In my former life, on rare occasions I watched television and movies.
I regard television and movies as chewing gum for the mind. I have so many things I want to do, I don’t have time for such things.
I have a lifetime goal of thinking at least one original thought, and so far the goal has eluded me. But I’m still trying.
When I finally think an original thought, I might start watching television and going to the movies once again - if there are any theaters left after the Covid 19 debacle. But until then, not so much.
That being said, I have seen a few movies of submariners doing their submarine thing at sea. Every single movie has at least one scene where they say, “Up Periscope.”
On Exit Only, we say “Up Periscope” all the time.
Usually, we are lying on our bunk with a weak cell signal, and we raise our periscope by reaching through the hatch and holding our cellphone as high as possible in the air.
Raising the periscope frequently works wonders. A smile comes across the crew member’s face as they reestablish contact with the outside world.
Sometimes we have to resort to extraordinary measures when we raise our periscope. We put one of our cellphones in a padded secure bag, and hoist it to the masthead on a halyard. We use that cell phone as a hotspot, and we have occasionally been able to hit cell towers as far as twenty miles away.
Such is the life of the connected Real Ocean Cruiser.
I gotta go now, and continue trying to think an original thought, because there are a couple of movies I would like to see.
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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