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When I was growing up, one of the questions kids asked each other was, “What did you dad do in the war?”

They were referring to what our dads did in World War II.

For my entire life, America has been engaged in perpetual war, but nobody asks that question any more. Our all volunteer military involves such a small slice of the American population that I haven’t heard that question asked since I was a kid.

My dad was an engineman on a PT boat (Patrol Boat) in the Pacific in World War II. My wife’s father was a member of UDT-4 (Seal Team) in the Pacific. When we visit the Seal Team Museum in Florida, we always check out his picture on the wall.

I was never in a war, but I did serve in the US Navy for five years as a volunteer. I don’t think anyone ever asked what I did while I was in the Navy.

Times are different now.

People don’t ask what dads did in the war.

Now people ask, “What did you do when you were in quarantine for the Covid 19 pandemic?”

That’s not a very heroic question, but right now it’s all we have.

So here are the non-heroic things I did in World Pandemic One. (WP1)

1. I cruised the Galapagos Island where I survived forty days of rigorous quarantine.

2. I sailed for 21 days and nights across the eastern Pacific to reach Mexico and do more quarantine in the Sea of Cortez.

3. I made non-heroic beach landings in my dinghy to walk on the beach.

4. I stayed six feet away from all other human beings who did not quarantine.

5. I wore a face mask as my contribution to not spread the pandemic.

6. I made websites - lots of websites - I have over 200 web domains.

7. I made graphics - lots of graphics - to put on websites.

8. I sent out newsletters - Positive Newsletter, Positive Christian Newsletter, and Dr. Dave’s Eclectic Blog.

9. I saturated social media with non-stop entries.

10. I perpetually cruised the Sea of Cortez until the Global Pandemic was over.

I suspect that my grandchildren will never ask their friends what their grandparents did in the Pandemic. (The grandparents probably hid from their grandchildren once the kids got back in school and started spreading the virus around)

So that’s my non-heroic Pandemic Life.

No beach landings to liberate the world.

We are just doing the best that we can for as long as we can until the world takes this virus seriously and brings the virus to its knees.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Captain Dave

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.

Patreon - Maxing Out

Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.

The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.

The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.

And don't forget the two Music Videos: "The Red Sea Blues", and "Captain - Save Our Souls".

The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.


    Team Maxing Out Sails Around The World On Their 39 Foot Catamaran

    Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea


    Give your dream machine a shot in the arm

    See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one


    View the storm management video to learn how Captain Dave dealt with storms at sea

    After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams

Red Sea Chronicles

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.