Zen - family cruising catamaran

Family of 4 sailing from New England to Auckland, New Zealand '08-'10

26 August 2010 | Portsmouth, Rhode Island
27 April 2010 | Rhode Island
05 April 2010 | Fort Lauderdale, FL
24 March 2010 | Portsmouth, RI
19 February 2010 | middle of Pacific Ocean
12 February 2010 | Waiheke Island, NZ
08 February 2010 | Auckland, New Zealand
30 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
26 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
22 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
20 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
17 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
14 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
08 January 2010 | Los Angeles, CA
07 January 2010 | Newark International Airport
27 December 2009 | Rhode Island, USA
10 December 2009 | New Delhi, India
02 December 2009 | South Island, NZ
13 November 2009 | Whangarei, New Zealand
10 November 2009 | Opua and Kerikeri, New Zealand

Ten days to Immersion

23 October 2009 | Whangarei, NZ
A lot can happen in 10 days.

Zen's hauled and in her private shed at Friendship Yachts. Her crew is showered and comfortably settled in their private rental home in Onerahi, a small waterfront town just 9 minutes from the heart of Whangarei, which is a medium sized town just 90 minutes north of Auckland. Daily life consists of schoolwork, to-do lists at the boatyard, grocery runs, dance, gym and karate classes all done with multiple layers of clothing and left-side driving with a stick shift. My windshield wipers frequently go on full blast in total sunshine instead of the blinker. Life happens in a special way in New Zealand. And, we are loving every minute of it.

The Kiwis are open, laid back and phenomenally welcoming. A stranger, now friend, sitting next to us at a restaurant, loaned us his wireless internet card for our stay in NZ. Another let us borrow his handmade multi-thousand dollar carbon fiber yacht wheel to check it's size for Zen. So far, we've received 4 invitations to overnight hospitality and 3 family BBQ parties. People say that New Zealand is like America in the 1950's. I was not alive in the 50s, but if it was like this, I wish I was.

Locals have said Aucklanders are not representative of the average Kiwi. After visiting Auckland last week, we again saw an outpouring of hospitality by those city slickers. They also have a great sense of humor. According to them, we were quite brave for battling the Friday afternoon city rush hour traffic. What traffic? Thankfully, at the height of congestion, it resembled Newport on a Thursday afternoon. See our recently updated photo gallery for the whole technicolor story of our first week in New Zealand.
Vessel Name: Zen
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 48' catamaran
Hailing Port: Newport, RI
Crew: Tom, Monique and Kids
Tom, Monique, Cammi, and Cole. Tom is the CEO/Founder for a high-tech advertising firm, which he just sold to a large US media company, giving us the ability to set sail. [...]
Eight years ago, we sold our advertising company, and left terra firma on our monohull, "Uliad", for a family cruise. As soon as we returned to land, immediately we started planning our 2nd cruise. Here's the continuation of our journey, except this time the kids are active crew members, [...]
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Zen's Photos - s/v Zen - family cruising catamaran (Main)
New Zealand, Dockwise, and Florida
82 Photos
Created 14 January 2010
Bangkok, New Delhi, Rhode Island holidays and New Zealand
118 Photos
Created 27 December 2009
Australia & New Zealand
117 Photos
Created 3 November 2009
Tonga and New Zealand
102 Photos
Created 3 September 2009
Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga
86 Photos
Created 9 August 2009
French Polynesia and Cook Islands
113 Photos
Created 28 July 2009
French Polynesia
49 Photos
Created 31 May 2009
Pacific Ocean Passage and French Polynesia
120 Photos
Created 19 May 2009
Panama City to Galapagos
81 Photos
Created 28 February 2009
Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Las Perlas
118 Photos
Created 28 January 2009
Cartagena, Panama, Puerto Rico/US, and Costa Rica
111 Photos
Created 30 December 2008
Autumn sailing
124 Photos
Created 13 September 2008
Where we are sailing in 2008/2009
1 Photo
Created 13 July 2008
Summertime '08
108 Photos
Created 1 July 2008
8 Photos
Created 31 May 2008
Delivery from Maine to Newport summer 2007
15 Photos
Created 27 April 2008
November 2007 - Tom, John and Scott
11 Photos
Created 27 April 2008
American Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands in 2007
358 Photos
Created 27 April 2008