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Sail­ing the ocean in a 5m dinghy is not where you might nat­u­rally ex­pect to find a pair of Army of­fi­cers and their two young kids. But for John and Sarah MacarthurKing, and their chil­dren Jack (7) and Lucy (5), it’s as nat­u­ral as sleep­ing un­der can­vas. So it was im­per­a­tive that their cam­per trailer would ac­com­mo­date the fam­ily and their 5x2m sail­ing boat when com­pet­ing at sail­ing re­gat­tas.

When John and Sarah first started re­search­ing cam­per trail­ers in 2014, it be­came ob­vi­ous pretty quickly that the mar­ket wasn’t set up to meet their needs. But not to worry, John de­signed the cam­per and took his draw­ings to Sil­ver Star Cam­pers in Fysh­wick, ACT, to see if the team could bring their vi­sion to re­al­ity.

Sil­ver Star Cam­pers spe­cialises in cus­tom builds and saw the po­ten­tial, tak­ing the ini­tial de­sign and adding a sunken deck to lower the an­gle on the cam­per top. “The team were great in tak­ing a rough diagram and turn­ing the con­cept into re­al­ity with­out bat­ting an eye­lid,” John said. Sarah added: “The re­sult was ideal.”

When asked what they like most about their cam­per setup, John said its flex­i­bil­ity ticks the boxes. “The key fea­ture is the large bed space that lets us re­cover from a hard day of rac­ing on the wa­ter” he said. “And with the cam­per’s an­nexe un­furled, there’s plenty of space for the fam­ily as well as any friends we may have along for the ride”.

John and Sarah ac­knowl­edge that while Sil­ver Star Cam­pers did a great job max­imis­ing stor­age in their trailer, they’ve needed to ac­cept some com­pro­mises in or­der to ac­com­mo­date the boat.

Thank­fully, John and Sarah say their VW

Amarok tow-tug pro­vides suf­fi­cient stor­age for their camp­ing gear and ‘grunt’ to haul the load.

With their unique cam­per com­bi­na­tion, John and Sarah hit the road as of­ten as their busy sched­ules per­mit. A re­cent trip in­cluded a re­gatta at Bate­mans Bay; soon they’ll com­pete in Coffs Har­bour and then in Ade­laide for a na­tional re­gatta.

The Macarthur-Kings say they’ll sail and camp for as long as their bod­ies put up with it then tour inland with a pur­pose-built cam­per trailer that max­imises the fam­ily’s com­fort.

For the Macarthur-Kings, the change of tempo of­fered by their cam­per trailer and boating life­style is a “recharge” for all. The kids love get­ting out in na­ture – as well as meet­ing other fam­i­lies as they travel. For the adults, it’s all about “the out­doors and the si­lence”.

ABOVE: The Macarthur-Kings set sail as of­ten as their busy sched­ules al­low.

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