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The problem with sailing is you take yourself with you when you set sail.

If you are a fearful person, clouds have an ominous appearance.

If you are an anxious person, you see anxious seas all around.

If you are a worrier, the winds of worry blow through your mind.

Going sailing is like a taking a trip to your therapist, except it’s more expensive. You pay a quarter of a million dollars for your boat to find out what is in your mind.

I never watched the movie, “The Perfect Storm” because I don’t want to have stormy thoughts blowing through my mind. I don’t want to plant seeds of fear in my psyche.

Storms don’t make me afraid. They make me irritated. They force me to become more resourceful and relentless in my resolve.

Storms are largely the result of bad choices, and better choices prevent 98% of the storms of life. Storms are preventable disasters and storm avoidance is how Real Ocean Cruisers live long and prosper.

As long as storms don’t get into your mind, and you respond in a timely and appropriate manner, the odds are in your favor, and you will survive.

It takes time to become accustomed to the challenges of life at sea, to realize the ocean has no agenda - that it does not care.

It takes time to become comfortable with the fact that most weather disturbances are trivial events, and the really big storms are avoidable.

But once you figure that out, Planet Ocean becomes your home, and you are no longer afraid.

You become a different person with a different life.

The problem with sailing is it takes time to sail to the far side of fear.

That’s all I have to say about that.

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.

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.