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My biggest fear in this world is water in all forms, lakes, rivers, the ocean, snow, ice, rain and even tap water when I’m in a foreign country.  Odd as it may seem Ive made a living on or near the water for my entire life, it’s my source of everything I know, feel and love on this planet. From the deck of Sookie, my 22′ sailboat or the cockpit of my Brompton folding bike wherever I go I have my trusty old Nikon and half dead iPad to tell the story, my story.

This isn’t a sailing blog or a bicycle touring blog or even a blog, it’s just my diary, one mans simple journey through life.  I have full time double vision and am massively dyslexic so if you can’t handle the typos there are a million magazines out there that unlike my life are neatly laid out and perfectly edited.

At the age of 36 I left the secure world of corporate America and vowed never to return. After purchasing this boat I had exactly .14 cents left in my life savings. I am on quest to create a safe, simple boat as my home base and continue to live life to the fullest that I can. I have no savings and earn as I go, some days its feast, others its famine. In the meantime I will slowly explore the world in search of fine wine, cheese, and bread, my daily staples. Basically I am a minimalist in maximalists clothing.

My wanderlust and constant desire for freedom are insatiable, I was raised by hippie wanderers with real jobs, a capitalist hippie if you will. I’ll never forget the day that changed my life.  I was about eight years old and I asked my father if I could have a BB gun.  His answer, “this is America son you can have and do anything you want, all you have to do is earn it” that was the day I was given my freedom”

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155 thoughts on “About ”

  1. Just found your blog and love it. God Bless you on all your adventures!!! Looking forward to hearing more about them.

  2. bcceliza said:

    SWEET STUFF HERE ALAN – YEAH IM SCREAMING! Enjoying thumbin thru yer pages…

  3. Great Boat! Time to cast the dock lines! Best of luck.
    Fair winds,

  4. Craig, I have been reading your writing, 🙂 More please!

  5. Great Blog and Great Photos… Thanks for visiting my Blog.

  6. Hey Alan it’s me chip! I was helping Kay with her wood Catalina in Bellingham. I am in rowatan, an island in honduras, with a family sailing there catamaran to texas from Cali, and I was reading a latitudes and attitudes and realized I was reading an article by you! It’s called finding the perfect boat. Very awesome! R u still in Bellingham? I’ll be rolling through there in a month or two, would love to see you!

    • Chip, Sounds like you are having an awesome trip. I’m hoping to be gone by then but at the rate I’m going who knows. Definitely look me up, I’ll send you my phone # Keep sailing. Alan

  7. Starts of voyages always make fascinating reading, yours included. Particularly enjoy the crisp photos. Post when you get net access, we await your tales.

  8. Heather said:

    Gotta question..do you have any friends that live like you but with a kiddo? Just wondering. I am looking for these type blogs. Thanks and enjoy the upcoming Holiday.

  9. Heather, I hope nobody with kids lives the way I do but there are lots of family’s voyaging 🙂 You might find this interesting http://www.kaylasopus.com/ . You might try asking on the cruiser forum, I’m sure there are dozens of people who can help.

  10. Your note is an inspiration…I better get started on my projects and quit living on standby…My name is Anna Jae

  11. Enjoyed wandering through your site! We also sail with a dog. Don’t you just love it when they roll in dead fish on the beach? Good luck and if you see Rainbird on your travels be sure come and say hello!

  12. I’ll keep an eye out for you guys 🙂

  13. Denise PDX said:

    Missing the conversations! Hope you are doing well.

  14. Still following your blog with great interest. We are enjoying our summer on Rainbird and are hoping to head up the coast again when the crowds have gone. I cannot believe how busy Desolation Sound was! More details http://www.pacificwoodenboats.com

    I have sailed on a very tight budget on a minimum boat and know of some pretty amazing voyages in small boats that never made the news. It is mainly down to planning, risk management and good, simple equipment. But we also need to understand our limits and learn to listen to our intuition.

    Looking forward to heading out across the Pacific some day soon.

  15. When I look at the pictures in your blog it makes me think wow, that’s where I want to sail out of. Its funny but when we cut everything to the basics we are so much more connected. I cant tell you how many sailing trips Ive gone on with friends were we motored half way and stayed at a dock. I honestly cant remember a single detail of any of those trips, but when we sail the whole way and anchor out, well I could write a detailed book all based on memory’s both good and some not so good but still all well worth having.
    PS I love your boat 🙂

  16. was it worth leaving that corporate job!? I’m working one of those jobs, just boatin’ on the weekends….sure is tempting. maybe our paths on the water will cross one day. all the best

  17. For me it was well worth it but it hasn’t been easy. The hardest part for me was breaking my addiction to consumerism. Each year it gets a bit easier, but from the very first day I knew it was the right decision. Money or time, we rarely get both.

  18. ..and all this time I thought I was the only one who used ther term “trustafarian”. I have left my blog to do some charity work in Thailand- you can find me on FB awaiting the launching of the charity’s new web site. Lynn Vee from Trippin’ with Rip blog. https://www.facebook.com/#!/thecrproject Nice blog by the way! 🙂

  19. Delighted to find you Alan ~ keep your heart open and continue to follow your bliss all the way. Sending you good thoughts and highest regards. It takes a lot of courage to be who you really are ~ Bravo to you my friend ~ RL

  20. Awesome. I’m glad I found you. Get it!

  21. Yargh Captain! I knew I wasn’t alone out, um, here. Good luck and remember, anything tastes awesome if it’s all you have for real…

  22. Just found your blog and I’ll be following you from now on 🙂

    You talk a lot about fixing up the boat – are you preparing for a particular trip, trying to make it more livable, or just working on it in general?

    • I bought the boat in pieces about 18 months ago so she is in the process of a complete rebuild. I plan on sailing her locally this year and with a little bit of luck will head down to Mexico 🙂

  23. You the man.

  24. richard dykiel said:

    I came to your blog from Jim and Karen’s adventures. Your boat is a beauty, and your pictures as well.

  25. this life sounds wonderful.

  26. Gordon Knight said:

    I read your blog with interest and I wondered if you’d considered registering as a contributor to the World Cruising and Sailing Wiki (http://www.cruiserswiki.org/wiki/World_Cruising_and_Sailing_Wiki), where you could share the benefit of your cruising experiences with a wider audience.

    The Wiki, as you probably know, is a collaborative effort by cruisers all round the world to pass on their knowledge for the benefit of others who follow in their wake. Many sections are already the best online resource available, and with the help of more contributors such as you the Wiki could so easily become the most up to date and reliable source of information for cruisers everywhere.

    I hope you will consider registering and helping to update the pages in the sections where you cruise. If so, you would be welcome to post a link to your blog in the Personal Notes section of the relevant pages so that Wiki users can access your blog directly from the Wiki. This is easily done once you are logged in using the format * [http://www.(your blog URL) – your vessel’s name Cruising Blog].

    Contributing to the Wiki is simple once you get the hang of it and the Wiki sysops are happy to help new members in the early stages. It’s also very rewarding to know that your contributions will be helping other cruisers for many years to come – possibly long after your blog has been consigned to history!

  27. Heh…..Where are you in Bellingham? I may be out there in late may. Be fun to grab a coffee n talk boats

  28. I like your lifestyle, thanks for visiting mu blog.

  29. Noridah said:

    Living in the now. Happy sailing!

  30. You have a wonderful blog, great photographic shots, luck and are in contact.
    Greetings from south of the world.

  31. I hope everything is smooth sailing.
    Does your dog join you on your adventures?

  32. I love when u call urself minimalist as I am just getting introduced to this term and realizing that this is the way I have been living for past many years and thought may be I am living like backpacker but now I got a better term 🙂

    Very nice to meet u here dear….and thanks a lot for ur friendship…I will make sure we do meet some day 🙂 and then I can try my sailing skills 🙂

  33. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com said:

    Incredible about.We live on this temporary world but once.live as you like that makes you happy or not live at all.As long you are happy everything else is secondary.Godbless you.Thank you for following my blog.I hope to read your future posts.jalal Michael.

  34. Thank you for liking my post! Great to see a fellow traveler on such a similar journey! Looking forward to seeing your updates! 🙂

  35. Your writing style matches your philosophy: maximum thought with a minimum amount of well chosen words. I agree, a simple life provides the most generous of memorable moments.

  36. Thank god for my A.D.D or I might think and write too much, less is more,but you already know that 🙂

  37. LOVE the name of your blog! Super witty. Best of luck on your adventures, and keep checkin’ in on my blog for good cheap-ish wine reccomendations to help you along your travels 😉

  38. I will be sure to do that, I have a blog on blue collar booze coming up 🙂 maybe we can share some trade secrets.

  39. I am so inspired by your decision to leave the corp. world. I really want to do that! But don’t know really how to go about making all the changes.

  40. Do it very slowly, it looks like you guys are off to a great start already, baby steps are always the best 🙂

    • What do you mean by baby steps? And, sorry for this real-world intrusion–honest–but what do you do re health insurance? I just know you are gonna say “don’t have any” but– well, for me that is not an option. anyone have any ideas?

      • By baby steps I just mean do it one day at a time, slowly ease yourself into the process. We use preventative health insurance, IE we take care of our selfs. If you have pre existing medical conditions you might not be able to venture to far from your home waters. We are currently in WA State where you could sail a lifetime and never get board and never be too far from proper medical attention. There is inherent risk in anything you do, we take sour chances from time to time but being healthy starts with, well being healthy. We are both very young so at this point there is almost no risk in not having insurance.

  41. Thanks for following our blog. Your story is inspiring. Hoping the sea treats you well on your journey.

  42. Thank you for inspiring to me new adventures…

  43. I meet so many people with amazing stories its makes mine feel normal which is OK with me.:)

  44. I’m just about to begin my adventure, and reading your blog is helping with that final push I need.
    It’s a great feeling to see someone else who is living on essentials and who is making every moment count.
    I know many other people have described you as inspiring. I didn’t want to say the same thing as everyone else, but it’s definitely the best way to describe you.
    I am very excited to read your updates. Keep it up. 🙂

  45. hey you have an amazing blog here..! its really hard to take up a few decisions in life but once we do take it up, doing what we want is all that makes us crave for another morning. Great that you took up that decision. Amazed by your travel and words. Please do keep sharing a lot of experiences. Would love to go through them.

  46. i just started my career. Thinking of getting some money saved up and then doing something that i always wanted to do. Would love to draw inspiration from you. Thank you.

  47. My best advice is stay debt free and save every penny you can 🙂 be patient, you are young and have time to do everything 🙂

    • Yeah you are right there. But there are so many things to do and life is just too short for it. But yet, yeah I would definitely take your advice. Save every penny and do what I love to do the most 🙂 Thanks mate.

  48. Cool blog. Where are you at now? My wife and I are really interested in buying a sailboat to help us across the oceans while we are cycling and to have some semblance of a home.

  49. Awesome, I’m from a Bainbridge Island which is down around that area. Happy sailing! Beautiful pictures!

  50. Thank you for following my blog ‘Understanding Your Dog’ it’s encouraging. Woof.

  51. With all the madness going on around us, I can’t think of a better way to escape it but by living as you do.

  52. alan…. how are you?!?!?

  53. 🙂

  54. Thanks for liking my post on Alaska – have you sailed up there much? Pretty pooch!

  55. Hi Alan, I’m enjoying your blog so much!! In 2011 we quit our jobs in the middle of England, sold our house, car and most of our belongings and bought a 36foot Westerly Conway down in the southwest. For the past two and a half years I’ve been working temporary contracts at a local university, while my husband divides his time between being stay at home day to our two young daughters and working on the boat. We’ve lived aboard Carina for a lot of the past two years – sailing to Ireland (where I’m from) in 2012 and to France in 2013. And now we’re ready to cast our lines for good. We plan to move onboard permanently over Easter, and when my contract ends in May, that’s it. We’re sailing south – France, Spain, the Mediterranean, who knows. I love your philosophy, your approach to life. Who knows…maybe we’ll raft together some day and share a cup of tea!!
    All the best,

  56. Best of luck and I look forward to reading about your new life!

  57. How inspiring! Too often people get wrapped up in their jobs & forget to actually live. I have a feeling I’ll be making a similar change into something more meaningful soon. 🙂

  58. Change is a good thing 🙂

  59. Thank You for ‘liking’ my blog-website.
    Are you still in the San Juan Islands? Have we met?
    Your blog reminds me of the work-on (always!), livaboard, cruising days…
    🙂 Caroline

  60. I don’t think we have met but yes I am based out of the San Juan’s and still haven’t seen a whale 🙁

  61. Check out Orca Network website and facebook page. Local sightings of cetaceans, although posts may be delayed, they give an idea of where whales frequent and patterns of travel. Like sailors, cetaceans use the tides and currents to their advantage 🙂

  62. Ps I assume you’re aware of the vessel guidelines and laws regarding vessels and marine mammals and whales. If not, I am happy to enlighten and educate 🙂 The links are also available on my site http://www.onboardtourswhales.com and http://www.orcanetwork.org

  63. Guy Madison said:

    I left the corporate world a few years later… 48. But its the same path, you realize that money can’t make you happy. Living on less and spending time doing what you want make you much happier than a paycheck every week. Great blog!

  64. Nostrodamus said:

    Came across your blog by accident and the words and photographs kept me enthralled. Don’t stop drinking as much as you can from this wonderful live aboard life and don’t stop blogging

  65. Hey Big Fella, excellent blog. Your boat is just the one I’ve been eying off myself. At 65 and zero sailing experience it should be an interesting ‘voyage’ I’m now undertaking.

    I’m about to do my Coxswain’s certificate here in Oz and am then meandering up towards Bundaberg then onto Airlie Beach to work on getting sea-miles up.
    It’s my experience that the nomads on land and sea are apparently seeking their higher selves and to discover their essential nature. And being on or near the sea gives one much more breathing space, so to speak, to begin to access this process of self-discovery and development.

    There’s one thing you could work on; and that’s to tell all these people who insist on buying bottle water and other plastic stuff that it’s not only the Japanese wantonly killing whales but the stupidity of using and poisoning the oceans with their waste plastic crapola.

    The whales that are beaching themselves are found to have anywhere between 15 and 30 pounds of plastic stuck in their guts. All courtesy of the dills who believe in drinking 8 glasses of water a day and all the other poor dears who are ‘asleep’.

    Anyway good luck with the travels – sunriseboy@outlook.com

    • Sounds like your doing everything right. Your words are well taken, the whole plastic thing is out of control. I work on using less and less every year but I’m just as guilty as the next. Everything here is triple wrapped in garbage, thank got for my cotton bag and the local farmers market.

  66. Thank you so much for leaving me that comment on my blog about Walden on Wheels. In case you don’t get my reply back, just wanted to let you know,I LOVED that book! He really showed me how you can live with so little but be happy at the same time. I think he may be part of the inspiration behind my wanting to live in a motorhome! Just from reading this “about me” page, I can tell I want to read more of your posts and I think I will learn a lot from you.

  67. When you started out, did you have any debt to speak of? I know you didn’t have much in savings at all, but did you have debts you had to keep worrying about? (For me, it’s student loans.) Thank you so much for subscribing to my blog, I did reply back to your wonderful comments.

  68. Terri, before I started all of this I had more debt than most would ever be able to fathom but it was attached to a very successful company. I sold the company and the debt and kept enough to live for a few years donating the majority to my favorite charities. I regularly read your work and while the numbers might feel staggering right now you are literally one solid investment from freedom. Unfortunately in this miserably weak market those investments get riskier every day. The economy is falling and when it does is when smart people make their fortunes. Hang in there keep doing wheat you are doing but also keep an eye out for that next opportunity.

    • Thank you for saying all of that. I do see the economy falling too, and wonder just how far down it can go. I try to not dwell on that (i.e., the reason I blogged about survivalism/preparedness) because then it gets really depressing.

      I know I can do it, get out from under these numbers, it’s just going to take a whole lot of luck, and as you say, keeping my eyes open for good opportunities. That’s pretty impressive you had your own company so young. I don’t know that I would have the confidence to do that. But that’s one thing I am also working on – my fear of the unknown.

  69. Per Moen said:

    This is exactly what I’m going to do next year,really nice to see your blogg.Greetings from Norway

  70. Please stay in touch and let me know how it goes.

  71. Wait for it, wait for it…

    It’s spammer time!

    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award http://pussyhasfurballs.com/2014/06/09/vampires-beware/

    You may refuse and that will definitely be okay. Also, a warning, I’ve been away so expect your notifications light up as I catch up on your posts.

  72. Thanks for the follow. I like your style. We’ve got a few things in common.
    PS 32/18 seems a little light, n’est pas? (I’m a 34/18 kind of a girl)

    • Don’t know how I let this slip through my fingers… 32/18 is for a fully loaded off road touring bike pulling 300′ total 🙂 That being said i still couldn’t roll 34/18 at altitude with big climbs in the dirt, teach me…

      • That sounds hard. Just mash down real hard on them pedals and I’m sure you’ll be fine. Enjoy the ride and let know if you come through the SF Bay Area…

      • I just may do that Hilary, I’m sure you could tech me a bunch about cycling 😉
        BTW I love your videos, well done!

      • Thank you! I just realized where you are (were?), gorgeous part of the world! I’ll be road tripping up there in the fall I think so hopefully our paths will cross. I’m not consistently on here–perhaps email is a better way to stay in touch.

  73. huge thumbs up!! both. way high.

  74. Will you be stopping by the Wooden Boat Festival this year? We are speaking on Sunday morning. Also – we are sailing up to the San Juans late next week, perhaps we can finally meet up with you at one of those two opportunities. Email us if you’re around, it’d be nice to meet up with you before you take off.
    Karen and Jim

  75. Well, well. I was wandering the internet looking to buy a boat and thought I’d search names. Lo & behold – comes Alan & Cloe. A yard dog from days of sitting on the hard with a holy sailboat that Charlie had taken liberties with.

    How the hell are you sailor? I hear you’re about to take to wheels – for Cloe.

    I’m selling out. Lock, stock & barrel for a nice place on the cliff about 20 miles outside of Rosarito Beach in a place called Plaza Del Mar Club.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to sit, watch the sunset and talk old times? Drop me a line.

    I’d love to hear more of where and what you are doing. Heck if you’re near Las Vegas in the next month – I might have some stuff to pass your way (moving day is coming soon)

    1950’s Kettenberg K40 – Kay-Marie

  76. Kay, your email is bouncing, I used to live in La Mission just south of Rosarito. I will be pedaling through Mexico and will definitely look for you Alan

  77. Michael Matteson said:

    If you end up bicycling across the US and need a place to stay in N. Illinois, let me know. You will enjoy my wife’s great cooking!

  78. So, there i am ;- capable of anything involving hands. Restoration of classic cars/ building hi fi/ restoring (saving) anything and all, for most of my life. If i didn’t know about it, i’d damn sure know soon enough. I detested not knowing how something worked, or why it kept failing.
    Ah haaah, but then ” aren’t YOU also failing in this life” i asked myself. “Mother/ Father, give it to me straight, i do all that is asked of me and more. I work hard, occasionally play hard but, it keeps going wrong. What the hell is the matter with this life and, to be frank …this bloody world”. Many years of debates with said parents, about what is wrong ” can’t you see it” etc etc.
    I stopped up until stupid o clock reading “How to drop out” by Ran priuer (think?) then followed with more and more, “Yes, YES ….YEEEESSSS” i said to myself. I’m not the only one after all.
    ‘IT’ crept up slowly through the years, yes! I had that multi thousand mtn bike- yes i did build it myself but no excuses. , yes i had small house/ big house both town and country. Mortgages/ bills/diy/gardening/pub/t.v/ tired…drained…unfulfilled blah dee bloody blah.
    But, there came a point (albeit buying a house in good ol 2007, 3 mnths before the crash) where i thought….”SOD THIS” !!
    So, i bought a (wait for it) wooden boat from the 40’s. Yep, it wasn’t perfect. Yep it leaked, yep it STILL leaks a bit. Not from the bottom mind.
    I’ll get to the point:- I feel i’ve been useful to the world, if only through ‘saving’ countless mechanical/ electrical items. I don’t trade stocks in what is after all, essentially debt. I don’t benefit from media lies, political lies/ warmongery yadda yadda. But then….i also don’t ‘get ahead’.
    But what is ‘ahead’ ? Is it indeed that shiny Audi, “Oh yah, this months model”. Is it that billion inch plasma 3d t.v (Ooh Eastenders, that’s REAL life kids!!) could it even be that 2 wk hol in a country you know nothing of, because you spent your vacation clicking your fingers at the local guys- “another drink my man” whilst crisping yourself into a psuedo pork scratching in your budgie smugglers/ thong bikini, by that oh so glorious pool.

    Hold on, i almost forgot…….”Oi ! Gimme your country, its got stuff i want. Whaddya mean you’re not a Christian, whaddya mean you think us Westerners are below par in some way. You can’t say that, WE are the civilised world, now do as you’re told”.

    My suggestion;- keep reading this blog , and all such like. Don’t be afraid that you’ll be looked down on, if you don’t have the latest and greatest. DO PLEASE, take a long (brutal) look at both yourself and your life and ask ” what do I really want”. Then, and only then, take the most scary step you’ll ever take. Get out, and get happy.
    Herodotus will also teach you all you need to know it seems. “The Histories” is the book you’ll require. What was true all those years ago, is also true of now. There’s a certain ‘Geist’ out there on the toob, which also puts things into perspective.

    In the words of a guy from the film “Wanted” ;- I,m ssssssoooooorrrryyy 🙂

  79. Hi Alan, not sure how I stumbled onto your blog but am grateful that I did. I’ve been reading various archived posts and now I get a front row seat to your adventures. We intend going cruising at some point too but I have a two year old son so that’s a bit tricky logistically (a mobile toddler that doesn’t yet swim on a boat…). In the meantime owning a company and having various other pursuits keeps me busy. My wife and I did steal away for a ‘relaxing’ day sail today on our 23 footer (Holiday 23 made by Robertson & Caine) in 20knots blowing to 30 in the gusts! I don’t have a storm jib and couldn’t bring the boat about without a headsail so we used the engine to assist with the tack through the 6ft chop (lol). Anyway you have an audience down here 🙂
    Vaal Dam, Johannesburg, South Africa

    • You should look up iceblink by the Martins, they have lots of good info about cruising with kids. I have the same problem on Sookie for a long time, no reef lines and way too much sail, I couldn’t her her to go to weather at all over 25 knots although we sure had fun trying. Its funny when you are refitting a boat where your priorities lie. Anyways I’d love to bring the boat to South Africa at some point to have some interior modifications made, we will find you, share our wine and hopefully will both have learned to cook by then. Either way we will fill your bellies with some sort of interesting food.

  80. Hey Alan, an update to your “About Me” might be in order.



  81. Thomas Curran said:

    Chloe looks like a wonderful dog..hugs from our dog Athalia!

  82. I found your blog while recouping from shoulder surgery in April, I started at the beginning and ready it all- I’ve enjoyed your tales, your set backs but most of all your outook on life. Hubby and I are in the corporate world preparing to retire and cruise in a few years. How I wish I had this mind set when I was young- the life I would have had and my children would have had (if I’d met their fathers) but now I will do what I can to be true to myself and the earth and hope I can teach my girls before it’s too late.
    take care of Chloe- she’s a great child

  83. I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. You can read more about it on my blog: https://fundinghelp.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/i-was-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/

  84. Garth Purnick said:

    So jealous!

  85. So the CC 22 is for sale in Florida? Is there another boat you have your eye on? Cheers!

  86. Carola Bruce said:

    Hi there,

    My name is Carola Bruce and I am Marketing manager of East Fremantle Yacht Club in Perth, Australia. We offer sailing courses and so I like to be involved in creating content for this area that people might find helpful. I have this info-graphic- http://www.efyc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Beginners-guide-to-sailing.jpg that I recently created which is hopefully useful for beginners in sailing. I see that you also publish content similar to this so I thought you might like to use it. If you do, fantastic but I would ask that you kindly credit my website using this URL

    http://www.efyc.com.au/on-water/power-boats/ .

    If you need an intro to go with the graphic, let me know and I can arrange same. Also of course any other feedback is welcome.


  87. Carola Bruce said:

    Hi there,

    Few days back, I sent you an Infographic for review on the topic ‘Sailing for Beginners Info-graphic’- http://www.efyc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Beginners-guide-to-sailing.jpg
    Just wondering if you did get a chance to go through my that email.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  88. Is your boat still for sale? I have really enjoyed your adventures via my armchair and internet!

  89. Just came across your blog, great stuff. If you are ever on Orcas and feel like talkin sailing, the beer/coffee is on me.
    PCS Flicka #431

  90. That sounds wonderful, 431 what is the name of your boat, I had placed a deposit to build what I believe would have been hull #434 but but unfortunately she was never built.

  91. Just wanted to say hello, been reading your post and adventures for about a month now. Will miss the great photos and the blue water. Please keep posting.

  92. So inspiring. I just quit my job, married my love, and am in the midst of hunkering down on some fun boat projects in preparation to sail to the Caribbean this winter. I look forward to reading through your own adventures. Thanks and hello! – Kir

  93. Really enjoying your blog, great writing and fantastic adventures

  94. Gidday from Australia, just stumbled upon your blog and loving it! Love your spirit of adventure and your photography’s fantastic – look forward to reading more from you. Cheers.

  95. .14 cents …. way to go!!!! Heya Stormy, thanks for dropping by my nest. I’m looking forward to reading yours 🙂

  96. Thank you for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. 🙂

  97. Hi Stormy,
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  98. Lost Coast Gypsy said:

    Cheers Mate,

    Always a good read…. You have any good leads on a choice Westsail 28,32….?

    Fair Winds

  99. Hi Alan! Thank you for visiting my blog. Very glad it led me to yours. Really enjoy your blog, looking forward to more posts 🙂 – Faye

  100. Hello. I’ve scanned your blog. Do you still have a FC for sale….or know of anyone that does? I too live in the PNW (Port Townsend). Hope to hear from you. Kim

  101. Hi! What boat are you living on? Love the blog!

  102. I’m so glad you stumbled across my blog, because now I get to read your blog! Thoughtful, funny and inspiring. Fine wine, cheese and bread sounds about right!

    • I’m the lucky one Amanda, I was feeling emotionally spent and my writing shows it but then I found your blog and have barely been able to touch the surface but I love it. Your words inspire me and are filling my tank, when it’s full I’ll set off on the next adventure and hopefully the words will follow. You guys have an amazing life, with a little luck I’ll be sailing your direction next spring and would love to have the two of you by the boat for story telling and wine and lots of snacks. Keeps riding, keep writing and keep sharing 🙂

  103. Fabien ROBERT said:

    Hello Stormy
    On a popular french web site for mariners (Hisse et Ho), someone on the forum post a link to your blog because some of us, (which are not loo limited by english), we love to follow the story of sailors around the world, all the more when it’s about sailing adventures with small boat and reasonable budget.
    So I’ve discovered lately you beautiful blog which is really pleasant to read.
    Although I can speak and write, it’s not so evident for us to fully understand the meaning but anyway it’s enough to imagine which you can feel.
    Congratulation for your work (quality and maintenance of your boat) and beautiful photos.
    Just by curiosity, did you follow a training in sailing such a yachtmaster cursus or are you 100 % autodidact ?
    I wish you to keep on sailing this way, and sail in fair winds.

    Compiègne, France

    • I’ve had no formal training but I was deck hand and student to one of the greatest voyaging sailors of all time. She took me under her wing and while she was very hard on me she taught me everything about maintenance, navigation and seamanship. From there I became a delivery hand and eventually delivery skipper. From there I’ve been fortunate enough to sail with both world class cruisers and racers and have put the better part of thirty years into this life. Thank you for the kind words and your very generous donation. I don’t write to seek recognition but it’s always nice to know there is someone out there who enjoys the writing. Ali

  104. Oh I wish!!

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