60’s

Wow, life! When I (James) was in my 20’s I remember lying in the grass on a warm Texas summer’s night looking up at the stars at the immensity of it all and saying to my friend next to me, “I can’t even imagine living after 30!” My friend exploded with laughter yelling, “Here we are looking up at the infinity of space and time and you can’t even see past 30 years? What could possibly be wrong with living your life as long as you can to experience as much of the universe as possible?” From my current vantage of 60 times around the sun my answer to her would be a resounding, “absolutely nothing!” Now granted, at the ripe old age of 24 I had already experienced a large part of the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. I had lived through 2nd and 3rd degree burns on about 20% of my body. I had also somehow lived through a broken neck without any permanent paralysis, so my perspective on living was a bit skewed by the drama of trauma and the road well traveled. But wow, life! If I had given in to my own fatal expectations the incredible things I have witnessed in this life would have never existed at all. I wouldn’t have met my friend Dena, the most important influence of them all. I wouldn’t have been a pirate or a rock star in the 90’s in Seattle. I wouldn’t have experienced 10 hours of 40 ft following seas coming around Cape Mendocino. I wouldn’t have walked the halls of the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort or Fatepur Sikri. I wouldn’t have seen the Golden Temple or Kanyakumari. I would have never sailed in an ocean so blue it vibrated my eyes. But wow, life![…]

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The electric advantage

We just heard that the guy who was prepping his NorSea 27′ for an electric circumnavigation from Seattle is approaching Hawaii. We were thinking he might be the one to challenge our potential world record as the smallest electric boat to circumnavigate. The only problem: he’s not on an electric boat. He says he is, and he has an electric motor aboard, but discovering he backed it up with a gas generator that he ended up using all down the California coast was a shocker to say the least! That’s not an electric boat, that’s a gas boat! I (James) am so fed up with that stupid bullshit! I am so sick and tired of these people who claim to be doing something revolutionary like taking an electric sailboat around the world and at the last moment packing a cheap genset aboard, 50 gallons of gas, and taking off under the false pretenses of going electric. That’s not revolution, that’s a fucking lie supporting the status quo. (For those of you who don’t know: genset is the term for generator-set meaning a combination of diesel or gas engine and electric generator.) We’re on this leg of our life’s adventures at sea to prove -once and for all- that the world can be discovered under sail with a completely electric auxiliary motor as back up. I get the idea of wanting to cover all your bases for the sake of self preservation and the ‘Prudent Sailor Survives’ and all that crap but you are either going electric or you’re sucking at the petroleum tit. And that’s all there is to it. Now backing up a few years, when we first started batting around the idea of going electric, we were looking at a beautiful Tayana 37 Pilothouse with a dead diesel[…]

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