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

Really Random Thoughts

15 March 2009 | underway
Do people go nuts in the doldrums? I've read the books about sailors hearing voices, seeing faces deep from the ocean depths and drinking sea water. I'm not at that point, probably due to nice fresh desalinated drinking water at my disposal, but my brain is bouncing from one thing to another. Watching the ocean patterns is like staring at a campfire. Leaves your brain to wander at will. Here's one. This trip is like being pregnant. The body, emotions and sleep patterns change naturally over a period of 9 months. When you finally become a parent, you are well practiced in the area of sleeplessness and bond at a special level w/your new family member. This Pacific passage is a multiweek pregnancy. It's slowly making us adapt to a new pace that lies ahead of us. We are all slowing down, becoming less frenetic and appreciating the beautiful sights around us. This will hopefully carry over to our new personas for the South Pacific islands. Slow down? How can a family who lives on a boat slow down even more? Picture a hurricane coming to your town. You know it will arrive in 24 hours. Preparations are imminent, but wait...you need do it all without a car, in a foreign land, and in a language you don't know. That's how we live when we are about to make a passage. Weather window opens and the drill I just described begins. Sometimes its successful, sometimes not. Another random thought. This one is for my friends who love new cleaning products. I have found a product that nears perfection. When traipsing around in Venezuela, I saw there were two kinds of dish soap: the regular liquid kind we use in the US and containers of hard soap. There were a lot more choices of the latter (all in Spanish of course), and now I know why. They look like one pound ricotta containers filled with a hard green substance. Open it up and voilla, cleaning dream. It's the consistency of hard cream cheese, but with a grit, like Soft Scrub, mixed evenly into the soap. It's a miracle product, cleans like a magician, and the big containers naturally replenish themselves. OK, I drank a little salt water for that one. Cleaning girlfriends, you know who you are, go to the store and see if Axion made it to the US. Thank me later. Grin. Who knows any unique recipes for tuna? I have lots of fresh fish and my galley likes variety. Help! And if you have connections to the wind gods, now is the time. Our spinnaker, shown above, is happy to work, but would like a break. So would the engine.
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
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Created 9 August 2009
French Polynesia and Cook Islands
113 Photos
Created 28 July 2009
French Polynesia
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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
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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