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THIS SEAFARING CREW DESIGNED THEMSELVES A CUSTOM BEAUTY, WITH THE HELP OF SILVER STAR CAMPERS IN FYSHWICK, ACT.
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.