A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran

08 May 2013
06 September 2011 | Brisbane
04 September 2011 | 26 02S 155 59E
03 September 2011 | 24 35S 159 23E
02 September 2011 | 23 21S 162 56E
31 August 2011 | New Caledonia
30 August 2011 | 21 10S 168 312E
29 August 2011 | 21 25S 171 52E
28 August 2011 | 21 03S 175 17E
27 August 2011 | 20 17S 178 49E
26 August 2011 | 19 26S 177 46W
25 August 2011 | 18 48S 174 20W
23 August 2011 | Neiafu, Tonga
21 August 2011 | 19 00S 170 22W
18 August 2011 | 19 45S 168 16W
15 August 2011 | Beverage Reef
14 August 2011 | 19 39S 166 06W
12 August 2011 | 18 52S 160 14W
03 August 2011 | Aitutaki
01 August 2011 | 18 18S 157 49W

Arrived in Colon

20 February 2008 | Colon, Panama
We arrived in Colon on Wednesday February 20th in the morning. We are staying at Shelter Bay Marina located on an abandoned US military base. Very nice with lots of other catamarans...Nathalie is taking over...
Well, we made it! We arrived last Wednesday in Colon and settled in a very nice marina called Shelter Bay marina just after the breaking wall of the entrance of the port of San Cristobal (the port of Colon). We had a beautiful sail both days 15 to 20 knots wings on wings, cannot get much better! We spent the night in Portobello which was interesting , not great holding , mainly in mud but a small town with a fort, a well-known church , and a busy road with colorful buses leaving every hours or so. The kids (and ourselves too) are really excited to get back to civilization, Wi-Fi, laundry, lots of other catamaran cruisers in this marina. We are going scheduled to transit on Friday 29thy of February. We met a couple on a lagoon catamaran who are going to be our line handlers and David is also going to get a firsthand experience this Wednesday on a big catamaran going this Wednesday. It is all working out pretty good. We went one time to Colon, mainly a grocery shopping trip. It is not the type of town that you can really get excited about, very dirty, noisy and dangerous but it is always interesting to see.
The kids met the daughters (12 and 14) of the dock master and they are off on their bike in the afternoon when they get back from school! The marina is located in a park which previously was a US military site. It got evacuated in 2000 and the building are now abandoned but the park is still beautiful and it is safe to ride your bike around and see white face monkeys and slugs. I managed to call mom with Skype and was really excited, I will use it more... so, that is it.... Waiting comfortably for Friday.
Notre premiere grande etape est presque franchie!!! Nous sommes a Colon pres du port de San Cristobal ou les bateaux passent de la mer des caraibes a l'ocean pacifique depuis Presque 100 ans (ouverture du canal en 1914). C'est incroyable mais vrai !!! Nous sommes dans une tres jolie marina avec beaucoup d'autres bateaux, en particulier beaucoup de catamarans, sur un ancient site militaire americain abandonne en 2000. La marina est donc assez neuve , dans le parc et de ce fait, il n'y a pas de problem de securite ce qui est un souci a Colon. Les touristes sont avises de ne pas se deplacer a pied meme sur une courte distance et en pleine ville dans la journee, de ce fait il y a des taxis partout (peut-etre que cette insecurite est aussi un peu exageree a leur avantage) mais la course est tres peu chere, entre 2 et 3 dollars. Nous sommes alles reapprovisionner le bateau hier et avons trouve l'essentiel, pour le surplus, nous attendrons d'etre du cote pacifique ou la ville de Panama city offre tous les grands magasins comme aux USA ou l'Europe. (Alec se demande si on trouvera du nutella!!!!) Nous avons déjà notre date de transit, vendredi 29 Fevrier. David va aider un autre grand catamaran mercredi afin d'avoir un peu d'experience et savoir ce qui nous attend. La famille francaise a bord de ce catamaran va aussi traverser le pacifique, ils ont deux jeunes a bord de 17 et 20 ans,tres sympas, qui ont commence leur vie sur le bateau au meme age qu'Emilie et Alec. Nous profitons bien des avantages de la civilization dans celle belle marina (machine a laver, internet Wi-Fi, restaurant) et je suis sure que nous serons aussi heureux de quitter la civilization pour les Galapagos! A bientot......

Vessel Name: O'Vive
Vessel Make/Model: St Francis 50' catamaran
Hailing Port: Tavernier, Florida USA
Crew: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
About: Captain David, 1st mate, Nathalie and the crew Alec (12) and Emilie (15)
O'Vive's Photos - (Main)
16 Photos
Created 13 May 2009
2009 Family Island Regatta
24 Photos
Created 26 April 2009
We are finishing our 18 months sabatical where it all began, the Bahamas... still with O'Vive which has been shipped back from New Zealand on Dockwise.
48 Photos
Created 29 March 2009
We flew back to the States while O'Vive is on her way back to Florida on Dockwise.
22 Photos
Created 25 February 2009
Lampwork glass beads studio in Whangarei
39 Photos
Created 14 February 2009
13 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
25 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
On our way back, Nelson and the famous Abel Tasman trail.
9 Photos
Created 25 January 2009
South island east coast and meeting in Murchinson with Orca 3 and Malachi
35 Photos
Created 24 January 2009
Alec took the plunge!
17 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Te Anau, Milford sound,
31 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Franz Jose glacier, Hokitika,Kunakaiki,scenic road from Haast to Wanaka (near Queenstown),Queenstown, Arrowtown.
68 Photos
Created 10 January 2009
Transfer from North to South island.
23 Photos
Created 10 January 2009
73 Photos
Created 6 January 2009
THrough Kawau island, Mimiwhangata, Tutukaka, Great Barrier island, and an amazing dive at poor night.
57 Photos
Created 29 December 2008
58 Photos
Created 28 December 2008
Nathalie went to visit her family in France.
47 Photos
Created 27 November 2008
Boats we met during our Pacific Crossing
22 Photos
Created 15 November 2008
54 Photos
Created 11 November 2008
En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
10 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
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Created 29 October 2008
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Created 15 September 2008
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Created 6 September 2008
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Created 6 September 2008
37 Photos
Created 16 August 2008
57 Photos
Created 3 August 2008
the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
49 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
23 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
8 Photos
Created 11 July 2008
9 Photos
Created 4 July 2008
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 29 June 2008
Les iles des Tuamotus Kauehi, Fakarava et Toau
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 28 June 2008
5 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
26 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
4 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
8 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
20 Photos
Created 28 April 2008
45 Photos
Created 21 March 2008
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Created 21 March 2008
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Created 18 March 2008
31 Photos
Created 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
41 Photos
Created 21 February 2008
18 Photos
Created 31 January 2008
Chub Cay, Staniel Key, Georgetown
22 Photos
Created 31 January 2008
Our first catamaran was a Manta 42. She was built in St Petersburg and we went to pick her up in November 2000. We spent every summer cruising the Beautiful Bahamas islands (700) from the busy Nassau harbor (We never stay more than 2 or 3 days)to the more remote islands like the crooked islands or the ragged islands (also known as the Jumentos and the friendliest of all , Long Island. We never got tired of the turquoise waters , the kindness of the Bahamians and all the fun we had with all the friends we made over the years.
8 Photos
Created 1 October 2007
We picked up O'Vive end of May 2007 in Georgetown, Bahamas and after a few weeks ,we brought her back home to the Florida Keys in order to get her and us ready for the "Grand Voyage".
1 Photo
Created 1 October 2007


Who: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
Port: Tavernier, Florida USA