Some would say that a house is not a home without a dog, and according to this lady who likes to call herself a she-pirate, cat boarded is the thing that makes a home out of a sailboat.
Liz Clark, 34 has been sailing around the world for almost ten years now. Before she became a “she-pirate” she was a bartender in San Diego, California. In 2006, Clark was offered Cal 40 sailboat with one condition: to document her adventures on the trip around the world.
She knew that if she doesn’t accept this offer she will regret it for the rest of her life, so she quit her job and rose the sails. In 2013, a 6-month-old kitten joined the crew. She named her Amelia. The cat Amelia, also lovingly referred to as Tropicat, enjoys fishing from the boat, walking on the beach and hiking with her human sailor.
“She has adapted to living surrounded by water,” Clark said to Buzzfeed. “She has to go out of a cat comfort zone often,” Clark added. “But I think she now understands that I will keep her safe and she will have a lot of fun in the end. She makes Swell [the yacht] feel much more like a home.”
“It was petrifying to leave the safety and security of the dock and my friends and family.”
“I didn’t know if I would be capable of captaining a boat this big and managing all that goes into a trip where you’re off the grid…When I left I didn’t know how I’d make money, and I don’t come from a wealthy family or anything like many people assume. I sleep on a pool mat under the stars, but I feel rich when I look up at that night sky and breath the fresh ocean air and leap into the sea each morning.”
“She makes Swell [the yacht] feel much more like a home.”
Two of them also go on the land hiking together…
…rest and relax together…
… and of course, share the same adventure spirit.