GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL
I started sailing in the era before boats became floating condominiums.
My first Real Ocean Cruiser was a Westsail 32 that had an engine, an ice box for block ice, and two batteries. That was it. There were no complicated systems on board our Westsail 32.
Maintenance on our Westsail was easy to do and uncomplicated. I spent more time putting varnish on the teak cap rails than working on anything else.
We sailed happily in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean with our basic boat, and we didn’t feel like we were deprived or suffering in our 1973 Real Ocean Cruiser.
When we needed water, we got if from shore or we caught it from the sky using a rain catcher awning.
Our autopilot was simply an Aires wind vane or a simple sheet to tiller rig that I created using rubber surgical tubing, ropes and blocks. My self steering worked just fine, and it was cheap.
Things are different now. Boats have air conditioning, water makers, generators, refrigerators, freezers, solar panels, wind generators, mircrowave ovens, high capacity inverters, washers, dryers, bulkhead mounted wide screen televisions, and the list goes on and on.
Boats don’t just have batteries, they have lithium ion battery banks with thousands of amp hours powering all their fancy electrical system. After all, you need to have power for that bulkhead mounted wide screen television.
It’s not that all those things are bad. It’s just that they are unnecessary, and they add complexity to a cruiser’s life, and they exponentially increase the cost of owning and cruising on a boat.
As I cruise around the world on Exit Only, I listen to tales of woe by sailors who are in financial distress because they are cruising on a complicated yacht. Instead of spending their money to have an extended adventure, they spend it on maintaining the yacht that is supposed to be their passport to freedom. Instead of being a passport to freedom, they are slaves to the complicated systems onboard.
Real Ocean Cruising used to be an adventure to get away from it all, but now it seems that most boats want to take it all with them.
Before I left on this world cruise, I watched sailors working to pay for expensive gear on their boat and perpetually getting ready to go sailing. They don’t seem to understand that every thousand dollars they spend on bells and whistles and bling could have been a Freedom Chip, and they could have dropped their docklines and set sail - that thousand dollars would have been enough to finance a two month sailing adventure.
When you put complicated and expensive gear on your boat, you are stealing from Peter to pay Paul. For most ordinary non-rich folks, trying to have it all on your boat means that you might never actually go sailing. You end up with an awesome floating condominium that rarely goes anywhere.
Too much boat, too much complicated gear, and not enough Freedom Chips to make the dream happen.
Exit Only is a very basic Real Ocean Cruiser. Most modern sailors would consider that we are almost camping on the seven seas, but that is fine with us. We will take our uncomplicated boat and its uncomplicated systems around the world. We did it once, and we can do it again.
I enjoy getting away from it all, and not having it all is a small price to pay for my freedom.
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.
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.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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