The Boat & Crew

We are a family of four who live aboard our 44ft offshore sailing catamaran.  We were all born in New Zealand with the love for the sea all in us.

My name is Karen Taylor and I am a mum to beautiful children, Freya and Blake.  I am an Architect by profession but have taken a few years off to homeschool the kids and enjoy everyday with them.  I find that being a mum, homeschooler and organizer of everyday things just as busy (if not more) than an office job, but being with my family makes it so much more worthwhile.  I find that I can continue being creative with the kids both on and off the boat.  My partner Craig Nickalls is a boatbuilder and a wonderful father, partner, crew and team member on board our boat.

Freya was 4 when we moved aboard our boat in February 2012 and on our 3rd day aboard she caught the first legal snapper and was super excited!  She has now an addiction to fishing!  She loves being on board Mazuran, and is often designing items of clothing out of masking tape for her Barbies, or being creative using Origami methods.  Freya loves teaching herself how to swim and we are swimming often.  She also loves learning, and will learn at different times of the day, allowing herself to make her own 'tools' to help reinforce what I have taught her and will attempt to then teach Blake.

Blake was 2 when we moved aboard Mazuran and has always loved the curved floor for his cars to zoom!  He loves moving about the boat, pushing his boundaries and exploring the natural world around him.  He loves casting his fishing rod, and after catching a huge snapper in summer 2013 is constantly wanting to catch another!  He loves looking at books, racing his cars and building carbon fibre tracks for them too!

Mazuran is the name of our boat which was originally an Alex Simonis "Bullet" design launched in 1988 in South Africa.  We have done a major refit to her starting in 2008 and have changed her shape to be more modern and custom.  We have a sailing blog that records our adventures on and off the boat (some posts are duplicated on this site), but feel free to come and see for yourself our adventures of living on a boat and how wonderful it can be!

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