Say what? Yes, I did it, I bought a sailboat!
I’d actually been saving money to do the ”sensible thing”. I was going to buy an apartment in Valencia, the Spanish city I’d been spending most of the past three years in.
But when I started looking at apartments something just didn’t feel right. I don’t know if it was my budget, the city, or the timing, but I just couldn’t find an apartment I could actually see myself living in.
And did you know that for the same price as a cheap one-bedroom apartment in Valencia you can actually buy a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom catamaran?!
So yeah, that’s what I did. I found a nice, 23 year old catamaran in the south of Spain and bought her with the idea of sailing her to the Caribbean (and perhaps beyond…).
Minor detail: I can’t actually sail!!
Thankfully a good friend of mine has been sailing most of his life and is a boatbuilder, so he’s really been the reason I’ve been able to start this crazy adventure.
I bought the catamaran in October 2020, we then spent 7 weeks working non-stop to get a boat that I thought was already in great condition (oh how little I knew about boats…) ready for an Atlantic crossing.
And now, our sailing adventure has started!
Where is Spend Life Traveling’s Catamaran
This map is updated in real-time to show our current location, whenever our AIS (an automatic tracking system) is able to send out a signal.
You can zoom in & out on the map
Yes, I named the boat No-Mad.
Why? Well, I thought it was a funny play-on-words: I’ve spent most of my adult life traveling and moving from country to country, so I’m definitely a bit of a nomad.
But, I’m also ”not mad” for buying a sailboat without knowing how to sail. Or am I? There have definitely been days I questioned my sanity!!
Follow Where My Sailing Adventures Take Me
I try to share Instagram stories almost every day (when I have internet). So if you want to follow what I get up to on a daily basis, follow me on Instagram.
And, of course, I also plan to write articles about my sailing adventures here on the blog. So as soon as I have created anything worth publishing, I will link to it here.
For now, you might find these articles interesting:
- How to Sail Around the World? 7 Ways to Make it Happen
- Sailing From St. Maarten to the British Virgin Islands – This is when I fell in love with the idea of one day living on a sailboat
- 7 of the Best Places to Visit By Boat in Miami