One of the most frequent questions we get is why are we doing this? Who decided this was a good idea?
First, let's give some background! When Owen was a kid, his parents took him to live in Italy for 2 years. Even though he was young (5 & 6), it was a formative experience for him and he still remembers it fondly.
I also have some experience as a child visiting Spain, and France. I went to Spain 3 different times with my Dad, my Dad/Brother or my whole family, and I have quite a few tales from each of those trips.
So, when Owen raised the idea of wanting to give our kids an adventure too, I was already onboard. After tossing a few ideas around, somehow the idea of sailing came up. I said, "Sure. Why not give it a try?" And here we are!
Owen started sailing in 2017, while I go started a year later in 2018. We bought Tiamat at essentially the same time in 2018. That's right, I was finishing up my sailing classes when we were purchasing a 44' catamaran.
One of my favorite memories is when we got her into port into Coyote Point. The harbormaster, Mark Bettis, (now our good friend) looked our boat up and down. He asked me how long I had been sailing and I told him about a month. His jaw dropped!
It's been a few years and I already wouldn't trade the adventures that our boat has brought us for anything. I can't wait for more!