How to choose your liveaboard sailboat (size, performance, etc.)?

What is the best size of sailboat to live on?

Whether you plan to navigate along the coast or sail around the world, the length of your yacht is an important factor to consider. Based on a given number of cabins, a liveaboard sailboat’s size usually varies upon the overall space that is desired.

To have the most comfortable cruising sailboat, this extra space can be alternatively used to:

  • Have larger cabins: that is the case on the RM890+, RM970 and RM1070+. These sailing yachts respectively being 30-footer, 32-footer, and 35-footer, all offer the same number of double cabins (2).
  • Dedicate a space to a technical storage or workshop
  • Have a larger kitchen area
  • Have more storage for provisioning, especially when choosing a bluewater sailboat, for transatlantic passage, or circumnavigation
  • Have a larger saloon and dinette area, welcoming more guests around the table during a stop on your coastal cruising, for example.
  • Have a larger autonomy for extended passages: fresh water and fuel tanks often being correlated to the size of the yachts (and to the number of crew members).

In general, the size of your liveaboard sailboat will depend on what you are looking for in a yacht: your comfort requirements, the amount of equipment embarked, the number of people who are going to be living on board, etc. If you are a solo sailor, you might feel comfortable on a 30-foot yacht but will probably prefer a larger sailing boat if you are traveling as a family (32 ft, 35 ft, 40ft, or more).

Our range: liveaboard sailboats from 30 to 45 feet

RM Yachts, which are all plywood monohull sailboats, are lighter than any given other yacht of equivalent size, built with other materials.

Consequently, they enable the owner to better balance the overall weight of equipment required for a specific navigation plan: coastal cruising, port-hopping, ocean cruising, blue water cruising, sabbatical journey, circumnavigation, etc.

Beyond equipment and comfort, the size of a yacht also has an impact on her motion at sea, her seaworthiness, and her global performance: a hull with a great beam will bring more space (hence more comfort for day-to-day living) but will also be stiffer and powerful (hence higher performance and greater ability to start planning)

RM Yachts hull design, inspired by offshore racers, is well-known for their shape and lines. Their reverse bow increases the LWL.

Taking into account the LWL has an impact on hull speed, that can be calculated as following:

Hull speed: 2,43 x LWL (Length at Water Line)

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