108! 2 burner stove w oven/grill (=toast!) BBQ ++++!!!

Now in the yacht haven but soon to Nai Harn!?

Call Jim at (+66) 081 088 2955



Remmington sailboat