This post is going to be a bit different. This post was asked for by my Insta-Stories tribe! I was recently playing with the new QUESTION feature on Instagram and did a Q&A. One question I was sent was: "What is your favorite TV Show"? My answer was that - "I don't own a TV. I didn't have a real interest in TV because I grew up on a boat and did not have a TV."
Well, that touched off a ton of questions about growing up and living on a boat. I asked my Insta-Stories tribe if they would like me to do a blog post about living on a boat and 92% of them said YES! I asked them to submit questions they had and I would answer them in this blog post - which brings us full circle! I am sharing what it was like to grow up on a boat and answering all the questions.
Scroll down to learn about my childhood on a sailing boat
and read through all the questions my Instagram Stories Tribe sent over↓
Growing Up On A Boat
My dad is the sailor in the family. Sailing around the world has always been a dream of his. He even told my mom on their first date that his dream was to get a boat and sail around the world! In 1992, when i was 6, my parents packed up the house, left their jobs in corporate America and took my 2 brothers, my sister and I, and left the United States.
At the time - it was not common to drop your life in the US, pull your kids out of school and set sail. But that is exactly what my parents did. A lot of people thought my parents were crazy. But my mom always said the best thing they could ever give us was "their time". She was right. Mom's almost always are, huh?
Q How old were you? I was 6 years old when we left Seattle, WA
Q: What kind of boat did you live on? We lived on a Ron Holland 52' foot sailboat
Q: What was your boat's name? Our boat was called BLAZE - like Blaze a Trail 😉
My childhood had very unconventional elements. When we left on the boat trip in 1992, there were no iPhones for communication. The internet was barely around at that time. When we were out on the open seas - we were on our own. There were no stores out in the ocean - no Targets or Safeway's to stop at for food or toiletries. What we ate is what we caught from the sea and what fruit or vegetables we could find on the islands. That meant a LOT of fish on the menu and canned food. When it rained you always stood outside with a bucket so we could catch and store the fresh water. No water taste as good as fresh rainwater from a tropical storm. Part of our science lessons was learning how to navigate by the sun and stars with a sextant. We were always on the go to new places and meeting new people.
We sailed across the Pacific stopping in countries like Fiji, Tonga, American Soma, Bora Bora, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Australia. For over 2 years we sailed and explored the South Pacific. We met so many different people, families, sailors, and boats along the way. We came back to the States when I was about 8 years old.
Q: Did you get seasick? Yes, I got seasick on the boat, especially during big storms and rough seas
Q: How did you go to school? I was homeschooled by my mom and my dad. My dad handled math and science. My mom handled reading, writing and everything else. There was a lot of 'Hooked on Phonics' books!
This was our Chrismas Card photo in 1992. This was taken in Fiji. The sailing trip was truly a life-changing experience and really bonded us as a family. It also gave me the serious travel bug. My whole family was similarly affected. Not long after returning to the States - we moved to the South of France for Junior High, but that is a story for another day 🙂
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