living on a boat liveaboard

There is something special about the water. It fascinates us, mainly because we can’t go underwater forever — only for a small percentage of time. While we are in the water, we get to see how water creatures live, from fish swimming to and fro to huge coral reefs that build up underwater for sea creatures to thrive. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to see a whale, a dolphin, or even a shark who calls the oceans home. Thousands and thousands of miles of endless oceans where for the most part humans cannot go.

Freedom Boat Club is a boat share program that allows members to use boats without having to care for boats. We handle all of the maintenance and storage of the boats, we train you how to use the boats, and then you get to enjoy the boats — all for one monthly fee. Whether you are brand new to boating or a seasoned veteran, you can enjoy a speed boat for water skiing or a pontoon boat for leisurely fishing and other recreational boating activities.

Here at Freedom Boat Club at Lake Lanier, we understand that once you get a taste of boating, you might not want to leave it. In fact, you might want to live on a boat. In this blog post, we’ll go over some things to think about when deciding to live on a boat. Contact us today to get started!


Becoming a “liveaboard,” while enchanting, is a lot of work, and it’s definitely not for everyone. Here are some things to consider before you decide to permanently live on a boat:

  • The best way to decide if you want to live on a boat is to look at the disadvantages first. Some of the challenges of living on a boat include very little living space and storage space, finding a permanent home for your boat, buying a boat, maintaining a boat, sailing a boat, and giving up a lot of comforts you enjoy living on land, such as hot showers and a washer and dryer. Be realistic and honest with yourself while making your disadvantage list.
  • Next, make a list of the reasons why you want to live on a boat. Are you looking for adventure? Are you looking to save money? Do you want the freedom a boat affords? Do you love being around water? Living on a boat is a big decision not to be made on a whim. Really think about the changes you’d have to make to live on a boat to see if they are for you or not.

Now, you’ve decided to live on a boat. Now what? You need the boat! But with so many types of boats available, how do you decide?

Freedom Boat Club in Lake Lanier recommends you take into account two considerations when purchasing a boat to live on:

  1. What will you use your boat for? Do you plan mainly to cruise from place to place? This will require a yacht or a trawler. Or, you do you plan to remain permanently in one location? If so, you’ll be looking at a houseboat, barge, or a floating home. Keep in mind that the bigger the boat and the more amenities it has, the more you will pay for one.
  2. Where do you intend to keep your boat? Most cities limit the number of liveaboards due to marina space. You can either live in a marina, anchor your boat, or find a mooring ball. If this is your first time living on a boat, living in a marina is probably your best choice. Many have onshore amenities such as being plugged into a power source for electricity, having laundry facilities, clubhouse, hot showers, and internet. Plus, the boating community is great. A mooring ball and anchoring are cheap, but you can forget about power and hot showers.

One of the best ways to decide if living on a boat is for you is to do so. You can boat sit for someone you know who has a boat, you can try living on your current boat if you have one for a few days or on a friend’s boat, or you can airbnb a boat. This will give you a taste of what it’s like without spending a lot of money on something you will regret later on.


Freedom Boat Club in Lake Lanier offers boats for use by our members who can use them on long boating trips. If you are a member or know a member, you can try out one of our boats and take it out for a week or so and try boat living. In fact, the newest addition to our boating fleet is the perfect boat to take out and try being a liveaboard. Our Regal 28 Cruiser can sleep four to six people very comfortably. This boat has a bathroom, a kitchen, and a bed, as well as other modern amenities. At 28 feet long, our Regal 28 Cruiser is the perfect boat to live on if you so choose to do so in the future.

Becoming a liveaboard is not for the faint of heart, and although you love the water, you don’t want to turn that love of boating you have into a hatred for the activity. Join our boat club today!