My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
Even when “Adventure” is our middle name, we often shrink from making too drastic decisions that would really cut our lives adrift from the sameness and security that we also like to enjoy day to day. And how can anyone just “sail away” when they have children and want to give them the best of everything – home, possessions (tools) and education? To those who haven’t done it, it can seem downright irresponsible – and I don’t mean only literally sailing away. Just deciding to build your own house or making a radical change of lifestyle can be enormous for most people. Myself included.
So we need all the encouragement we can get. Here’s some encouragement from Dave and Jaja, a couple who sailed round the world on a 25-foot sailboat when they were in their 20s, now have three children, have built their own home and continue to sail the oceans of the world, including among hazardous icebergs.
America’s excellent PBS made a documentary about the family. I haven’t yet found a source to watch it online but here’s a four-minute trailer that may whet your appetitite for more.