Blue water cruising

On Cloud Nine! A year after setting out, here's the low down on life on board the Cataja…

Published on 01 october 2014 at 0h00

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We have been in a relationship for 12 years, and throughout this time have always made a point of having joint projects, something which we believe to be essential in the life of any happy couple... Buying our first house, the birth of our first child, our latest investment, our marriage, our travels, our second and third bambinos... All great, successfully accomplished projects. After all these years, and having spent so much time homebuilding, we began to think about getting away from it all, but it did take a while to come to fruition!...

It all began one summer day in 2007 when Antoine suggested that we spend a week's holiday with a couple of friends, on a charter catamaran... At that time, Malo was 3 and a half years old, and Elian just 8 months. The idea didn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm. You can imagine that as a mother, all I could think about was my little guy deciding to take a trip overboard! Thankfully, my fears were unfounded, and we spent a wonderful week around Porquerolles in the South of France. We continued to charter a catamaran in each of the following years, and every time we enjoyed it just as much and were always impatient for the next holiday to come around...

"What if we left everything behind and set off in a catamaran? We could travel the world in our home with our kids. We'd have a different outlook at breakfast-time each morning if we wished, we'd meet loads of new people and we could just go wherever we felt like going...." ...

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