Many of you have asked about Vacilando so we decided to put together a boat page to show you our humble abode. One thing we always get when we bring people aboard is comments about how spacious it feels because 35 feet is generally considered to be on the average-to-small side for a cruising sailboat.Vacilando is a 1984 Cal 35, designed by the well-renowned boat designer Bill Lapworth. She’s 35′ LOA, draws 5′ and has an 11′-3″ beam. She has more room down below than earlier Cal’s and was designed mainly for the cruising couple who desired performance as well. She’s light, just 13,500 lbs. but her deep rudder digs in and she handles really well. There is over 6′ of headroom down below, tons of storage and a separate shower. She’s got an inboard Universal 35 hp Diesel and 3 blade prop that moves her along at over 6 knots when the wind dies. We carry 33 gallons of fuel, 9o gallons of water and have a 25 gallon black water holding tank. She’s a bit dated down below with her “almond” interior and rattan cabinet doors but she’s a great boat, she’s paid for, and one can never go wrong with any of the Bill Lapworth designs.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ve put together a video and photo tour below to give you a better idea of our very simple, very minimal living space. We love the freedom, the simplicity, the experiences and the amazing views that she brings us every single day. Hope you enjoy!
Yay! Loved getting to see where you live. And yes, Chris, I’d die if I had to use Mel’s closet. That girls must really love you. ;)
Amanda, you used to pack more in your suitcase to come for a one-night visit to Nashville than I can even fit in this closet. haha Seriously though, it’s much bigger than it looks, but still, you’re right. You would die. :)
Peter & Kathie Mirrasoul says
Chris, nice vid of your boat’s interior. We’re on an ’82 Cal 39 MRK III and were envious of your separate shower and freezer space. Good look at a very nice and well maintained boat! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! I just checked out your blog – Sea of Cortez… oh I’m envious. And I’m utterly fascinated by the “Blueberry” jellyfish you found. Amazing!!! Thanks for following along – we will now be checking out your adventures!
Thanks for the tour! It’s great to see where you live and get a peek into your daily lives.
Thanks, CJ – we miss you guys!
Looks beautiful! Thanks for inviting us inside your home.
Thank you for following along and taking a look!
I’m very impressed and envious of your joy.
Hey, this looks familiar. yes, ladies and gentlemen . . . we can attest that this is “exactly what their boat looks like”. Lol. It was fun seeing the video tour. You forgot to mention that the freezer makes very very cold beer!!! yuuummmmm! ~mark and nae
Ha! Yes, it does! So glad you guys got to stop by. It was great hanging with you!!
YAY!!! Finally got to see all the way through. I absolutely LOVE it guys. Love you guys. Aunt D
Love you, too, Aunt Darla!! Hopefully one day you can see it in person! xoxo
What a great video. You have a great DP working the camera. Your boat is beautiful. I love the wood work. Peace
Ken Johnson says
Great post, just finished readng your book while currently flying across country (as I write this). Yes working one of thse jobs you so aptly described. Maybe our paths will cross in the future if my wife and I get the courage you two found. Safe travels!
Thanks for reading along, Ken! (The book and the blog!) Go grab your wife and take an adventure. We’ll ice down the beer in case our paths cross. :)