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I have a confession to make. I am addicted to downwind sailing. I have persistent, unremitting, constant, unrelenting downwind dreams that will not go away.

To my knowledge, there is only one way to treat this addiction. You have to purchase a cruising sailboat and sail downwind on the ocean of your dreams.

As a physician, I have seen many destructive addictions ruin the lives of countless victims.

I have seen more lives destroyed by alcohol than any other drug.

It's a slow and painful addiction that usually takes years to destroy a life.

Now that I am back in the USA, I have been seeing patients addicted to methamphetamine, which requires only a year, maybe two, to destroy a life. One dose of meth, and you are addicted, and in a couple of years you are dead.

It blows me away to see lives ruined by drugs.

So, are their any positive addictions out there? You bet. Once you get trade wind sailing into your blood, it will change your life forever. Furthermore, every day of trade wind sailing adds days, weeks, maybe even years to your life. Its salubrious effect gets your endorphins flowing, and you experience a natural high. It puts a smile on your face, and you know that life is good.

If you allow this addiction to take over, your life becomes an awesome adventure. You point the bow of your boat in a westward direction, and before you know it, you will have sailed in the trade winds all the way around the world.

I am not a drug dealer, but I am a dealer in dreams. So take my advice. Try it. You'll like it.

There's no limit to how good your life can become when you sail down wind on the ocean of your dreams.

Dr. Dave



Captain Dave - David J. Abbott M.D.





Exit Only

See what it's like for a family to sail around the world on a small catamaran

Captain Save Our Souls

Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.

Red Sea Blues

Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.

Red Sea Chronicles Trailer

If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 1 - When Flying Fish Attack

Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 2 - Pirate Alley

Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 3 - Aden, Yemen

Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 4- Gate of Sorrows and Sandstorms

After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.

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Save A Tree Bookstore

Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.