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

Lessons on Chafe

12 March 2009 | underway
Hooray, halfway point has arrived. Zen has safely gotten us 1500 miles into a 3000 mile journey. She gets a little help from her crew. In the above photo, kids are getting a lesson on chafe, where to look for it, how to prevent it and what to do if it starts. The lines (ropes) are set in one position, and since the wind is very consistent out here on the Pacific, there's no need to tack or turn the boat...it's one long, straight course, basically. The lines will sometimes rub themselves so much, the friction will cause them to wear through. Thankfully, we now have 2 more sets of very young, active eyes to help us see a trouble spot before it becomes an issue. We do have some sea life to report. Yesterday, while setting a new fishing lure, Tommy saw what he thinks was a sail fish, bounding through the air, enroute to our lure, within minutes of it hitting the water. That sea monster ate the lure, or performed a mid-field tackle strong enough to shake it loose. Sailfish 1, Zen 0. There are also large animals, fish, I guess, making big graceful dives across the horizon. Birds are here, not big ones, maybe just smaller than a New England seagull, eating and constantly flying. Usually they come in groups of 2 or 3. What are they doing 1500 miles from land? They must be saying the same thing about us! Finally, it's not sea life, but it's definitely something to report, these ocean swells. Like small mountains. It's wild to see them marching toward us, wide and undulating, yet passing easily under our hulls, lulling us into tranquility. Which is exactly where I was hoping the Burgess Family would be at this time of our trip. Tranquil and at peace. Snapshot: Tommy and I were lying on our backs on the front trampoline last night together as the moon rose, talking about how relaxing this journey is, especially with the beautiful full moon shining our path.
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)
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