GO WEST YOUNG MAN, GO WEST!
Go west young man, and seek your fortune over the western horizon.
Such was the call to 19th century pioneers in North America.
The government encouraged westward expansion by offering homesteads - free parcels of land - to those brave souls who took up the challenge.
Times are different now.
All the land is taken, divided, and subdivided thousands of times, and new homesteads are no more.
All that remains are millions of miles of fences and unfriendly walls.
Postage stamp size estates with no trespassing signs demarcate the homesteads of yesteryear.
Nevertheless, the pioneer spirit survives in the hearts of those who live in Water World.
As we sail west around the world, we aren't in search of land. We are seasteading.
What is seasteading?
Seasteading is a way of life in which homesteads don't exist.
You sail on the ocean of your dreams, and wherever you drop your anchor becomes your temporary home - your seastead.
The oceans and waterways of the world constitute a massive aquatic seastead in which you are free to roam at will.
You may live in the same seastead for weeks, months, or years, or you can change to a new one each day.
Your seastead may be anywhere from the tropics to the arctic circle - wherever you have the courage to point the bow of your yacht.
People who seastead live in Water World. Their home is on the oceans and seas that cover more than 70 percent of our planet.
Water World is a vast domain that transcends cultures, nationality, and politics.
Seasteaders are politically more neutral than the Swiss, and they come from all the nations of the earth.
Linguistic diversity and openness to all religions and cultures are hallmarks of this transoceanic community.
Water World accommodates everyone.
Our friends are German, French, Canadian, American, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, Australian, New Zealanders, Spanish - an endless ever changing list of seafarers who make seasteads their home, and seasteading their way of life.
Most people who seastead aren't on vacation and aren't running from the real world. They have bills to pay and must earn a living like everyone else.
The big difference is that in Water World, they don't have a thirty year mortgage on the small patch of ocean where they anchor their yacht.
Their seastead belongs to no one and to everyone at the same time. They have as much right to be on the seas or at anchor as anyone else.
In his wisdom, God made plenty of water for everyone, and I'm glad He did. Otherwise, there would be water wars.
It wouldn't be long before the governments of the world divided the ocean up into smaller and smaller parcels, and seasteading would become a thing of the past.
Seasteading still is a viable way of life in most parts of the world.
There aren't enough of us sailing that it's worth the time and expense for most governments to closely regulate us.
But times are changing. The industrialized nations of the west are constantly looking for new sources of revenue, and if you remain too long in some European waters, they will charge VAT on your boat.
Fortunately, it's a big and beautiful world out there with plenty of places for seasteaders to drop their anchors and call home.
Seasteading is a great way of life. If you purchase a small seaworthy yacht and save up your freedom chips, it won't be long before you can start an awesome adventure.
Your pioneer spirit will well up within you as you hoist your sails and seek your fortune over the western horizon.
Go west young man, go west.
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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