A HOME WITH A VIEW
I have to admit I never found home ownership to be particularly attractive to me. As far as I am concerned, the best thing about a house is that it does not move. I never have to worry about the house dragging anchor. The pride of home ownership never took root in my soul, and so I have not invested much effort in making it happen. That’s why I have only owned one house in my lifetime.
The only reason I ended up with a home in Phoenix is because I needed a place to live when I was working as a flying doctor with the Indian Health Service at Phoenix Indian Medical Center. It was not practical to live in a tent or an RV while I was doing my medical work, and so I ended up with a house.
Finding a house that was right for us was not easy because I did not know what I was looking for. My highest priority was location. The right house needed to be equidistant from the Scottsdale Airport and Phoenix Indian Medical Center. The nearer to the airport, the better because 2 or 3 days a week, I would get up at 5 am and be at the airport by 6 am so I could fly out to the Indian Reservations to treat patients who had eye disease. The house also needed to be near the hospital so I could quickly and easily get to work in the morning during rush hour and also at night when I was called in to the Emergency Room to see patients.
Those were the two things that were most important to me, and everything else was secondary.
When I talked with our realtor, I discovered that there were lots of other things to consider beside ease of getting to work and to the airport.
The real estate listings gave all the basic information about properties, and then always added that there was a view of the mountains that made the property more valuable. Apparently in Phoenix, when you get home from work, you are supposed to sit in the front or back yard staring at the mountains.
I have to confess that in ten years of living in Phoenix, I never sat in the front or back of my house and stared at the mountains. The thought never entered my mind.
Paying a premium price for a house with a view was for other people who had never sailed the seven seas.
When you are a Real Ocean Cruiser on a catamaran, you sit in your cockpit every night, and you have a view that is spectacular - in California Speak - a view to die for.
As I sit here anchored in Balandra Bay in Baja California, my view consists of high mountains, white sand beaches, clear water, and spectacular reefs resembling a fish aquarium. Last night I was anchored in a different part of the bay with a different view that was equally unforgettable.
In the next month I will anchor in dozens of different bays, and I will see magnificent sunrises and sunsets that can’t be duplicated anywhere on planet earth.
If I had a house that I could move to a different bay every night, then home ownership would be a high priority. But since I can’t move my house, I will have to settle for making my home on a small catamaran that I have already sailed once around the world.
So much for my desire to have a house with a view.
A catamaran with a view works for me, and I can hardly wait to watch the sun set below the horizon tonight and after darkness falls like a curtain on the bay, I will enjoy looking at the Milky Way.
A catamaran with a view is about as good as it gets.
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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