Meet The Crew

The MERAKI Project

Cruising the World with SV Meraki! We are THREE Generations, aboard TWO Boats, with ONE dream of traveling the world together.

Join Bentley, Thomas, Kate, Mick, Shawna and Kevin’s sailing adventure of a lifetime. An adventure that leads them to meet wonderful people, experience new cultures and see the world in a whole new way.

In The News

June 25, 2021

Three generations shacked up in a 45-foot sailboat may sound like a nightmare to some, but it’s a dream come true for one Saanich Peninsula family.

After months of work and retrofitting, Meraki hit the water in Sidney Friday (June 18) with a splash of fanfare to the joy of her crew: six family members spanning three generations. Kevin Walker, 62, Shawna Walker, 60 and their daughter Kate Coles, 32, her husband Mick Coles, 38 and their children Thomas, 10, and Bentley, 7, traded in a four-bedroom home for essentially a tiny house on the water and will set sail this fall.0

October 30, 2021

Bentley Coles has his fingers crossed for a sandy beach in Mexico for his eighth birthday.

Bentley is the youngest crew member aboard the Meraki and sailing the globe with older brother Thomas and parents Mick and Kate. The family set out on the 45-foot sailboat from Greater Victoria earlier this fall, with grandparents Kevin and Shawna Walker also onboard. The destination is Australia, where Mick was born and raised, then to sail the rest of the globe, exploring off the beaten path for two or three years.

The Crew


Captain Kevin

We wouldn't be here with out him!



The greatest first mate around



Constantly behind the camera and behind the scenes creating.


Captain Mick

Master craftsman keeping things running smoothly



Our brilliant shark loving boy



Our youngest crew member with the biggest heart.