Fam­ily’s sea change in full swing

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Have you ever dreamt of throw­ing it all in, buy­ing a yacht and liv­ing off the bays and beaches of Aus­tralia?

For one Tom Price fam­ily, that dream has be­come their re­al­ity.

Kristy and Dar­ren Wa­ters spent 21 years in the Pil­bara, where they worked on mine sites and owned Pil­bara Clean Ma­chines. Last year, they started look­ing at boats and de­cided then and there to “just do it”.

Mrs Wa­ters said the boat, named Pa­cific High, was bought in Novem­ber and the cou­ple, with three kids in tow, flew over to Bris­bane in mid-April to start their new life.

“Once we de­cided we were do­ing it we just went for it and from there it was very quick,” she said. “We have al­ways spo­ken about car­a­van­ning with the kids.

“We even went to the ex­tent of buy­ing a car­a­van.

“With a teen, a six-year-old and a baby, this just gives us more room.”

Mrs Wa­ters said aside from a half-full sea con­tainer, the fam­ily had sold every­thing they owned, in­clud­ing cars and a prop­erty down south, to get out on the wa­ter.

They have also sold 75 per cent of their Pil­bara Clean Ma­chines busi­ness to Sch­lam Engi­neer­ing.

Since tak­ing the helm of the 15.25m, four-bed, four-bath yacht, the Wa­ters have made their way up the coast from Bris­bane to the Whit­sun­day Is­lands. They plan to stay there un­til Septem­ber be­fore head­ing south for sum­mer.

Be­yond that, Mrs Wa­ters said a Top-End trip or over­seas voy­age was on the cards. As for how to kill time on a boat as a child, it has been no prob­lem for their six-year-old son Max.

“He has learnt so much in the short time he has been on the yacht,” Mrs Wa­ters said.

“Most days as soon as Max wakes up, he has a line in fish­ing.

“We are try­ing to stay away from mari­nas, an­chor in bays with a beach for the kids to muck around on in­stead.”

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