The Cruising Sailboat - and the Lifestyle That Goes With It

A cruising sailboat without a crew is almost as forlorn as a cruising sailor without a boat. One needs the other like a sail needs wind - or a gin and tonic needs ice and a slice...

But there's definitely something special about a cruising boat. Size isn't it - large or small - they all have it. Nor do they have to be stunningly beautiful or hugely expensive. It's not about what they are; it's more about what they can deliver - simple pleasure, high adventure or genuine white-knuckle challenge.

Perhaps just a day sail on the lake or a trip along the coast. A voyage across an ocean maybe, or even a circumnavigation of the world. And best of all, by utilising nature's free and sustainable energy resource - the wind. Pure freedom.

They are beguiling machines, sailing boats. Take this beauty for instance...

So whether you're a paid-up, certifiable sailboat fanatic or just curious about those of us who are, you're sure to find something of interest by cruising around in this website. Who knows where you'll fetch up?

The Three Most Popular Types of Cruising Rigs...

Sketch of a sloop rigged sailboat

The Sloop

Just a headsail and a mainsail - simple and efficient. 


Sketch of a cutter rigged sailboat

The Cutter

A smaller headsail and a staysail makes sail handling easier.


Sketch of a ketch rigged sailboat

The Ketch

A second mast with a mizzen sail, for greater versatility.


This, and all other artwork on this page by Andrew Simpson

A Sailboat for Offshore Cruising

Owning a sailboat, particularly one designed for offshore and ocean sailing, can change your life.

With a few gallons of fuel, adequate food and water aboard she'll take you thousands of miles leaving a carbon footprint in her wake that would delight the most ardent environmentalist.

Hey, you can catch your own fish, make your own drinking water from seawater (or collect nature's free offering with a raincatcher) and charge your batteries with a windcharger or solar panels - all without using a drop of fuel! 

And you don't need to be on the helm all day - a windvane self-steering gear will keep you on the straight and narrow without drawing a single precious amp from your 12volt battery bank.

With a bluewater boat equipped in this way you could go the whole nine yards, sell your shoreside assets, cast off the shorelines together with the tedium of life ashore and set off on a cruising life of freedom and adventure.

A surprising number of people do just this, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Take the accommodation below decks for example. What might look very attractive at a boatshow could prove to be considerably less so when in a seaway. 

Take a look at the two alternative interior layouts below for instance...

Below Decks

It's here that the interior designer can recreate the appeal of a country cottage or splendor of a minor palace, often in the process making access to fixtures and fittings impossible without major surgery to the boat's interior. It's much better to follow the wise adage that 'form should follow function' and leave all the glitz and glamour to vehicles with wheels on.

The interior layout of a cruising sailboat is all important. Take a look at these two similar - but different - interior layout options...

Sketch showing the interior accommodation layout in a cruising sailboat
Sketch showing the interior accommodation layout in a cruising sailboat (2)

One of them is much more suitable for long-distance offshore sailing than the other.

But which one is it, and why?

Cruising Boats...

An ever-growing gallery of pics and basic specifications of many popular cruising boats...

Secondhand Cruising Boats for Sale...

Just click on the images below to see the full details of these cruising boats that advertised by their owners (not through a broker or other 3rd party) right here on

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