The Antares 44i

“You have lived in land-locked Alberta all of your life and now you’re planning to move on to a sailboat? What on earth made you decide that?”

This is a question we hear often. Three years ago, we were visiting Oaxaca in southern Mexico, looking at where and how we would like to live as we contemplated our next life adventure. We had three criteria: heat, simplicity, and adventure. After little success with several possibilities (land, tent, condos, homes) we happened to be looking over a secluded cove and saw two catamaran sailboats anchored lazily in the teal-green water. We were immediately intrigued.

Our next step was a visit to our first of many boat shows, the Simply Sail in Oakland, April 2006. We were awestruck and immediately hooked. We crawled onto every boat, attended all of the seminars we could and began to see that we were impossibly ignorant about sailing.

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