Bonjour friends. It is time for another amazing traveling family, to be more specific, a sailing family. The Beckers family is sailing with their two kids after a two-year hiatus and they could not be happier to get back to their boat Marionette. They met in Galapagos, became a couple in Marquesas and had two kids along the way. And the rest is yet unwritten.
We know its scary, but after you take the first step it’s likely you won’t go back! And most worries you had before will vanish! ~ Catherine
The Beckers family is committed to reducing their carbon footprint, remaining self-sustaining and raising fearless mini sailors. Sounds like a magical childhood, right? I just love their sense of adventure and commitment to living true to their passion.
Ok, enough of my chatting, grab your coffee and get comfortable. It’s time to be inspired by this sailing family.
Introduce us to the people you live with?
Markus Beckers- The Husband, Captain & Super Dad
Markus is a relaxed, (maybe too relaxed) person, who takes everything like it comes. you can throw anything at him and he will make it better and find a solution. He is the rock of the family. He is the Hero for our two kids that love him more than anything. Markus is just a very chilled person, that follows his dream. He bought “Marionette” our boat when he was 25 years old and did his circumnavigation on her. Its Markus dream to live on the boat and see the world.
Catherine Beckers- The wife, mum and explorer
Catherine met Markus in Galapagos and joined his boat there as crew. In the islands of Marquesas they became a couple. Catherine learned to sail with Markus and now shares his dream of being a sea vagabond. “It was really a different way of living that I didn’t know before, and I just love it!” To be free! You never know how the day will be, it’s never boring. you make so many new friends that share your passion for the sea and the world. Catherine is a happy person that loves to explore the world, she is the one that keeps the family organized.
Kai Tohea- superstar #1
Kai is our two-year old son. He was born in Taiohae, a little town in the Marquesas island. He is our little monster, that never sits still! He loves to do EVERYTHING! Kai is full with energy and adapts to every environment we put him in. He’s always been a traveler and seen a lot of places people dream of. He is just a happy little boy who loves to make new friends everywhere he goes. He loves to be in the water and play on the beach. He loves animals and people. And he is a super eater!
Alizé Anuvai- superstar #2
Our little princess is just six month old, and like her brother, she adapts to everything. She is a happy little soul that loves the water and to hang out with her family. She is the happiest when Kai gives her attention and plays with her. Alizé loves to put everything she finds in her mouth and drool.
Where are you in the world and what are you living in?
We are in the canary islands and are living on our boat Marionette.
Why did you choose to live in your current arrangement?
We love to travel and the sea. So it is the best way for us to live our dreams.
What do you do to personalize your unique (less traditional) living situation?
We bring our home with us, everywhere we go.
Tell us your favorite and least favorite room in your space and why?
Well, now we are living on land with the boat, getting her ready to put in the water. So we can’t really be outside now, otherwise I think the cockpit is my favorite place. Your outside, you mostly have a beautiful backyard of an island and clear water. If you throw a little piece of bread in the water you might have little fish or a turtle come and eat it! Its wonderful! The least favorite is the cockpit locker! If you need to get to something that’s in there….gaaahh… you have to take everything out!! And the whole boat is a mess! Not fun!
What is the biggest misconception you had about your current living situation before you started living in it?
Before I started sailing I thought that it was for rich people! I remember being on holiday with my parents when I was little and we always walked through marinas with big EXPENSIVE yachts! It never crossed my mind that it was even possible to sail around the world if you weren’t a millionaire!
What do you miss most about permanent, stationary, traditional living?
Our family and friends… fast internet…
What is the one item your children carry with them to make their unique (less traditional) home more comfortable?
Sunglasses and life jackets.
What is your best resource to get items you need for your place?
Friends and we always try to buy secondhand if we can, otherwise sadly it is expensive marine shops.
If you could only have one of the following in your home which one would it be and why?
Space, natural light, dishwasher or above average internet.
Well at this time and place I would say above average internet… as we are trying to get our YouTube channel going… and its a pain every time we try to upload an episode!
How do you keep traditions alive for your family in your unique living situation?
We don’t have strong traditions in our family that I can think of. But what we really are keeping is the language! Markus speaks German with the kids and I speak Spanish with them. So they can speak to our family and friends when we see them. Markus and I also speak English with each other as it’s our common language.
How do you decorate for the holidays in your unique (less traditional) home or do you skip it all together?
We have not spent a big holiday on the boat yet with the kids. Previously we have put Christmas lights on the boat, but that’s about it. Now with the kids we might make a bigger effort.
What is your favorite part about this lifestyle choice?
First, we see the world in the best way. Second, we reduce our carbon footprint on the world. We try to be as sustainable as possible by not taking cars or planes. Plus, we use solar energy. Finally, we have a different backyard every time we move! It never gets boring!
Many traveling families subscribe to the “house is not a home” theory. What is home to you?
Well for us that statement is not true. The boat is our house and it is our home. We just bring it with us everywhere we go!
What makes you love the place you live?
My Family, and that we are together always.
Can home be a person, or an idea?
I definitely think it can be! It does not have to be a material thing!
Words of wisdom to anyone considering venturing out into the world of unique, less traditional homes?
YOU CAN DO IT! We know its scary, but after you take the first step it’s likely you won’t go back! And most worries you had before will vanish!
What is next for you? Will you continue to live in your current home or try something different?
We just got back to our boat after almost two years on land! Hopefully we will stay here for a while and we hope that the kids love it as well!
If you have children what are your plans for education?
Our kids are still little, but we think of it and we would love to be able to homeschool them when the time comes. We have friends who have done it before and it seems to work really good! A lot of work, but the best option if you are ready for it!
Quote to ponder:
YOU CAN DO IT!
Amazing, right? Life unfolds in mysterious ways. Could you take to the open waters? I know it is on our dream list and this family definitely gives me hope that it is possible.
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