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I have lived outside the United States for more than thirty years, and I am a citizen of the world.

Living as an expatriate and as a Real Ocean Cruiser has given me a unique point of view on the world.

Actually, I don’t have a single point of view. My point of view is as big and as diverse as the places I have lived and worked on planet earth.

In the last fifty years, I have been a student, an intern, an ophthalmology resident, a naval officer, a retinal surgeon, a flying doctor, a sailor, a circumnavigator, a physician working on Indian Reservations, webmaster, podcaster, author, publisher, speaker, graphic designer and citizen of the world.

I was also a husband, father and grandfather.

I have worked with the fabulously wealthy and the dirt poor.

I lived in Panama, Puerto Rico, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Fiji, and I sailed to dozens of countries around the world.

When people ask whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I say, “You have got to be kidding.”

I am a person who has been rich and poor, oppressed and blessed.

You have to be some special kind of stupid to polarize the world into liberal and conservative camps.

Polarization is a sickness exploited by the rich and powerful to maintain their status, and if you drink their kool aid, and repeat their talking points, I pity how far you have fallen from the grace that makes any country great.

Come on people. Get a life.

Stop the talking points. Stop all the labels.

God gave us all a mind, and we all need to start using it.

It’s time to wake up and realize who is the real enemy.

It’s not the liberals or the conservatives.

The real enemy is those who preach a gospel of polarization so they can divide and conquer and dominate our society.

The liberals are right part of the time and the conservatives are right part of the time, and those who are preaching the gospel of polarization are wrong all the time.

The American experiment is dying before my eyes, and if we continue down the path of polarization, the America I have known for seven decades will die.

I am sad to see it go.

I am sad that the gospel of polarization is the new religion of America.

Those who want to divide us are very powerful, and they will do anything to maintain their wealth and power.

I am not sure there is hope.

And so I am giving you a picture of a blue fish with two eyes pointing in different directions. The fish sees to the right and sees to the left, and his brain integrates the right and left into a picture that insures his survival. The right and left don’t fight each other. They cooperate and compromise, and the fish lives long and prospers.

Take a lesson from the fish.

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.