Liveaboard with kids
I don’t need to sugar coat it; we love being a liveaboard with two cool kids on our Lagoon400 catamaran.
We lived in a house in the past, had the garden, the pool, the space. Our eldest even spent a year in school. We also had another boat prior to this one sitting in a marina so we didn’t really need to sell up to liveaboard, we could have had it both ways, so why did we choose to sell the house to liveaboard?
The Family Home
When we lived ashore we found ourselves spending most of our weekends looking after the house and the boat in the marina hardly got used as we couldn’t often find time. Not to mention the money we spent keeping it all up! We kept Bunnings afloat for 7 years on renovating the house. Don’t get me wrong, I loved our beautiful home. We had a pizza oven, we had renovated it to just how we wanted it and it was my own little private resort. But it didn’t make us as happy as being on the water does.
Sure there have been a few. The kids can’t invite more than a couple friends around for a play, but instead we go to the park. Quite a few toys went to good will, but we’ve gotten better at deciding what’s worth keeping now. My awesome veggie patch is gone but I have a herb garden on the starboard side that keeps my green thumb happy, I lost my king size bed to a queen size… to be honest, I’m reaching here. The way I explained it to a friend was that yes there are sacrifices for sure, but the benefits of a liveaboard lifestyle far outweigh the disadvantages for us. The things that we love about living aboard with kids are so special to us that having a house instead can’t ever compete.
Safety is always a concern. However, when we lived in a house we had safety concerns there too. Educate yourself about them and the problems are not insurmountable. Both our girls knew how to swim at an early age and I’m a trained swim teacher. The Skipper has numerous first aid qualifications and we make sure we are very safe around the water including wearing stinger suits in tropical waters. We have regular fire and abandon ship drills and plans in place in the case of an emergency. The girls run around the boat as if it were on land, they are very at home here. We usually find that when we stay in a hotel for a weekend away, that is when they hurt themselves.
Heaps! Our boat is a catamaran, just briefly, we have three cabins. The girls each have their own space and they are on a different side to us, so don’t worry, no privacy issues so far! They even have a separate bathroom and a cubby.
Living on a boat with kids is great fun, it’s just like camping only fancy..
Have you seen this video on our YouTube channel? It’s a Lego movie the girls made about our decision to sell the house to live aboard our boat. It’s really cute! Give it a like if you can! Here is the link to our Lego movie: https://youtu.be/5NN041UqfYw