Saturday, October 4, 2008

The beginning of our Living Aboard Dream

I figure it's time to go on a bit about this whole live aboard thing LOL. It all started about 2 years ago when Hubby mentioned that when the company sells, he wants to take a few years off and cruise around the Mediterranean on a yacht! To say I was shocked would be putting it mildly. Neither of us have ever spent too much time on boats (especially yachts), so it's not like there was any forewarning that he would want to do this. I digested this idea for a while, and did a bit of research. I was rather surprised to hear (and even meet) of so many families that have done this, with children of all ages.

We went to a boat show in Southampton, England a short time later, which was a real eye opener for me. A few months later, we were able to get away (it was our anniversary) for a few days without children. We attended the boat show in Barcelona, and this is when I started to fall in love with the idea of doing this!!!!! We spent a number of hours (it was very quiet during the week) on some Ferretti and Fairline yachts, specifically the Ferretti 88 and Fairline Squadron 78. These yachts make living aboard a very easy thing to do! The only thing that was a concern to us about these particular yachts was there range. On a fill, you would only go about 400-600 nautical miles. The fuel consumption is also high due to their high cruising speed of anywhere from 25knots to 30knots.

This then led to even more research, which is when I found Mulder Yachts. These have all the luxury and living accommodations of the Ferretti and Squadron, but had much, much better range. The photo up top is of our dream yacht, the Mulder 88 Flybridge. I don't know that we will ever have this specific yacht, but it's nice to dream about!

The more that I have thought about this over the last two years, the more that I want to do it. I realize that it will be a lot of work, but feel that the experience that we will all have far outweighs the negatives. I'm sure I will have more to say in regards to this over time, we don't expect to realize it all for another few years.... especially since Little Man is still so young.

We realize that this adventure of ours will be a lot of work, and that some days will be difficult, but we really look forward to spending more time with each other, and our boys.

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