Xalya: two years as a family in the West Indies

Published on 23 march 2018 at 0h00

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We saved up for this project; we sold our house… We also sold the big truck and replaced it with a small, economical car. We stopped going out to restaurants, all our savings were for our voyage. We haven’t inherited, or won on the lottery. We prepared our project over 5 years, starting with the purchase of the boat. The question of a choice between a monohull and a catamaran never arose, as the boat was to be our home for the years to come, and we wanted a cabin for each of our children. We added a wind generator, solar panels, heating (because we were leaving from Canada in the fall), a watermaker and a freezer. Some people said to me, before we left: ‘you have no experience at sea’, to which I replied: ‘yes, of course, but you have to start somewhere!’ We left Lake Champlain in the fall of 2016, sailing on the Intracoastal. We crossed the Gulf Stream heading for Bimini in the Bahamas, then followed the usual route to get to the West Indies – Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, then the BVIs. The return to Quebec is planned ...

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