Kool Kats: Silver nomads yachting full-time 18



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Thanks for all the positive feedback to my first post, I really appreciate it.

As you may remember, my husband and I bought a catamaran in the Caribbean and we have just finished our 14th month living aboard full-time. We have spent this time cruising through Eastern Caribbean islands during winter (November-June) and basically staying put in Grenada during the very hot and sticky summer months. People stay in Grenada or further south in Trinidad to ensure they are near or outside the hurricane belt; East of 98°W and West of 60°W, and between the Latitudes 10°N and 30.5°N according to our insurance policy. This doesn’t guarantee you won’t be in the path of a hurricane but the probability is greatly reduced.


After 14 months I’ve got a much better geographic handle on the region than when I first started. The Eastern Caribbean is a formation of islands, known amongst yachties as ‘the chain’, which curve from Puerto Rico in the north down to Trinidad in the south. Many of the islands are separate countries which their names I now recall seeing from watching Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies!

We have met yachties from all over the world who come to cruise in this beautiful region. The islands have strikingly similar heritages from the Taino, Arawak or Carib Indians in 900-1500AD through to discovery by Columbus and then various ‘owners’ like Spain, France, Netherlands, Denmark, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). Some are still British, French, American or Dutch, but many gained independence.

We are currently on the small island of Culebra in Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States and has a major Spanish influence. We won’t be sailing any further north this season and will soon start our journey back down the island chain to Grenada. This gives us plenty of time to monitor the weather and sail when the conditions are most suitable. It also provides us with some exploration time on some of the islands we didn’t visit on the way up or some we wish to revisit.

Some of the islands are very commercially focused and have a large boat-charter presence whilst others are quite remote and untouched. We prefer the latter although the commercial ones are valuable when provisioning or requiring yacht services.


Mostly our days are filled exploring whichever island we happen to be on, provisioning, relaxing or doing boat chores. As an example, yesterday we caught a local bus with another couple to Playa Flamenco, a beautiful beach 10 minutes out of town. After walking the length of the beach we hiked through the bush to a more remote beach with reefs for snorkelling. We had a great find when we observed an octopus swimming and adapting to his environment – they normally stay tucked away in their home! We ate dinner at a great little restaurant and then called it a night. Today, we have done some washing but mostly reading and catching up on internet activities. Tomorrow we are catching the ferry to Fajardo on Puerto Rico ($1US for a 1hr trip for seniors) to do some non-food shopping (really cheap US prices) and we’ll probably go a 2nd day by ferry to hire a car and visit the capital, San Juan, and the rainforest.


Sometimes we travel with other boats and it’s amazing how many times we can pull into an anchorage and recognise another boat from our time spent in Grenada. Happy hour is either enjoyed on shore in a yachtie-friendly bar or on someone else’s boat. People arrive with something to eat and their own drinks including glasses, ice and even limes. If there aren’t too many people it can result in a game of cards, Canadian-game Wizard is a favourite, or just a night of drinking and sharing stories.

I hope this gave you a taste of what this silver nomad’s life is like and if you have any questions about our life on board please make a comment below. The islands are so interesting that I plan to focus on some in future posts.


If you would like to follow us we have a Facebook page called Team Kool Kat.

Cheers, Silver Nomad Sue.


 Tell us, have you ever gone yachting? Would you like to? 

Sue Warner

Born in Australia 61 years ago, I am an active retiree who loves a challenge. This is how I find myself living in the Caribbean on a boat, full-time, with my husband. I am a Nana and a Mum who spent most of my working life in the Victorian TAFE sector, initially as a teacher and finally as an administrator. I love my life and feel very blessed. My blogs are focused on our life in the Caribbean and I hope you enjoy them. suemalkoolkat.wordpress.com

  1. no I get sea sick..but I did go on a cruise..I got some tablets from the doctor, the sea was very rough but I just focused my eyes at one point on the ship so I didn’t notice it rising up and down as much 🙂

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    • Hey Libbi. Thanks for your comment. Seasickness is the pits! I used to get very seasick in Oz when we had a monohull bit I find the Catamaran (twin hull) a lot more to my liking. Cheers, Sue.

  2. So jealous Sue, my Dad spent the last 15 yrs of his life living & sailing on his Yacht up & down the Qld Coast, Best yrs of his life, we did trips with him & LOVED it, just love the people you meet & things you see, if I had my way it would be the way I live out my days, Happy Sailing.

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    • Hi Lyn, thanks for your comments. It must have been a lovely time to share with your father creating fabulous memories :). You’re so right about meeting people; we love that aspect and have made some great friendships. Cheers, Sue

  3. So envious, but i dont have a dream destination, just keep sailing would be my dream

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    • Thanks for your comments June. We can keep sailing for a few years 🙂

  4. I get seasick but we are going to Norway Aug on a small,luxury cruise ship but they assure me the ship sails close to shore so should be ok. Went to Vanuatu on p&o line and had to take tablets. Cruise around Greek Islands was fine. Whale watching was a disaster but I love being in water. ⛵️

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    • Thanks for your comments Janice. Enjoy the cruise in August. Tablets are a necessity as backup! Cheers, Sue

  5. sounds heavenly, I would love to spend some time sailing round the Greek Islands.

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    • Yes Diana, the Greek islands would be awesome. We’ve met lots of Aussies who loved sailing off Croatia and Turkey. Aah, perhaps one day 🙂 Cheers, Sue.

  6. No way I’m a land lubber through and through I get sea sick

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    • Hi Jacque. Fully appreciate the landlubber status; there isn’t anything nice about seasickness. I know as I’ve had lots of experience when sailing in Oz. The combination of a catamaran and calmer Caribbean waters help me. Cheers, Sue

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