Sailing around the Caribbean ~ An Interview with part of the crew of the svkootenay!

Today I’m bringing something a little different to this little blogging paradise of mine. Maybe it’s because we had our first snowfall this weekend and I spent a good two hours shoveling the white stuff yesterday, therefore, I would love to go somewhere with white sandy beaches and a few umbrella drinks!

But, since that is not in the cards right now for me, I’ve been enjoying those imaginings vicariously through the blog svkootenay.com and I had a little interview with Sue about her, and her partner Al, life on the sea.

Sailing around the Caribbean ~ An Interview with part of the crew of the svkootenay!
Looks like a rough life eh?

 

I should probably mention that Sue also just happens to be my mom 🙂

Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and Al and why you chose to travel via sailboat?

We met a few years ago, at work, and after discussing sailboats we realized we had the same dream of sailing and living around the world.

My father was a merchant marine in WW2 who always had a love of the sea and it seems that was passed down to myself and most of my sibs.

Al traveled on a sailboat in New Zealand when he was about 15 yrs old and it left a big impression on him.  His family owned a few boats over his childhood years.

Sailing around the Caribbean ~ An Interview with part of the crew of the svkootenay!

Can you tell us about your sailboat? Size, number of berths (is that the right word for bedrooms?) etc.

We have a Brewer 42 ketch, designed by Ted Brewer.  It has 2 sleeping cabins and 2 heads (bathrooms),  It was built in 1983 in Fort Myers, Florida.

What countries have you visited so far?

We have been to USA, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala, & Mexico so far.

Sailing around the Caribbean ~ An Interview with part of the crew of the svkootenay!
This gorgeous view was in Honduras.

What has been your favorite part of your journey around the Caribbean so far?

Arriving at port safely! Also, I love experiencing the different customs and enjoying the people.

Sailing around the Caribbean ~ An Interview with part of the crew of the svkootenay!
A lovely Guatemalan woman going about her day.

 

What is the scariest thing that has happened on your travels?

The scariest thing so far has been getting caught in a black northerner in the Caymans and trying to pick up a mooring ball in 40-50 kn winds!

Are you independently wealthy? If not, how do you afford to live your dream?

We are retired & living on a very modest income.  We had paid off our mortgage beforehand and also all of our debts.  It takes a lot of money to maintain the boat and we have heard that from most fellow cruisers.

We travel to places where you can eat really cheap and we do not go into marinas and have to pay their docking fees.  We anchor everywhere we possibly can, otherwise, we couldn’t afford to do what we do.

What pieces of equipment could you not live without?

Anything that creates power, ie solar panels, wind generator, power generator, etc.  We hardly ever run the engine but it is also very important because in a pinch it creates power and gets us where we need to go.

We have also purchased a shopping cart which has been invaluable when carrying lots of groceries/booze etc and it’s a real back saver.

Sailing around the Caribbean ~ An Interview with part of the crew of the svkootenay!
Al taking down the broken wind generator.

Where else have you traveled via sailboat?

We did some shorter (month long) trips in Canada (where we are originally from) both on a freshwater lake and we also went around Vancouver Island.

What would be some advice you would give to someone looking to live on a sailboat?

Be prepared to change plans at any time or place!

Sailing around the Caribbean ~ An Interview with part of the crew of the svkootenay!
Tortugal Marina in Guatemala.

Ugh! Don’t those pictures make you want to jump on a boat in the crystal blue Caribbean? Especially if you are like me and staring out at a sea of white (snow that is!)

Thank you so much Sue (mom) for answering some of my questions about your life aboard a sailboat!

If you are interested in reading about and looking at a bunch more inspiring pictures of Sue and Al’s adventures, make sure you check out svkootenay.com. Make sure you click on the link or you can click right here to be taken on more Caribbean adventures!

Have any more questions you want me to ask Sue? Go ahead and ask in the comments below.



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