The crew

We are a family of two adults, three children and a dog living aboard in South West England.



The boat

Tarquilla was built in a back garden in Keynsham, England and launched at Bristol harbour in 1975. She is a 42 foot cold-moulded plywood catamaran. She was a family project for her previous owners and a labour of love.

We bought her in Spring 2011 ready for our big adventure, moved her from Falmouth in Cornwall to Topsham in Devon and moved on-board in August that year. After lots of cleaning, painting and repair work she was ready to go.

She is now our much loved home and travelling companion.

The Crew

The skipper (Mark)

Can turn his hand to most things whether it's repairing engines, replacing rotten wood, building kayaks or running up something on his sewing machine. He has kept Tarquilla afloat through the big adventure and is now working on refitting her. He is also in the process of setting up Drifted Art - hand built kayaks and other practical and decorative items. 

The deckhands

Aged 4, 7 and 8 when we set off on the big adventure, the boys love everything boaty. They worked hard to become useful crew members. As well as learning lots at boat school and from the world around them, they have taught us a lot about different ways to look at the world.
They are now back in formal schooling and starting on their GCSE's. They also enjoy dinghy sailing and kayaking.

The sea dog(s)

Susie was our much loved friend. We were looking for a new dog, she was looking for a new family and she was perfect. She was a big part of the family and crew for 7 years until sadly we had to say goodbye but we are so glad that she shared most of our adventure and remember her fondly.

In December 2016 we adopted Bailey, a Kelpie puppy who needed a new home. He is very cute and we are looking forward to many adventures with him in the future.


Teacher, helm, rope thrower and general cleaner whilst we were travelling. I have now returned to my other love, nursing.

Where else can you see us?

Click here to find Tarquilla on facebook:

To find out more about the big adventure:

Yachting Monthly Feb 2015 Cruising log Learning from a new way of life

Bloc Marine Atlantique 2014 (the French nautical almanac) we are visible on the visitors pontoon in the photo of Brest – Le Moulin Blanc on p607
Find some contributions from us on:

Delighted to be on this list with some amazing bloggers and adventurers:

and this list too from Behan on s/v Totem who have an amazing blog, well worth a look:

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