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

Zen in the Pacific

30 January 2009 | Panama Canal - Pacific Side
In 1913, almost 100 years ago, the Panama Canal officially opened for business. We can attest it's still working like clockwork. With our very experienced crew, Don James (very good friend from the USA who cruised with us when we sailed Uliad), Frank from s/v Anemos hailing from Norway, and Andre from s/v Tigre hailing from France, we waved goodbye to our friends and family at Shelter Bay Marina at 4:00pm. By 6:30p our Canal Advisor, Francisco, was aboard and we were motoring towards the Gatun Locks, 3 chambers upward toward Gatun Lake, where we'd moor overnight. The chamber was pretty full, 4 boats in all, but we were surrounded by tons of tires and fenders, quite safe and sound. The photo above shows the cockpit of Zen, with the tanker in front, as we start to rise up 27 feet in our chamber. We rafted to a brand new Moorings charter boat that was sailed over from Cape Town, South Africa by a 4 person crew. Gavin, the hired captain, and his crew, are delivering the vessel directly to Tahiti. In the front was a tanker, the middle was a smaller fuel barge, then Zen and the Moorings cat. Our 3-lock, 85 foot elevator ride to Gatun Lake was perfect. We watched the turbulence of the incoming fresh water and the Atlantic Ocean surge behind us. Don, Andre and Frank took turns at the two docklines, while the off-man took photos and absorbed the feat of engineering. Arriving at the mooring around 10:00pm, we laughed, commiserated and then after some strong Venezuelan chocolate caliente, we passed out. Next morning, at 6:30a everyone woke up to the thunder of Howler Monkeys in the jungle around us. They are so loud, it sounds something between a lion's roar or a Mack truck. Ricky, our new advisor, was shuttled to us in a pilot boat and once onboard, we were underway for the Banana Channel Shortcut. The day was a motorboat ride through the jungle. Many Panamax ships, loaded down, passed us going toward the Atlantic. As we neared Pedro Miguel lock, we rafted back up to Gavin. The remaining 3 locks, one at Pedro Miguel and 2 at Miraflores, were absent of turbulence as we slowly descended to the Pacific. Again, a perfect downward elevator ride.
A little sidenote: we've heard many colorful stories about advisors, the Canal employees who join private vessels to transit the locks. Our two, Francisco and Ricky, were helpful, knowledgeable, and really pleasant to have on board. They made our trip enjoyable and flawless. To our voluntary crew, Don, Andre and Frank, THANK YOU so much for your company, conversation and all-out physical labor! We loved having you as part of the Zen family.
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, [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/zen/
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