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

Panama Islands

05 February 2009 | Isla Bayoneta, Las Perlas
Cruising friends are very special to us, especially the old and dear ones, like Don James. We love having him as an onboard guest!! Because Don singlehanded s/v Enterprise for thousands of miles alongside our boat in 2000-2001, our kids think he's a blood relative. Right now, while anchored in Isla Bayoneta, with only one other boat in sight, we are playing the Game of Life, paddling the kayak all over the place and completing long awaited boat projects...Don is an integral part of every event. After experiencing Shelter Bay Marina, transiting the Panama Canal and Balboa Yacht Club, the gang thought venturing out to the more remote zones were in order. On Tuesday afternoon, we dropped the mooring ball and motored through the many container ships waiting to cross the canal, on our way to Isla Taboga. Picture many colorful rooftops, angled along a steep mountainside, a white Catholic church, perched on a hill, overlooking a few wide, white beaches, filled with teenagers playing soccer. It was a great afternoon and evening, away from the traffic, pollution, and congestion of Panama City. Everyone we strolled past on the little winding streets greeted us with "Buenas!" and a smile. Chuy on s/v Libre came by in the morning and gave us a plethora of information about Taboga, the Perlas and Galapagos. He and his partner, Susan, are living ashore, with their cruising boat floating in the harbor and managing about 8 rental moorings. We hope to visit him again before departing the area. But now, the weather is calling us to hoist the main and unfurl the jib. It was a 36 mile, 4-hour rocket ride to Isla Bayoneta in Las Perlas. We christened Don in the forward cockpit. Normally it's a pretty dry area, but the boisterous upwind sail was pretty hardcore. Wind was at 50 degrees, 28-knots apparent, we were under a single-reefed main and single reefed jib. Zen was having fun going 10 knots with spray coming over her windward bow, puffy clouds trotting across the sky and cutting through the 4-foot chop. As Chuy predicted, the wind calmed down to 17-knots apparent about halfway through our trip, you know what that means....fishing time! The Pacific is known to be colder in temperature and therefore, more abundance of fish. Sure enough, fifteen minutes later, "Fish On!" Thanks Jason, your reel did the trick! Don and I rolled up the jib to slow down the boat, Tommy went to the stern to reel in the prize. Kids grabbed the gloves, pliers and the fish bag. As soon as the fish was onboard, Don started to unfurl the jib. The wind came up to 30 knots again and we were zooming again, but now toting a beautiful Pacific Albacore. Anchoring was adventurous. It's so much fun going to new unknown locations for the first time. Tides are the big challenge here. In Panama City there's a 16-foot tidal change. Out here, it's a little less, 11-feet. You can imagine how quickly anchoring can become a little hairy. Knowing which tide you are in is a necessity. We picked our spot. Ten feet of water at dead low. It almost looks like Maine. Big boulders at the shoreline, that disappear at high tide, ocean birds circling and fishing, winds whipping up the waters in big gusts. Today was idyllic, productive, delicious and adventurous. You can ask Don, but I think he's going to extend his stay to accompany us to Galapagos. That says it all. :-)
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