Want to know what it looks like to live inside a 41ft sailboat? Here is a picture-post to show you just what our workaboardsailboat is all about. This way everyone can get an idea of what we live in full time, and the amount of work that my dear husband has put into this boat to make her our home. So go ahead, take a snoop, I’m giving you permission!
I also thought that this could be fun to show some prior and current shots as we are going to have some major upgrades in the very near future…but I am keeping those a surprise for a later post, so make sure to keep checking in with us!
A Few Of The Before Shots
After we de-cluttered the boat from its prior own this is what we were left with.
The old settee cushions were stinky, dark, and dirty.
The old counter tops we scratched and stained.
Installing the bunk bed.
Ripping out the old backsplash.
Sanding everything to repaint.
Repainting the headliner.
Ripping out the bathroom countertops and mirror.
Installing a hallway door.
And Some Of The After Shots
All the work on the boat was done by us. ALL OF IT!
Your cockpit looks like such an awesome chill spot!
We spend a lot of time out there, especially since Eben made those comfy outdoor cushions
There is a lot more room than I would have thought. I have never been on a sailboat.
Think of it like a large RV, that is usually how we explain it to our land-based friends
I have always wanted to go sailing in a boat as beautiful as yours.
Nina you should see some of the other boats our there, ours is nothing in comparisson. But thank you
Oh you're being modest! Yours is breathtaking in my land-stuck opinion. 🙂
thank you, we like it a lot, and it is only going to keep getting better as we keep attacking new boat projects!
Bravo, lots of hard work and it looks great! I love, love, love the mason jars in the bathroom, so awesome. You have to maximize every inch on a boat and it looks like you have done such a great job and with style as well.
thanks, the mason jars and other little touches are to make the boat feel homey.
Do you somehow attach the jars to the countertops? I love the look!
Wow, what a great job your husband did. Awesome. Have fun conquering the water!
he is a quick learner and very much a perfectionist, he does great work
She looks amazing!
thank you, LOTS of sweat, some tears
You guys rock, at so many levels. Gerry
thanks Gerry. Eben was talking about contacting you to do some deliveries with you!
How neat and what an adventure! I love the work you did, it paid off! I've never seen that before and I've always wanted to see the inside of a sailboat!
well like I said, ours needed a lot of work, and still does. As we continue to renovate it I will keep posting more
That sailboat is a lot of work. But it's all worth it since you had a great time in there! I love the view.
It has been a lot of work, but those projects also keep Eben busy and happy!
If everyone would be helping one another to repair stuff, it would be much easier done. 🙂 I never thought bathroom decorations can be present even in such a small space. They're great!
My husband does most of the "dirty" work and then I have done most of the aesthetic stuff (paint and decorations). But it has also become a way for us to make some money while sailing, my husband helps other sailors with their boat work too
I like the makeover. It seems like there is only room for necessities which is great. When you live in a house, it's easy to fill it up with stuff you don't need or use.
It has been nice to simplify our lives, but it is still surprising how much stuff you can end up with, even in a small space!
The sailboat is so spacious. It would be fun venturing the ocean with that sail boat.
We started off in a much smaller boat and upgraded to this one for the extra space because we knew we wanted a second kid.
The boat looks so much better now! I wish i could live on a boat, but I get seasick 🙁
my husband gets seasick too, when sailing, but he wears scopolamine patches behind his ear and they make it all better
I can't even believe that is all inside the sailboat – I want to experience to be in one!
Before we lived in a sailboat I was so horrible at gauging the amount of space that each size would have. They are surprisingly tricky!
I love the renovation you've done on it. I wish I could also go for sailing.
My husband did most of the renos, and then I took on the painting and decorating
Great post! Always love seeing inside other boats. Thanks for sharing 🙂
My pleasure. I am happy to finally have a conglomeration of boat pics all together to show friends now. And it reminded me of the other projects we want to get done when we get back to her in a month
You guys really had fun! And this is really an adventure! Going out on a sail with the fambam! The best!
It has been an adventure for sure, one that lasted much longer than we ever expected.
And I am jealous! how I wish we can do that also! But work is keeping us from doing it..
It took us 4 years of saving money, and then selling our house and car. We have nothing left but the boat. It was quite the sacrifice. But we wanted to do it now, rather than fuller down the road. So we watch our savings dwindle and one day we will have to go back to work.
What a beautiful house boat. I would love to vacation in one. I love the water and sleeping in it would be divine.
This is actually a sailboat, a houseboat is much wider and flater. I would love to get the experience in a houseboat one day.
Wow your hubby did great on all the renovations :)! This is going to sound crazy, but I've never been on a sailboat!!
That's not crazy at all. They estimate that only about 2% of the world sails. So we are the minority for sure!
I love boats!! You guys did an amazing transformation inside! when can we go sailing?? lol
We go back to the boat in about a month for another season of sailing!
You did an amazing job! That boat is beautiful!
Thank you, it has been a lot of work
Great job! Your home is amazing and I always wanted to sail for a month. I never got the chance because of life. I might just try it out when I get a little bit older. I love the water, it's so comforting.
We sleep so well on the water, being rocked to sleep
Beautiful sailboat! I don't think I've ever been on a sailboat!
You should try at least, just for the experience
What a beautiful boat! I haven't been on a sailboat since high school, but would love to take the family
It's fun living it through their eyes. Our kids love being on the water
What a beautiful boat/home. Your husband did a fantastic job redoing it all.
I agree, he has worked so hard in this boat
Your boat is so nice! I especially like what you did with the bathroom.
Thank you, it was my personal project. I will slowly redecorate the entire boat!
Very Nice! Which I could leave in a boat, but enclose places and I don't get along. :/
I guess you will have to settle with living on a cruise ship 🙂
I love the work that was done to the boat. I don't know if I could live on one. Thanks for sharing.
Living on a sailboat comes with its fair share of sacrifices, it's not for everyone that is for sure
He did a grand job, and I know you're very proud of him.
you are right, he did some amazing work and I am SO proud
Amazing! I'm not sure that I could live there full time, but it sure would be great to try. Congratulations for waking up to heaven every morning!
this heaven comes with its sacrifices, but we chose them so that we can live this way, at least for now
I had to come back for another look! Just amazing the work you did!
thank you I really appreciate it
It looks gorgeous! I'd love to live on a sailboat some day 🙂
It is something you should try, at least once, even for just a vacation
Wow! I have seen some living quarters on boats but never as amazing as this. I also love how creative you got with your decorating.
thank yo Paulina. My husband was scared when I told him I wanted to paint the bathroom teal, but I think it turned out great!
It looks absolutely lovely!
thank you, we like it a lot.
WOW. Complete makeover. You did a fantastic job. Looks better than some home kitchens 😉
thanks. It took a lot of work, when we bought it it had been holed in a hurricane and completely gutted. We started from scratch.
This is amazing. I've never been inside a boat to really imagine someone living in it. It must of taken quite some time to remodel and make it the way you all needed it to be.
It took us about 11 months to get all the "functional" and necessary parts of the boat in working order, and then probably something like another 4 months to do the aesthetics. And that is full time work!
OOO Love the upgrades!
thank you, they are not done, but its starting to look nice
You did a great job! It looks wonderful! I'm sure you'll have a great time on the boat.
we have been living on this one for about 4 years now, and think that this may be our last sailing season. Maybe time to buy property and "settle" for a bit
It looks great now! Love the work. What a life!
thank you, we are loving how it is coming along
Wow it looks amazing! You did a wonderful job.
Thank you, it has been fun taking on the more aesthetic projects
Wow! What a great life! I haven't entered into a sailboat as nice as yours. Great makeover! I want to read more about this sailboat thing and how you do about life. Where do you stop and for how long, how about groceries?
Jo, honestly our family isn't too find of the actual sailing part, meaning you wouldn't find us out in the ocean for a month on end, but rather we use it like our traveling home. We will sail for three days. (Sometimes more sometimes less) to get to the next island, and then we anchor out and stay in one spot for at least a month, exploring, until we get bored of that place and decide to move on. Then, once we are settled we have a dinghy that we drop in the water and use as our vehicle to and from land. So we will go and do groceries every few days, like if we were on land.
What a project! You guys did a great job on the boat. It looks so comfy.
I wanted it to feel cozy, like a home.
Wow! Y'all did a great job! I love being out on the water but haven't been on a sailboat in many years.
Thank you, it has been a lot of work but it is proving to be well worth it
Oh my gosh! You did a fantastic job with that boat! Congrats on making such a beautiful boat!
Thank you, we are loving it
Looks like home!
Thanks, that's exactly what I was aiming for.
What a great transformation. Looks like you spend a lot of time on the water, good for you, might as well be comfy 🙂
We have been living on sailboats for the past 5 years, 4 of which were on this boat.
Everything looks so neat! I love how you did the overhaul on your boat to truly make it feel like a home. <3
Thank you, we wanted the homey feel
Never thought that the sailboat is roomy based on what I see outside. I want to ride on a sailboat and your did a great job on renovating yours.
Thanks, yes it is very hard to judge the size of the inside just by looking at the outside. I am horrible at it!
this is gorgeous, Genevieve! I keep coming back to your examples of clean design and splashes of color. I would love to see an 'after' of the galley, the backsplash destruction is teasing me!
I will take pictures of it for you when we get back to to eh boat, in a week, I promise!
Very nice work!!! Where can a person find those Deck Boxes? are they fixed to the deck?
Eben made those himself. Here is the link to the blog post I wrote about it: https://itsanecessity.net/2015/03/dock-boxes.html They are not fixed to the deck, just free standing, but we have our propane tanks in the one and our generator in the other, lots of weight, so they are not going anywhere!
It's always great to see photos of the inside of liveaboard boats. Does make me think ours is too small for the job though 🙁
I still love seeing the inside of other peoples boats, its in our nature to be curious. And don't worry, we started on a much smaller boat, and eventually upgraded in size
Lots of nice work you've done!
Where are you now??
We live in Todos Santos, Mexico now. On land.