More people are choosing to live on a boat because they are not being able to afford high property and rent prices, especially in big cities. Other people choose to live on a boat because they want a nomadic lifestyle, traveling around in a boat, and the freedom that it offers. However, living on a boat has its challenges.

Lack of Storage Space

The reality is that you can’t fit all the possessions that you have in your house and garage onto a boat because there just isn’t enough space. You will have to be ruthless about the items that you’re going to put on the boat and those that you’re going to have to sell. If you are renovating a boat, fitted furniture is a good space-saving option, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t have free-standing furniture as long as it’s not too large. Sofa beds are multifunctional and save space at the same time.

Ikea Ektorp Couch Covers

If you choose a compact Ektorp 2-seater sofa bed, you can change up its look with Ikea Ektorp couch covers from Bemz. These high quality covers can extend the life of your couch whilst also giving you the opportunity to personalize your couch with the hundreds of fabrics, patterns and colors available. In fact, the 2-seater Ektorp sofa bed covers are a top seller from Bemz who also supply replacement covers for the whole Ektorp couch series. The covers are easy to fit with no disassembling of the couch being necessary. They are also easy to care for being machine washable, and come with a 3-year guarantee.

Long Waiting Lists for Marinas

Another potential challenge for boat owners is the long waiting lists for marinas where they can moor their liveaboard boats. One way to stay aboard your boat whilst waiting for a liveaboard slip in San Francisco is to sleep two nights on your boat in the marina, and then sail out and anchor on the coastline for the rest of the week. In London, boaters who are unable to get a residential mooring will trade their moorings with each other every two weeks or so to comply with regulations.

How to Keep Your Boat Shipshape

Sailing your boat around means wearing comfortable clothes, just like traveling in a car for long distances. An extra layer of clothing may be necessary to offset the wind chill factor, and non-slip shoes are vital. There are also a lot of jobs that need to be done to keep your boat livable. Apart from the exterior maintenance, holding tanks need to be emptied and water tanks need to be filled up. The inside of the boat needs careful cleaning to avoid the moisture caused by cooking turning into mold in your cupboards.

Living on a boat can be a liberating experience and a cost saving option. However, there are a number of challenges that need to be explored before deciding if this is the life for you.