Sailboat: (n) A hole in the water for sinking money into 🙂

The Winds of Sailing:

Pessimist- Blames the wind

Optimist- Figures the wind will change

Realist- Just keeps adjusting the sails

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We own the trimaran sailboat Acrux. It is kept in Kodiak, AK. The name is a star in the southern cross constellation, which we hope to sail under someday. It is a blue water (open ocean for you land lubbers) sailboat although we have done a lot of coastal cruising with it around Prince William Sound. It is a 50 feet long, ketch rigged, modified 42 foot Cross design.

I have uploaded an avatar for this blog. Its a picture of our sailboat, the Acrux when we were doing sea trials after having it rebuilt in the bay across from Puget Sound Navel Shipyard near Bremerton, WA. You probably can’t tell from this small size but I’m the one at the helm.

Our most recent sailing adventures were 3 years ago. My husband solo sailed from Valdez to Seattle where the boat spent the winter being completely renovated with new fiberglass, painted inside and out, new sails, and some electrical system work. Then we sailed up the Inside Passage and across to Kodiak. We visited friends there and registered the boat (it was previously registered in Valdez). Our son was 2 years old. I found out I was pregnant! We then sailed down to Hawaii. I was 4.5 months pregnant by then. The baby got sea sick inside me (ugh!) As a result, I could only sit up about half or 1 hour a day so my loving hubby was doing all the sailing. We arrived in Hawaiian waters just in time to see our return flight fly overhead. The ticket agent after explaining our problem managed to get us another flight. We left the boat at a marina in Honolulu and returned home to Alaska where our daughter was then born. When she was 6 weeks old we flew back to Hawaii to spend the summer sailing around the islands. Our son spent his 3rd birthday on a beach in Kauai. We got permission from US Fish and Wildlife to go to Midway Atol (historic WWII island) on our return sail to Alaska. That was one of my favorite places and a great tradewind crossing.

It was a wonderful experience. I would not recommend waiting until children reach a certain age before going adventuring as a family. As long as you are prepared and aware of the inherent dangers, it could be safe. If you wait, you could miss the opportunity altogether. We hope to continue with our sailing adventures as a family for many years.

UPDATE 5/11/09

We recently went on a month long cruise around South America. This has kindled our desire to go sailing again. We’ve always wanted to explore the southern Pacific. The cruise stopped at several smaller communities along the west coast. We now daydream to sail to southern California then jump over to the Marquesas islands. From there we’ll hop southeast to Puerto Mont, Chile (thus avoiding central America and the pirate areas off Peru) and explore the southern fjords and Cape Horn. We may spend the southern storm season in the Falkland Islands. When we were there we talked to the school. It sounded pretty easy to get the kids into school there for a semester. Then perhaps go over to New Zealand and Australia.

3 Responses

  1. How do you fund your adventurous lifestyle? If the question is too intrusive. Please ignore.

  2. Dee,

    No, I don’t mind sharing. If it can help someone else get away it’s no state secret 🙂 . Priorities, planning, and a lot of crafty dealing. We scrimp and save for years before (and after) going on a trip. Our house is paid for. It is the house my in-laws built when they moved to town in the 70’s. The boat is paid for. Ray bought it for a song as a sunken/distressed boat then we rebuilt it over several years.

    The biggest expenses traveling usually are airfare, tours and lodging. While traveling, we live on the boat instead of in a hotel. Harbor fees are generally very reasonable. When traveling not sailing, we don’t get many tourist package tours but rather make our own. For instance in India we got a half day taxi tour for free in exchange for posing as a customer in a few carpet shops where the driver got a kick back for bringing people. I try to buy souvenirs away from tourist shops. Again in India, I got 5 scarves for $11 at a local market. In the tourist shops similar scarves were $45-80 EACH.

    Since we are self employed, we have more flexability as far as time requirements so we occasionally have been able to take advantage of travel sales if it’s something we really have been wanting to do. This is how I was able to get to the east coast last summer for teacher training. However, sometimes this method backfires. We wound up in Helsinki overnight waiting on the train/ferry connection. Unfortunately we didn’t know it was during the international ice skating competition so all the cheap hotels were full and we wound up having to stay in this fancy expensive hotel for 5 hours sleep. After trying to find us a room at 6 or 7 places, the taxi driver shut off his meter because the hotels were getting more and more expensive. (This was before internet registrations.)

  3. Interesting.

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