I lived with my husband on a sailboat that I bought for $1 when I was 18 – the thought scared me, but it’s as good as van life

A COUPLE have given up their traditional home to live by the sea.

Maya, a 26-year-old sailor from Canada, and her husband Aladino live full-time on a sailboat.

Maya and her husband live full-time on a sailboat


Maya and her husband live full-time on a sailboatPhoto credit: YouTube/Sailing Magic Carpet
She bought the boat as a cheaper alternative to a house


She bought the boat as a cheaper alternative to a housePhoto credit: YouTube/Sailing Magic Carpet

Instead of spending tons of money in the volatile Canadian real estate market, she decided to fix up an old sailboat and live there.

“We have a massive housing crisis here, it’s incredibly expensive. That’s why many of my friends around me have been thinking about alternative housing options,” said Maya insider.

“I thought, ‘Well, I love sailing.’ And so it seems like these two worlds can unite.”

When Maya was 18, she bought her boat for just $1. She was in her second year of college in British Columbia.

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A bike ride at the end of winter took them to the local port. As she walked by, an old boat caught her eye. This boat would eventually become Maya’s home.

On the boat’s window was the former owner’s contact information. These owners were so excited by Maya’s passion for the ship that they gave it to her for a dollar.

Maya then went on a boat restoration trip with her parents, a time she says was transformative for her.

The boat, named Curley III, is no longer part of Maya’s journey. She sold it after meeting her husband Aladino, and they lived for a time on the boat he restored.

The boat was based in the Mediterranean, but they traveled all over Europe living a tiny life on the 250 square meter boat.

While living together, their ambitions grew even more and they set their sights on the open sea.

The couple is currently working on a boat that will allow them to sail across the ocean and travel from British Columbia to Mexico.

If you want to follow their journey, here they are Youtube channel with almost 150,000 subscribers documents the restoration of the boat.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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