choosing a liveaboard

Freedom Boat Club in Lake Lanier is passionate about boating, which is one of the reasons why we started a boat share program where for one monthly fee, you can use any boat in our fleet. Simply reserve a boat, and then show up at the marina. It’s that simple!

We’ve been diving into living on a boat and all that that entails, from making the decision to live on a boat to choosing which boat is for you. In this blog post, we’ll go over more tips on how to choose the type of liveaboard boat for you. Contact us today for more information on our boat share program!



Most of us like our “stuff,” whether that includes books and workout equipment to our favorite blankets and TV shows, curled up in front of a fireplace. However, on a boat, there is just not a lot of room for more than the bare essentials, and a lot of liveaboards say giving up your stuff was one of the hardest parts of this process. Older boats seem to have more storage space than streamlined, newer boats. There are dock boxes for your convenience, or you can rent a storage unit near your home dock. However, Freedom Boat Club in Buford notes that if you intend to stay on your boat for a long time — years perhaps — you should plan on selling most of your possessions now.

Layout of the Rooms

If you are considering becoming a liveaboard, you’ll want to choose a layout of your boat that suits you. There are many different designs, so be sure to visit many boats before settling on one. Below are the rooms to pay special attention to:

  • Bedroom. This is the room you will be spending most of your indoor time in so you want it to be the most comfortable for you. Many liveaboards have a center cockpit with an aft cabin that is separated from the other living spaces. This is a great option if you have kids as well. A cabin with a pullman berth usually has enough headroom for you to be able to sit up and read in bed — a must have for readers everywhere.
  • Living room. The living room/dining room tends to be the smallest room for obvious reasons — you don’t spend a lot of time in those areas. In fact, some are downright small and aren’t even used because they are so uncomfortable. Lighting is a big factor for the living space. Some living rooms have no natural lighting and are like eating in dungeons when night comes along. While you may not spend a lot of time in this space, you’ll want to pay attention to it. After all, space is a premium on a boat and having an unused space on your liveaboard boat would not be prudent.


Freedom Boat Club in Lake Lanier brings boating to the masses and makes using a boat affordable. Reserve your boat, enjoy your day, and let us take care of the rest — all for one low monthly fee. Contact us today!