Like lots of people, we are what I would call “Leisure Sailors”. We have been sailing a couple of years on a relatively small sailboat on “safe-ish” waters. In ours case, we have a
O’Day 28 Tartan 41 on Lake Champlain.
We go sailing as much as we can, or to be more accurate, the Captain (Dad), drags his boys for weekend sailing with varying amounts of enthusiasm displayed by the crew.
Frequently, said crew are bribed with various offers such as uninterrupted sunbathing, use of iPad, a movie to watch, copious chocolate or soda (depending on crew member).
Last year, we decided to go on a bareboat charter to the British Virgin Islands. We chartered a 36′ catamaran (ironically called Certifiable), and to everyone’s agreement, we had a wonderful time and were all disappointed when the week was over.
And there the idea began.
What if we didn’t have to leave for a week, or a month. What if we never had to leave at all?
So I put the idea to the First Mate (aka, the wife) and lightly suggested how wonderful it would be if we lived aboard a sailboat for a while, maybe a year, in the Caribbean. To show I had thought it through, I said it would have to be in a couple of year, when all the boys could swim well and read (two key points).
The idea was considered, and over the next few weeks we talked about it more and more. Finally, we decided that we would go ahead, and we took the first step on the long journey to Sailing With Kids.