47″ Leopard Catamaran Photo Tour: Downsizing to Live Aboard

Have you ever wanted to live on board a boat!?! We lived on our leopard catamaran and it was more enjoyable than you might think!
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In January of 2013, with government sequester looming, we decided it was time to sell our beautiful home and downsize. The real estate market was in the tank, so our house would not sell quickly (or so we thought.) When our house hit the market in March 2013 it was quickly snatched up and we had a closing date fast approaching. Unfortunately we had no traditional place ready to live. But we did have a boat.

Downsizing to live aboard our 47″ Leopard Catamaran boat ended up being one of the best decisions we ever made. Come inside and see our photo tour!

Downsizing to live aboard our 47" Leopard Catamaran boat ended up being one of the best decisions we ever made. Come inside and see our photo tour!

Moving Onboard Indigo

We were in the midst of purchasing a 47’ Leopard sailing catamaran. We would close on her March 25, 2013. April 19, 2013 was the scheduled date for our home closing. It worked out perfectly! On March 26, 2013 in the midst of a snowstorm Jim sailed our new boat back to Norfolk, Virginia to begin some modifications to make her into a liveaboard.

Have you ever wanted to live on board a boat!?! We lived on our leopard catamaran and it was more enjoyable than you might think!

We lived onboard Indigo for a year until we came down to Florida. We started looking for marinas to keep her in during the winter months. We wanted easy access for sailing to the Bahamas. We ultimately found Indigo’s marina home in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Have you ever wanted to live on board a boat!?! We lived on our leopard catamaran and it was more enjoyable than you might think!

Onboard Indigo

Though we are no longer are liveaboards, we do sail on her for extended periods of time. The 2014-2015 sailing season found us cruising the Bahamas for sixteen weeks. This is quite  stretch of time to spend onboard.

Have you ever wanted to live on board a boat!?! We lived on our leopard catamaran and it was more enjoyable than you might think!

She is quite a comfortable boat, boasting two staterooms with ensuite bathrooms, and one hull dedicated to our stateroom, office, storage closets, and bathroom with a fully enclosed shower. She will sleep eight, and we have room to entertain ten to twelve.

Have you ever wanted to live on board a boat!?! We lived on our leopard catamaran and it was more enjoyable than you might think!

We hope to spend a bit of time in the Bahamas again this winter season before we sail up the East Coast in mid-Spring 2017.

Have you ever wanted to live on board a boat!?! We lived on our leopard catamaran and it was more enjoyable than you might think!

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Betsi Hill is a freelance travel writer and travel blogger; adventurer and foodie. As the founder and editor of Betsi’s World she shares all about travel, sailing, culture, and food. Betsi loves to spend smart and maximize travel dollars with a side of luxury! She can most often be found on the hunt for a perfect beach, seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures or sailing the blue sea with her husband. Her travel experience is wide and varied, spanning 23 countries on five continents. Betsi has been featured in Sailing Life Magazine, and has been a featured guest contributor to Word Traveling, Big World, Small Pockets, The Idyll, A Traveler’s Postcard, and Where is Noodles?.

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