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The Mahi Mahi are finally starting up again in the sea of Cortez.

As we sailed north from La Paz, there were no Mahi Mahi caught by Exit Only, and when we talked to the other cruisers, they were not catching Mahi as well.

It turns out that the Mahi are temperature sensitive, and now that the water has warmed up, the Mahi are showing up in our anchorages.

For the past week, we have seen 2 to 3 Mahi Mahi swimming around the boat all day long. Exit Only is 21 feet wide and thirty nine feet long, and it is a fish aggregating platform for small fish. We literally have large bait balls of thousands of fish swimming around and under Exit Only.

Now that the Mahi Mahi are back in town, they spend their day swimming around Exit Only in a large circle, and periodically they rip through the bait ball for a quick snack.

When we see hundreds of little fish jump six inches out of the water, we know the Mahi are not far behind.

I have never had Mahi come to Exit Only before. Usually we have to troll for hours offshore to catch one.

When there is a big bait ball under the boat, the Mahi may not be as interested in our fishing lures.

For the past three days, when the Mahi swam by, I jumped into the dinghy and drug lures through the water around Exit Only. Nothing good happened until this afternoon.

Today, there were three Mahi stalking Exit Only - mocking me - and so I decided to go fishing once again.

It took about half an hour of trolling around Exit Only before one of the Mahi decided to make a fatal mistake and go for our lure. His bad luck is our good fortune.

Dito and Sarah are excellent Mahi spotters. They stood on deck pointing to the location of the Mahi, and I zipped over to that area to drag a lure in front of their nose.

When the Mahi hit the lure, he tried to spool my reel, but failed. I reeled him in half way, and then I passed the fishing pole up to Dito on Exit Only who brought him in on a short tether. I got out of the dingy, went to the bow of Exit Only, got a gaff, and pulled him out of the water and on to the trampoline.

I am not a person who gets easily discouraged, and in this case, it paid off.

I am not also one to complain. When Mahi Mahi come to your boat, it doesn’t get much better than 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.