Breaking in the Catalina 30: Sailing With Kids

Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares photos of her young daughters on a Catalina 30 sailboat

We’re officially three trips in with the new Catalina 30 sailboat—one overnight trip with Jeff and I, one overnight trip with both girls and one day trip with both girls.

I’ll be perfectly honest—we haven’t gotten out on the water a whole lot so far, but we were able to get one sail up with the girls on Lake Muskegon with the whole family, so we considered that a win. Jeff and I are going to go up today to finish setting up the lifeline netting and to finally try our hand at a sail on the big lake before we try it with the girls.

We knew going into this that the first few years would be a lot more about hanging out at the marina with little day sails when the girls are on their best behavior and the weather is cooperating. The pool at Great Lakes Marina was a big draw (Arden has shown us that she’s not a fan of it, but Zel loves it), and we love that we’re so close to multiple gorgeous beaches where we can play in the sand and watch the sunset.

We’re still learning how to adapt to some of the challenges of “living on a boat” while we’re in Muskegon—converting our main living area to a toddler bedroom, naps in the v-berth, dealing with public meltdowns with 100 other boats in close proximity, where to put all of our stuff while we’re there, the bedtime routine, etc. It’s not always perfect or pretty, but it’s our little adventure.

Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares photos of her young daughters on the deck of a Catalina 30 sailboat
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares photos of her young daughters playing on the deck of a Catalina 30 sailboat in Muskegon
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her young daughter in swimmies climbing out of a Catalina 30 cabin
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her young daughter in swimmies climbing out of a Catalina 30 cabin
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her young daughters in the cabin of a Catalina 30 sailboat
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her young daughters snacking in the cabin of a Catalina 30 sailboat
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her young family in the cabin of a Catalina 30 sailboat
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her one year old napping in the v-berth of a Catalina 30 sailboat
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo the cabin of a Catalina 30 sailboat set up for a one year old
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her husband and daughters at Great Lakes Marina in Muskegon, Michigan
Michigan wedding and lifestyle photographer, Allie Siarto, shares a photo of her husband and daughters at Great Lakes Marina in Muskegon, Michigan

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