The Big Silver Bird02/03/2013, In transit
The adventure nears!
I'm now starting to look for flights to take me across to the USA and Mexico. I'm in possession of a 5 year visa for the US, and I can get a 6 month visa on arrival in Mexico. My local visa expires on the 13th of February, so I expect to leave Thailand around the end of January.
Cowes week 196612/18/2012
This is my boat, under the control of the gent who commissioned it's building. The photograph was taken, so I'm led to believe, during Cowes Week in 1966.
I have deferred my travel to Mexico for just a short while. I am anxious to get to my gorgeous boat but, after studying weather patterns for both Mexico and the South Pacific, I see it will be best to commence the crossing in the first half of next year. Obviously I want to sail a little in the Sea of Cortez first...and I am now genuinely considering the pre sailing option of hiring a motorbike to ride along the Western coast of the USA, before heading for Tahiti.
Philosophical Dave09/24/2012, Myanmar
In the absence of actual sailing, (my boat is in Mexico and my body is in Thailand, a situation due to be revised in just a few weeks), I am spending time preparing lists of things to do and things to buy.
What is a sailor?Hot and wet
Is there a psychological profile which typifies the average sailor? In considering this, one firstly needs to define the average sailor. Under the term, do we include boat owners who spend their weekend's faffing about in their craft, which remain permanently affixed to the dock by ever deteriorating dock lines?
Thanks again Fatty!08/31/2012, South East Asia
It's no big deal to have a letter published in a magazine or newspaper...usually.
Only a minor hiccup, I hope08/23/2012, Thailand
The process of buying a new boat, when one is remote from the point of sale, or even the points of registration (remember, I have bought a US registered ship, currently in Mexico, which I need to register in Australia, whilst travelling in SE Asia) is more tedious than difficult. Emailed copies are generally insufficient and need to be originals, sent to the various agencies (USCG in the US, AMSA in Oz).
Counting DownRaining but warm
I can hardly believe I have been in South East Asia for almost twelve months. I have had a great time riding through Thailand. The roads are good, the scenery magnificent, the topography also magnificent, the food is great and SE Asian drivers are, I am sure, the worst in the world.
I'd rather be happy!06/22/2012, Pai, Thailand
We can spend our lives doing nothing more than surviving. There's the mortgage, the kids, the career; all important facets of a successful life. But living for the benefit solely of others, while rewarding on one level, is not the recipe for a truly happy life.
So, is this nice or what?!06/17/2012, Me:Thailand. Boat: Mexico
People who fabricate lovely things from materials which seem quite incongruous to the form of the finished article, are the superstars of the engineering field.
It's in my blood!06/16/2012, Northern Thailand
People who haven't been sailing, particularly sailing offshore can't conceive crossing oceans. Mention a boat and the first question most landlubbers ask is "How many people can it sleep"? Well, my last boat slept two. LOA 53', LWL 50'. Centre cockpit with a huge aft cabin, two large bunks for'ard, a pilot berth beside the engine room, and two or three spots to kip in, in the saloon.