1991 Morgan 44 CC

Welcome to our sailboat website!
We are Scott and Silva Sidoti. We started sailing a Hunter 23 in 2012 on Lake Travis in Austin. It was Scott’s dream for a long time to sail, Silva not so much. But upon moving to Houston in 2016 we took a short 2 hour intro to sailing lesson and that’s all it took, Silva was hooked on sailing. Before we got back to the dock she told me “we’re buying a sailboat”. It had to be big enough to spend the night on, with a head, refrigerator, and air conditioning. We bought a 2006 Hunter 31. The lifestyle really hooked us then and from weekends on the boat we began searching for a boat to live on full time. We purchased a 1991 Morgan 44 Center Cockpit boat in June 2020, sold most of our stuff, put the house up for rent and moved aboard.

This website and our YouTube channel, Sailing SV Bella Vita will document our process of moving from a traditional lifestyle to living aboard at the marina, learning, taking short ocean cruises when we can and enjoying the lifestyle while working full-time jobs. We will spend 2 to 3 years upgrading the boat, learning all we can and when ready untie the docklines and take off for the Caribbean, US East coast, and who knows where else. We’re learning as we go so our hope is that others will be inspired to take the leap, even later in life, get into sailing and eventually maybe even cruising.

sailing on Galveston bay

Here we are enjoying just being passengers on our friend Jason’s Bristol 40