Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Loss At Sea

Nearly four years after I left on this journey, I've finally finished writing about it - Loss at Sea, the book version of my circumnavigation, is done.  It's based on this blog, but is much improved and corrected, for those who are obsessive about details - things like punctuation and grammar, but also some funky mileages, dates, etc, and there's a lot of new writing and editing that makes (I think) the story work much better than just reading it.  It's been tough getting it done - version 1 of the book, basically a printed version of the blog, was put together in 2012 after I got back, and I've been hacking away at it ever since.  It's hard with my new job as well - about 6 months after I got back, Shanley and i started working for Pangaea Explorations running a 72' steel expedition yacht, and it's been pretty full on all the time - when we have down time I just want my mind to melt and relax, think of anything but boats, not be writing.  Finally though, I finished it with MUCH copy editing and  support from my mother.  This will probably be the last blog post on this blog, but I'll try to keep it online - perhaps at some point Shanley and I will start  new blog detailing what we're doing with our new boat, Fleur Australe, which we are now sailing in our spare time from Sea Dragon.  Now though, we prefer to keep that as much of an off-line experience as possible - I find that too much connectivity tends to distract and detract from the enjoyment of a thing, and with the amount of internet usage that our job on Sea Dragon requires, Fleur Australe is our home and escape from all of that.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of Loss at Sea, it's available currently on as a kindle ebook - this summer I may convert it to other formats and have it available through other stores as well or do a third print run if there's enough interest.

Fair Winds & Following Seas,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Odyssey is Sold

It's time to move on to a new chapter in my life - Odyssey is officially sold.  Thanks to everyone who followed me on my journey.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Odyssey is for Sale

Unfortunately I have decided to sell Odyssey.  It's a bit tough after all we've been through, but it's going to be at least a few years before I'll be cruising on small boats again, and it just doesn't make any sense to let her sit in a slip going to waste in the interim.  I'm asking $28,500, which is an excellent price considering her condition and gear fit out.  I'm hoping to be able to sell the boat quickly.

 For those of you who are interested in purchasing Odyssey:
Odyssey is a 1977 Islander 36 tall rig.  In preparations for my circumnavigation in the summer and fall of 2011, I extensively refit her, including replacing cabin windows and chainplates, adding extra cockpit drainage, reinforcing some bulkheads and adding tie-downs to the aft-lower chainplates for increased stiffness.  I also added an inner forestay for setting storm sails, which proved invaluable off Cape Horn and in the southern ocean, backed up with dyneema running backstays.
I sailed 28,000 miles and for all but perhaps 60 of those, when I hand-steered, Odyssey was steered by my monitor windvane, which functioned wonderfully.
A partial equipment list and some photos are below:

2 mainsails (1 full batten)
130% roller furling Genoa
95% roller furling jib
Storm Jib
Drifter (160%?)
.75oz Spinnaker

85W and 65W solar panel
new (2011) AGM batteries,
Adler/Barbour refrigeration,
AM/FM stereo with CD player
Icom SSB radio
Watchmate AIS receiver / GPS
VHF radio
Autohelm ST50+ Radar

Dyneema/Webbing jacklines
ACR Globalfix Pro EPIRB
Viking 6-man liferaft (inspection good until 2014)
Jordan Series Drogue

Westerbeke 4-108 Diesel
25 gal aluminum fuel tank
2-bladed folding propeller

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Back on Shore again

Finally back in California again after delivering a Beneteau 393 from Tahiti-Victoria, BC - trip left me glad that I sailed around the world in an Islander instead of a Beneteau.  I'm not really planning on doing much more in terms of updating this blog, since it was really just a documentation of my circumnavigation.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lots of Pictures

Barnacle Growth between Valparaiso and New Zealand

Seaweed Grew on the Topsides

Fouling - Valparaiso - New Zealand