trimaran life is not going as expected

NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED (rough start)

A new adventure begins as we set sail for what almost feels like the first time again.  We’re jumping off the deep end here and no doubt many will call us cavalier.  Because we’re taking a 47-foot Trimaran, a type of boat we have never sailed and have zero experience on, out to sea on an offshore passage.

Would we have liked a test sail first???  Of course!  But it was a quick handover, the weather was fickle, and here we are.  But it’s certainly not our first offshore passage and we like a good challenge.  And a challenge is exactly what we got!

Grab your popcorn because this one is a rollercoaster.

Hindsight is 20/20 and sometimes ignorance is bliss.  Had we known what we were in for, there are so many times we wouldn’t have left the dock…this one included.  But at the end of the day, it all worked out.  We live, we learn, and we explore.  See you next week!


S/V Supernova

Supernova is a NEEL 47 Trimaran.  You can see a full tour of her here: and if you want to continue to follow her journey with Katy and Craig, you can find them here:




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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (12)

  • Floyd A Johnson III

    Hi Guyz,

    Here is a suggestion for a hydroponic system that I feel will work on your new boat.
    “Vevor hydroponic growing kit.” I would suggest the 2 layer system to start with. It comes with everything
    except a 5 gallon plastic, covered pail which you will need to hold your solution.
    Check it out.
    Best regards,

  • TJ

    Love your videos! Please get some friends with a Rapedo 60, would love to see you guys sail one!

  • Judy Goodson

    This looked like a pretty rough sail to me. What rough seas and lousy weather – and in a huge boat you weren’t familiar with! I’m not even sure where you were, maybe close to Seattle??

    Incidentally, I love your haircut , Nikki.

  • Dan A

    So love your enthusiasm. Even in the hard sail, it’s still sailing so you are doing what you love! That’s part of what I love on your channel , your optimism and joy, no matter how it’s going there is something to be grateful for and enjoy that moment!

    We’d love to see you in Dallas! Details please!

  • Jess

    I’m laughing WiTh you; We moved into RV life full-time in 2020 and have been dealing with storm after storm here in the Pacific Northwest where we missed our snow window to escape further south for the winter.

    Boat or RV life equates to living in the weather rather than having it occur around you unnoticed as life goes on in a little box house. All travel means watching the weather and chasing the sun.

    We had to close up and move spots in a windy downpour around New Year’s Eve in the dark because huge branches started dropping around us when an ice storm moved in. It resulted in the slide-in dumping buckets of water all over the inside of the RV and a night sleeping at an angle because it was too messy & dark outside to level the rig until the storm calmed. Meanwhile, the wind rocks everything… which is like sailing, only on land, and without the romantic ambiance of tropical waters. 🤣🤣

    Still, a bad day/night in the weather beats a sunny day in a box. …OK, unless we’re talking hurricane or blizzard bomb. Then a secure box would be nice, not gunna lie.

    Happy to hear you made it without scratches, dragging, or sinking. (Though I sort of knew that as a Patron a bit ago – still.)

    Always look forward to your sailing adventures! Thank you so much for your videos over the years! You had a big hand in our starting RV life, and now you’ve convinced the husband we need to be living boat life, though that won’t be quite the same as we have to work locally in the PNW.
    Point being, you two are inspiring, bad weather and all! Keep going!

  • Alan Solomon

    Hello. I know minimal about sailing but at 9:43 your sail seems a bit bumpy and rough. That puppy is up and down, swaying side to side and moving all around. Lots of creaks and squeaks too. Is your wind that way because you are so close to land or even though you are experienced, is it the open ocean there??

    Anyways, nice to see your smiling faces. Great experience and expertise from you both in this excerpt.

    Regarding your music which I was listening to in this video. It reminded me of a Joakim Karud song titled “Waves” you shared 2 or 3 years ago. I have always been a hard rocking guitar type person if you know what I mean. Zeppelin, Clapton, Hendrix and more. But even after 2 or 3 years, every so often that Joakim Karud song will come into my head, and I have to search it out and play it a few times because I like it. I need to satisfy myself listening to it a few times. Thanks N and J.

  • Bill

    Please tell us about your thoughts of the Neel and compare to your other experiences on cats… thanks

  • William J Wells

    What a ride!! Love your intro photo. Enjoy watching your experiences. The Dolphins were awesome. Looks like the owners have some glitches to work out. Have fun visiting with the family.

  • Michael

    Well, just fun and games, isn’t it? Ah, adventure!

    I noticed that the outer hulls appear to pivot on the center one. That seems to make for a rocky, side-to-side ride. I think that makes a trimaran something I would not want. Weight makes if much more difficult to lift a hull on a cat.

    Thanks for a good and informative video. And the beautiful skies.

  • Steve Glary

    Let’s see. You wintered over in New Zealand. Then just as Spring was popping up down under, you flew to the US just in time to catch Winter in the US. So, you will have extra, extra long Winter of 2022/23. I was envious when you were in the South Pacific, but I don’t envy you now. Winter sux on the water!

  • Pamela W

    Great job!! I’m sure they’re glad the Texas cowboy & cowgirl were at the helm to grab the reins and navigate the stampede out of the danger zone and back into the peaceful valley!! 🤠 Yee Haw!!

  • John S.

    WIth the camera set up and hand-held video it seems like that tri is very sensitive to waves and cross winds. More sensitive than a monohull or a cat.


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