Saturday, June 3, 2017

Islander 36 For Sale

Well, the past two months have been quite the wild ride. After finishing the delivery of the Andrews 70 from the BVI to Florida, I spent a month in Florida doing odd jobs and a short delivery from Naples down to the Keys and then made my way back down to South America for the first time since I was 11 years old! I flew to Cartagena, Colombia and then made my way to Maracaibo, Venezuela.

That's right. Venezuela. And I made it back to tell the tale. My three weeks in the country during mass riots and nationwide unrest was actually a life changing experience. I was told that I would surely be kidnapped or murdered, and I ended up meeting the most amazing people and not wanting to leave. But that is a story for another time.

I'm back in Florida right now helping my friend sell his Islander 36 that he just sailed from San Francisco to Florida by way of the Panama Canal. The boat is exceptionally well set up for offshore sailing - with a new engine, new rig, liferaft, windvane, dinghy with outboard, solar panels, and everything you need to sail around the world.

So if you are looking for a boat to take you anywhere hit me up - Plus, I'll teach you to sail and deliver her from Florida to you (especially if you live in Tahiti ;) ).

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sailing in the South

Got into West Palm Beach on April 10th after a great sail up from Tortola onboard up the Florida Keys and then onwards!

I also want to apologize for those who have been unable to visit my website There has been some issues with the hosts and the website is down temporarily. I am working to either get it back up, or get a new one using the same domain up and running asap. Oh the challenges of a modern day adventurer!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

BVI to Florida

I'm off to the BVI to help deliver this beast to Florida. Stay tuned for updates....

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hola from Guatemala City!

Welcome to a lovely cesspool of heat, angry people packed into far too small of a space, lots of pollution and honking horns and drivers that if you don't watch yourself are all too happy to add you to the ever growing list of casualties left to decay in the gutter. Add to that one of the highest murder and kidnapping rates in the world, "La Leina", the famous district full of prostitutes, criminals and drugs, and you've found yourself a little slice of paradise right here in Central America.

You gotta love a city where they need two guards sporting semi-automatic rifles to guard burger king.

Actually I kinda like it. But not on my first day here.

Seeing as how this past week began, I'm sure glad it took a 180 degree turn, and I've got various exciting developments to report. But first let me explain how things stooped pretty low just a few days ago.

I had a great time in Flores, which is such a beautiful town, and I very much enjoyed exploring the legendary Mayan ruins of Tikal. Tikal was unique compared to the other Mexican ruins I have visited in that it is located entirely in the jungle. Absolutely fantastic, and perhaps my favorite ancient archaeological site to date. I met some new friends from Texas on the ride back, and we had so much fun I decided to stay in Flores for another day to visit. Then I took the bus to Guatemala City...

Believe it or not, I actually usually enjoy long bus rides. I like kicking back and watching the world go by, listening to some music or reading a book while I make progress toward a new destination. It's usually something I look forward to. This bus ride, however, was made extremely unpleasant due to the fact that the seat next to me being occupied by a morbidly obese man who was sweating profusely the entire ride. Or more accurately, next to me and on top of me, since his voluptuous bulk took up the better part of two seats. I must admit that by the time we arrived in the city, I was more than ready for a hot shower and a warm bed.

Funny how things turn out sometimes.

After negotiating with five or six taxi drivers, I finally found someone who would take me to my hotel for less than $20 - a fortune in Guatemala. I won't go into details to describe the experience except to say what should have been 30 minutes took three hours. He couldn't find the place, and ended up ditching me beside a slum outside the city. And at the end of the ride, as I was standing outside the taxi getting ready to pay, my charming host plucked the wad of cash right out of my hand and sped off into the smog, leaving me to shout a few choice words into the void.

I knew I needed to get out of there so I hopped on the next bus passing by and eventually found a place to stay by the airport. It was way too overpriced, but I was more than happy to pay any amount of money for the luxury of sleeping all day, which is exactly what I did.

That evening I met a lovely fellow traveler from Germany, and we had something else in common - she had just had her phone stolen! We shared a few beers and by the end of the night I had forgotten about the past two days entirely. Another day survived...

Anyway, I have since spent the past days working away on writing and sponsorship pursuits, and have some exciting developments to report. First, I've got two new articles that will be published in the upcoming copies of Yachting World Magazine, I cannot give away too many details here except to say one article is on the Ecoliner, a concept for a sailing cargo vessel (an idea that I have been supporting for years) and the other is on Undaunted, a 42 inch sailboat in which Matt Kent is attempting to cross the Atlantic.

Yes, you read that right. 42 inches. Look him up. Here's the two very different vessels:

I am also proud to announce two new supporters of the expedition:

Skeleton Technologies will be supplying a SkelTech Gen which will enable me to start the engine in any kind of conditions even after running the batteries all the way down. Having this backup will be a huge reassurance and it will be a tremendous comfort to know that when I turn the key, the engine will start. Sometimes it can mean the difference between life and death, and I am proud to have the support of Skeleton Tech helping to keep me safe.

And I am also proud to announce the support of Some people consider kratom a controversial product, considering it was almost banned in the USA by the DEA. Of course that is what happens to any product that happens to be a healthy, natural and affordable alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Having witnessed how kratom can make a huge positive impact in people's lives, anything from helping with ADD to easing pain to fighting a heroin addiction, I am convinced that when consumed properly and responsibly this leaf from southeast Asia has tremendous potential. Just ask the people in Southeast Asia who have been using it for hundreds of years.

I'll be updating my website this week so keep an eye out for these wonderful new supporters in the days to come. And I'm off on the 2nd of April to the British Virgin Islands to join Brian Caldwell on our 9th delivery together, this time to Florida. Then on to South America, assuming I can make all the necessary preparations and raise adequate funds.              

Fair winds Everybody! Here's a few new pics:


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala

This week I've cleared into two new countries, bringing my total to 25...officially 1/8th of the way to my goal of 200! Only 175 to go!

I spent far too long in Cancun, a town which was a bit too much of a tourist trap for my tastes, especially after 17 days in Mexico City, which is truly one of those places which is an explosion of sensory overload every where your look. I'm not one to be drawn to cities, so I expected to only spend two or three days there, but 17 days after I arrived I realized I'd have to leave if I wanted to see any other parts of the country. 

Clearing in to Mexico, by the way, was an experience in itself. I am no stranger to corrupt customs agents (they have stopped me so many times over the years I personally know many of them along the US/Canadian border), but I was surprised to be pushed into a separate room and interrogated upon my entry to Mexico. It's usually a very easy place to clear in to. Perhaps it has something to do with the orange devil's policies towards Mexico, and the common assumption around the world that everyone in the USA is a supporter of Trump.

Aaaaaanyways, I spent two weeks in Cancun, mostly working on my writing projects and my thus far largely unsucsessful campaign at drumming up sponsorship funds, and then took a series of buses to Belize.

San Ignacio was a neat little town in the jungle, where I spent some time chilling by the river and then had a great time enjoying a few of the far too cheap happy hour rum and punches with my new friends from Canada and Ohio. Once I learned that you could buy a fifth of quality Belizean rum for less than $5 I realized I needed to leave the country quickly, so I took a bus to the Guatemalan border, and a collectivo (a van) to Flores.

Flores is a beautiful town on an island on a huge lake and the kind of place where I feel right at home, finally being next to a beautiful body of water, with a nearly endless expanse of jungle and exciting Mayan ruins to explore. I plan to be here for a few days and then head on down to Guatemala City. Here's a few pics:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Gofund Me!

Latest dispatches from the western front: I've set up a gofundme page! Please check it out and consider donating a few dollars, every bit helps. You can find it at

On another note, Mexico has been absolutely wonderful. Since the completion of a delivery of a Beneatu 49 from St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands to Florida, I have begun the first leg of my long journey to visit every country in the world. This part of the expedition takes me from Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, before flying to the British Virgin Islands for another yacht delivery.

In Mexico, I spent 17 days in Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world, and truly a fascinating place, and now have been on the Yucatan Peninsula for a week. I would like to thank my wonderful guides to Mexico City, Carolina and Gab, for showing me their wonderful and a little bit crazy city.

Now for a few pictures...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I'm back! It's been a while and there's been loads of amazing adventures since my last post. Be sure to check out my new website, which is all about my project to sail around the world and visit every sovereign country. As you can imagine, there will be lots to write about! More to come really soon, but in the meantime here's a few pictures from some of my recent exploits...