TodayApril 15, 2022

Home sweet home on a sailboat

Our home is a Beneteau Oceanis 473, which for the non-boaters, means it’s 47 feet long. I won’t bore you with the technical details (yet), but the basics are the boat has two bedrooms (cabins), two bathrooms (heads), a relatively large living room (salon), and a kitchen (galley). We also have a gigantic cockpit that has twin steering wheels that allow us to fight for control — although Audrey usually wins.

We suspect that some of you are wondering where and how we spend our time (indoors) when we’re not sailing or partying. Well, when it’s not rocking and rolling on the sea or at anchor, it’s no different from being in a tiny condo — that’s always on the water. Here are a few pics that will give you an idea of what Celebration is like down below and in the cockpit (which is like our patio when we’re not underway).

Home Sailing, is where I want to be

There’re a few other practical spaces like our storage lockers/lazarettes and the engine space as well as inside cupboards, but they’re not that exciting. However, if you really want to see where we pack all of our clothing, groceries, tools, spare parts, and all the “stuff of daily life,” let us know.

By the way, we did our first sabbatical to the Bahamas from Toronto on an older 36-foot boat, so this is a mega yacht by comparison. But sailing is sailing, so off we go. 

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.