Choosing the best sailboat to live on: how many cabins?

An essential feature for a comfortable liveaboard yacht

There are multiple things to consider to ensure you choose the best sailboat to live on, including:

  • The type of sailing planned: coastal cruising over a few days, full-time sailing around the world, etc.
  • The number of people who will live aboard: are you looking for a solo sailboat or navigating with family, friends?
  • The key features you are looking at in a yacht: size, keel type, speed, performance, etc.
  • The level of comfort you intend to have: interior space, furniture, layout, etc.

For the latter, the amount of sleeping space inside your boat plays an essential role. The number of cabins on a family cruiser generally depends on the number of crew members aiming to sleep onboard.

By cabin, we mean a space dedicated to sleep, equipped with cushions/upholstery suitable for two adults.

This space can be closed by a door, or a curtain, or even remain open, to connect with the saloon, for instance. The latter increases the perception of volume.

Traditionally, the fore cabin is dedicated to the owner, while the aft cabins are for the family and friends.

Other spaces onboard can also welcome crew members during a night watch, like saloon settees for instance.

RM Yachts: plywood liveaboard sailboats under 50 feet

Our goal is for you to find the best sailboat to live on, according to what you are looking for in your dream yacht. Our modern and comfortable models offer different layouts, to fit various needs.

Our three monohull yachts measuring between 30ft and 35ft all offer a fore cabin, sleeping two, closed by a textile curtain.

  • The RM890+ and RM970 also offer an aft cabin, sleeping two, on portside.

Total: sleeping 4

  • The RM1070+offers an aft cabin, sleeping two, on starboard.

Total: sleeping 4

Our larger liveaboard sailboats feature a fore cabin, sleeping two, which is closed by a door.

  • The RM1180also offers an aft cabin, sleeping two, on portside. The aft space on starboard can either be turned into a cabin for two, or in a workshop with a watch bunk.

Total: sleeping 4/5/6

  • The RM1380offers in addition two aft cabins, each sleeping two, on portside and starboard. The large fore cabin (owner’s cabin), can also be split into two double cabins, bringing to four the number of double cabins on board.

Total: sleeping 6/8

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