We’d been looking for many years for the right boat that could be home for us and our young daughter Remie, who luckily loves sailing too. We finally found the perfect vessel, Sea Fantasy, a 40-foot catamaran, and bought her outright. We don’t have to worry about any loans or making payments, so we can just work to live. We saved for years to afford her and really put our heart and soul into it. We’re completely off grid with solar panels for power and water desalination. We even have a washing machine onboard! The first year we bought her, we wintered in Sicily and then sailed all summer in the Med, finding some great spots to kite, particularly in Spain. As autumn arrived it was time to change continents. We ventured out the Strait of Gibraltar, down past the Canaries and Cape Verde, then my brother joined us for the Atlantic crossing which we did in 16 days, timing it as the trade winds kicked in. Now in the Caribbean we’ve visited and kited Antigua, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and Florida – we’re moving all the time.
Our boat is full of all the toys, including my paragliding and paramotoring equipment, SUP’s, twintips, foil boards. Luckily my Airwave foil kites pack down small. I’ve had to learn to launch from the boat doing water starts, which is surprisingly easy on the foil kites. I let them float downwind until they inflate. Even if I get water in the kite by mistake, I can still eventually get it to fly by letting it drain first. Packing down the foil kites is also really easy too. I just tried some wingfoiling in Martinique so that will mean even more toys onboard now. As it is easier to launch from a boat and you don’t have any lines to worry about if there are other boats nearby, I’ll be doing more of that. I will keep kiting though too, but it’s good to have different options.