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 then, our sailing adventure 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
We first sailed to the Canary Islands, continued working on the boat there, and then finally sailed across the Atlantic, to Saint Lucia!
After more work on the boat and lots of exploring around Saint Lucia we have now sailed to St Maarten for, unfortunately, some more repair work.
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 try to find time to write articles about my sailing adventures.
For now, check out these sailing articles:
- My Experiences Sailing Across the Atlantic – From the Canary Islands to the Caribbean
- Sailing Around Saint Lucia: Anchorages, Sailing Tips & More
- 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