imageAfter our backpacking extravaganza we decided to start our life in St Maarten. Luuck lived there for a number of years beforehand and already had a job lined up. After a year or so of traveling we were beyond broke and needed to make some moola. No better place to do this than on a beautiful Caribbean island - no need to twist my arm!! We worked hard and played hard- payed our debit off from travels and saved some money in the meantime as well!

We were ready for our next adventure- backpacking through South America- then something happened- totally life changing- we were with child!! This threw a monkey wench in our plans. St Maarten we continued to live and work saving money. We had Stormer on the French side via c section in October 22, 2011. Parenthood still to this day is the greatest adventure of all- I love being a mommy and seeing my now 2 boys learn and grow. More on mommyness later....

Shortly after Stormer we had island fever bad and the need for change was knocking. We went to visit friends on a boat they were watching. We spent 25 minutes to say a quick hello on the boat and walking up the dock back to the car I said, "I think we should buy a boat". Luuck had a quick response, "ok"! And that is what we did! I kid you not- from the time we decided that on the dock that day it took a month....A MONTH- to be under contract to buy our first boat- a freedom 32. Yolo was the first boat we saw!! She was priced right (under 40k) and in good condition. It was fate. Irresponsible....maybe...Crazy....yes....lucky....very!! I had zero sailing experience. The only boat with sails I was ever on was a party cat for a day where I got hammered (before baby). Luuck had some experience but not as much as one would think- we both had a lot of learning.

Our families always expected crazy from us but this move they thought we were insane. It was shock if not a joke. It wasn't easy at first but now our families support and some even love the life style we chose. Our thought process was we'd do this for a year. We were paying 1500usd in rent plus utilities for a one bedroom apartment in St Maarten. We wouldn't "lose"anything in that year if we decided not to like it. It's like paying rent. Naive...silly us....Yolo was on the hard for 3 years and while still in "good condition" needed some TLC. We had to put some money into her...new batteries, hot water tank, solar panel to name a few. We quickly learned it takes you about 2x 's longer to get anything done on a boat and it is twice as much work. Right away we loved living on the boat -even stormer. It was his very own little pirate ship. It wasn't all hunky dory tho- we mother f'ed Yolo a few times- questioned a number of times as to why are we doing this- got stuck in squalls in the short day sails we did around st Maarten to learn. We finally got all systems up and running and got the confidence to start island hopping on Yolo, which was 8 months from the time we bought her. We stuck it out and the payoff was and is amazing. Here we are today still island hopping with a bigger boat and extra crew member...