I am Captain Dave, Master and Commander of Exit Only.
I have been sailing with my loyal crew for more than a year since leaving Florida.
I broke the crew in easy in the clear turquoise waters of the Bahamas.
I challenged them to a turbulent crossing of the Caribbean from the windward passage to Colon, Panama. The crew was tested with 25 to 30 knots of wind and steep seas on the beam for half the trip to Panama, and the crew did fine. No signs of mutiny. Perhaps mal de mer kept the crew in line.
The sail to Cartagena had smiles all around.
The crew had a few down moments in the San Blas Islands when the
chocosanos came through with abundant thunder, lightning, and rain.
By the time we transited the Panama Canal, the crew functioned like a well oiled machine.
Our six day sail out to the Galapagos culminated in the creation of two new shellbacks, and we went from four real crew members to six.
The crew reveled in the Galapagos for three weeks, and then the Covid 19 bomb dropped on the world.
We went through forty days of quarantine in Galapagos before we did a 21 day passage to the Sea for Cortez. Still no mutiny.
We are now past ninety days of quarantine on board Exit Only, and I am starting to see signs that the crew may be cracking under pressure.
If you closely examine this picture, you will see that three of our crew members are hanging upside down like bats beneath the cross beam of Exit Only. I am not sure how to interpret this aberrant behavior, and I have raised my internal mutiny alert to level 5.
If you don’t hear from me, you will know that mutiny has happened.
I would appreciate if if you would send help to rescue me from the batty crew.
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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