At sea, sailors always have to be on the lookout for hazards. Besides the ordinary hazard created by meeting other vessels, there are less common things to watch for, like wayward shipping containers, abandoned fishing nets, sleeping whales, and even waterspouts. But there are some strange sights in South Pacific that you would never, ever expect to see. Continue reading
An important part of preparing for an offshore passage is provisioning the ship. Depending on how well you plan, your voyage could be heaven or it could be hell.
There are plenty of good books available on provisioning, but most assume that you are leaving from North America, or a port in some other modern country. It’s a different story if you have to stock up on a little island in the South Pacific! That’s where you have to be flexible and be able to innovate. Continue reading
On our voyages through the remote South Pacific in the 1980s the one thing that stays with us the most—next to the unspoiled islands and cultures—is the variety of amazing characters we encountered along the way.
After we went our separate ways we relived these experiences in conversations between pairs of us, usually over a beer or two, but we didn’t all get together again until 1999 when we met at the Harbor Pub and Pizza overlooking the Ala Wai Harbor in Waikiki. Continue reading
It would be hard to find three more different guys than us. And harder still to imagine how we all came to be together in the tropical swelter of Pago Pago, American Samoa. You could say that the encounters in Honolulu that we describe in the book were a lot like the encounters of the “gentlemen of fortune”—buccaneers—of the seventeenth century. Like pirates in Jamaica’s old Port Royal, Honolulu is one of the places around the world that offshore sailors meet. True, our intent was mostly peaceful, but the spirit was the same.