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About Us

We met in the summer of 2017. I (Maya) had just graduated from a 4 year university degree in Canada, and had accepted a job on a tall ship in the Mediterranean.

Aladino was also sailing around the Mediterranean on a 31ft Jeanneau Rush which he won for an insanely good price at an auction. That boat has since been sold.

When I met Aladino, I could tell he was very special. Our boats were sailing to different places, but we kept in touch, and when the summer season ended I decided to go visit him in Switzerland.

Basically, after my work contract ended I had 1 month in Europe to travel on my own. A friend from Canada was coming to meet me in France after that, but I didn’t really have any solid plans for my solo month. So, I thought, why not go stay with this interesting sailor guy! If I ended up not liking him, I could easily just keep travelling.

Obviously, I ended up liking him.

On my first day in Switzerland, I texted my best friend back home in Canada: “I think I just met my future husband.”

I was correct!

About Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet is a 28ft Vindo 32. The “32” in the name refers to sail area, not length. Cheeky Swedes!

She was built in 1979, and was bought by a Swiss couple who took impeccable care of her for 40+ years.

In 2013, tragedy struck. In an accident at the boatyard, she ended up falling 20ft from a crane onto concrete below.

She was a total write-off. Her keel was crushed, the entire transom blew out, the rudder was mangled, and there was a giant crack on her port side.

That’s when Aladino found her. He saved her the junkyard and gave her new life. He spent four years expertly rebuilding her hull and turning her into his masterpiece.

During the last year of the restoration, Aladino and Maya met, and Maya helped with the last pieces of the restoration.

We launched Magic Carpet in Basel, Switzerland in June of 2018 –– just a few days after we got married! We took her through the French canals on a two week journey to the Mediterranean.

Magic Carpet is now our primary home, and our transportation method for our slow journey around the world!

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Current and Future Plans

We want to sail around the world as slowly as possible.

We once met a couple who took 22 years to sail around the world. They saw everything along the way. They took detours, made friends, and stopped at every island. We love that philosophy. We love sailing, and we don’t want to rush around the world to get it over with.

We plan to make videos documenting every aspect of our journey, from sailing the oceans, to journeying down rivers, to long days in the boatyard.

Our videos focus on sailing, music, storytelling, and serenity. We hope our videos inspire you to pursue your own dreams and to develop a greater appreciation for the diversity and beauty of the world.

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