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The S/Y Scarlett crew is me, Tibor; my wife Katalin; and our children, Marta and Tibor Jr. We're a Hungarian family living in Sweden. 

Hungary is a landlocked country and sailing is not something an ordinary person would consider pursuing. It either means sailing or racing on the lake Balaton or an expensive hobby of the rich in the Med.

There was a guy however, Aron Meder; who between 2006 and 2009 circumnavigated solo-handed on his small 19 foot sailboat, Carina. I was following his adventure and was really fascinated by it. Even the fact that it's possible and can be a reachable goal didn't occur to me before. The dream of sailing around the world was probably born at that moment.

When we moved to Sweden, it came as a surprise how much water surrounds us and that having a boat here is not that much of a luxury. Sweden has one of the highest number of boats per capita in the world. 

I went for a dinghy sailing course, then we took the courage and rented an Albin Express (a 26 foot sailboat with an outboard) for a long weekend and started exploring the archipelago around Stockholm. It was love at first sight.

We always wanted to be close to nature, striving for self-sufficiency and loved the idea to gather memories and experiences instead of stuff. All these things came together in cruising with a sailboat.

Shortly we bought our first boat (a 29 foot Maxi) and after a few years upgraded to the current boat and started our long journey of learning everything about boat maintenance, sailing and living afloat.


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