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Tips and Advice to Ensure your Teen Liveaboard Experience is a Positive One
By Erin Carey, and Sara and Lee Rice of Catalpa II
Lee and I grew up on the East Coast of Australia, where our lives were full of outdoor adventures such as surfing, fishing, and camping. We’d always enjoyed the ocean, so when our children were born, it also became part of their lives. Since we lived close to one of the world’s best surfing beaches, we spent a lot of time there.
At the time, our family life was quite normal. Lee and I ran our own business, and the kids were in school. While we never considered ourselves financially rich, we had everything we needed. Still, something inside us yearned for a life of adventure. We dreamed of sailing away and traveling the world.
When Lee and I both lost a parent, we realized life was too short. We hadn’t purchased a home on land because we wanted our future to be spent sailing the world while living on a boat. So, in 2014, while Taj was nine and Bella was eight, we purchased a 44-foot sailing boat named Catalpa. A lot of maintenance was required, but before long, we’d taken the kids out of school and set off to follow our dreams.
Many might have called us crazy, but it’s been the best decision we’ve
ever made. The kids were always the number one concern, and we were clear that if they ever wanted to return to land, we’d do that. Fast forward to today, and we’ve upgraded to a 53-foot boat called Catalpa II, which gives us plenty more room. Taj is now 17, Bella is 16, and they’ve now lived half their lives sailing the world on a boat...
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