Even before I first set foot on a sailboat, one of my favourites quotes has always been from Mark Twain:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
This longing for a life filled with travel just grew after learning to sail at university and then taking an epic trip from Malta to Greece, then along the whole Turkish coast from Istanbul to Iskernderun before visit Syria, Lebanon, Isreal and Egypt from the sea by a sailing boat.
I thought having a campervan would fill the gap. And it does, partly. We, somehow, more often than not, end up parked beside a body of water. Water just has this elemental pull on my soul. The irony is that I get seasick and I have a husband who is green-red colour blind … we’re a right ol’ pair! Yet we’ve taken the plunge and bought a boat.
Mariposa is a 1983 Swedish-built Maxi Fenix, 8.3 m long, 2.5 m wide at her widest point and drawing 1.5m with her iron keel. She has a forecabin, with a toilet, a main saloon with a dining table and a large kitchen for her size and the whole rear area underneath the cockpit is open for one very big family bed.
Powered by relatively new sails and her original 35 year old Volvo Penta engine she can cruise at about 4.5- 5 knots.