May 6, 2014

It’s getting cold here. The crew of s/v Convivia has concluded that cold is stupid and, upon concluding that, realized that we don’t have to stand for it. We have a portable life and I have every programmer’s dream boss who said (way back when I was hired) that he didn’t care where I do my work as long as I do it well.

So we have decided to take this portable lifestyle of ours and move to the Great Barrier Reef for the season*. We have to be back for the Logan’s visit in September, which gives us almost exactly 4 months to enjoy the reef. We plan to leave late May or early June (I want to be in the tropics for my birthday, if possible).

Our next four months are going to be an interesting new chapter. We’ve done living aboard while homeschooling. We have done proper cruising (two parents, homeschooling, and traveling). We have done living aboard with the kids in school, while I worked. Now we will try our hands at cruising, while I work. We haven’t decided yet if we will put the kids in school or homeschool, we’ll figure that out as we go.

One possible route

One possible route

Our first two weeks will be a vacation (as we move north) and then we’ll have to find home. Maybe it will be an island home for four months, maybe a new harbor every week. A lot will depend on how much reliable internet there is and how easy it is to keep the kids busy while I work.

There will be a lot of unknowns but one thing we all know for certain is that we are happier and healthier (as a family) when we are in nature. With luck and a little care we can slip right back into a life that is governed more by the rising and setting of the sun than by school and bus schedules.

  • Vick wants me to acknowledge that we won’t actually be living on the reef, but in nearby islands and mainland harbors.


  1. Comment by svceolmor

    svceolmor May 6, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Yes! Very excited for you and the crew. What’s the point of living on a boat if you don’t go move to an island for a bit? Looking forward to seeing what kind of beauty you find. 🙂

  2. Comment by Auntie Judy

    Auntie Judy May 6, 2014 at 4:06 am

    OK, now I’m really in awe. The GBR is one of the most unforgettably beautiful and amazing places I’ve ever been (and I’m looking out on LInekin Bay as I type). We wish you smooth sailing and a glorious season in those waters. Love, Judy, Chuck and Sam xoxo

  3. Comment by Leah Markham via Facebook

    Leah Markham via Facebook May 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    you guys will have a great 4 months there! that is a very happy thumbs up! we loved our time there, and very excited to take kids back one day soon!

  4. Comment by Chris Jaquette

    Chris Jaquette May 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Great news! We are excited for you all. Soak up the adventure for all of us temporary armchairers.

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