Many people have asked to see photos and learn more about our sailboat home. To help you visualize the backdrop for all of our adventures at sea, we invite you to join us for a virtual tour of the Kitty Hawk. This is the first installment in a series.
Welcome aboard our family’s home, currently moored at Ashley Marina in Charleston, SC. As we go along with the tour, please feel free at any time to ask any questions you might have.
The Kitty Hawk is a 44-foot CSY WO (Walkover) sailboat with one mast, commissioned in April of 1979. She has a cockpit, forward and aft cabins, two heads, and a galley – don’t worry, more details on those will come later in the tour!
When we got married in September of 2008, the Kitty Hawk had been in storage in Honduras for about a year and a half and needed a lot of work to prepare for the life we had in mind – namely, traveling the world! We spent almost four months in early 2009 working long days to get her seaworthy. In that time we:
- gave the engine a complete tune-up
- replaced our main anchor and around 500 clamps and hoses
- made a whole new galley table and counter top and a new table for the cockpit
- stripped and re-varnished all the wood
- put in a washer
- re-built the fridge and freezer box and added insulation
We set sail together for the first time in late April 2009. Over the next couple of years we would also replace the oven and build an engine-driven de-salinator that makes up to 50 gallons of fresh water an hour, as well as many other improvements.
As you can see, the Kitty Hawk has many of the amenities of your average home, including a porch with a nice view of the backyard and neighbors:
It is of course complete with a grill for all those afternoon barbeques:
If you look up, you’ll notice we also have a pretty good view of the sky:
As well as several solar panels and a wind turbine to capture a lot of free extra power…
And a pretty great solar drying system set up for all of those diapers!
So that’s an exterior look at the Kitty Hawk. This concludes the first stop in our virtual tour – I hope you have enjoyed it so far! To see more of what’s below deck, follow along and stay tuned!