From a man I admire
July 19 ·
WOULD YOU SAIL AROUND THE WORLD IN THIS SIZE BOAT
This young man did. I think the boat
is an Islander
, about 30', more or less. Notice the wind vane steering
and the life saving equipment
. Boat looks a little beat up, but remember, it has been around the world.
I took this photo
several years ago. I was anchored in Bahia
de Tortuga on the Pacific Side of the Baja
Peninsula about 200 miles south of Ensenada. I was returning to San Diego
from my cruise
to Cabo San Lucas and La Paz
on my Downeast 38. Sitting on deck
of my boat having a cup of coffee one morning, I saw this young man motoring by.
He waved and I asked him where he was coming from. He said that he had anchored about 20 miles south of Turtle Bay the previous night. I replied, "But where are coming from?" Expecting a reply of Cabo, Mazatlan, etc., I was surprised when he said "around the world". I stood up and shouted to him, "We gotta talk!". Later that day we met in a small cantina on shore and over a couple beers he told me this story.
Five years previous, he was living in San Francisco
. His father died suddenly and the young man was devastated. Not able to recover from the loss and not motivated to work
or go to school
, he made a decision. With some money
he had he bought a boat for about 20K. He did some work
on the boat and then having less than $10K in savings, decided to circumnavigate the world. He did it! He found friends all over the world but mostly sailed alone. Worked along the way at any job available, cook, laborer, deck
hand, navigator, carpenter
, etc. I asked him, "What are you going to do now?". He replied, "I have done what I set out to do. Got it out of my system. I am going back to San Francisco
, sell the boat, get a job, go to school
and live a "normal" life.
As an instructor and experienced cruiser, I am asked frequently about the size of boat and the expense of cruising. Most people think you have to have a large boat and a ton of money
. Not so. Frankly, I would rather start out on a cruise
with a boat like this in good shape (this photo
was taken 14 years ago and has been cruising for 5 years) than I would a Hunter
Frank Dixon's photo.