Hey, whats going on? I really miss your posts! I miss you two, too.
Jack & Marce,
Where are you guys? I left Beaufort Docks after two nights (and the usual arrogant attitude there) and headed up the ICW. Got hit with a violent Tstorm (60-70kts) in the Pungo River. After that all was no big deal. I’m berthed just off the Patuxent River in Hollywood, MD for the rest of the month. In August I plan to head to the northern Bay. Will be heading south in November.
Have you got any resolution on the C80 chartplotter issues? Raymarine has started a support forum (http://raymarine.ning.com/forum),, which seems very responsive. If you haven’t tried it already I recommend giving it a go.
Hi Marce and Jack,
Still enjoying your adventures and hoping you had a great holiday.
Karen and Nate
Thanks guys, Happy Anniversary!
HI Marce and Jack, Do you remember us? You looked at our Manta in Ft Lauderdale, Emerald. We picked up your blog and have enjoyed following you as you discover life aboard a boat.
We did sell Emerald to a lovely couple who live in Jacksonville who hope to cruise eventually.
We’ll follow you when we have internet. We’re in San Diego and off on our “Next boat” on another adventure. Take care and safe travels, Carol and Steve
Of course we remember you! It was your boat that made us focus on finding a Manta. Your many years of liveaboard experience inspired us and gave us a much-needed shot in the arm during our boat search. We wish you all the best on your new boat. Keep in touch.
I’m disoriented. I thought you guys were trending south, and suddenly you’re back in Annapolis…
Be well out there. I’m inspired by your adventures.
We’re in Fort Lauderdale. I think we had a software error and the server coughed up an old post, which I think I’ve successfully deleted. Maybe.
Jack – I don’t even know you but couldn’t be any happier for you than I am if I did! A toast to your health tonight! Your living my dream… don’t stop! – John
Happy all the news is good and you are on your way. Just a comment on the cat. Back in the 70’s when we built our first boat, we had a boatyard cat, salty. When we competed the boat and set sail on our first adventure we felt the same that you expressed about Izzy. We sadly gave Salty to Steve’s parents. 5 years later we sailed home and Salty remembered us immediately, moved back aboard and was with us until he died at 20. He made many trips during his final years aboard, didn’t really love the boat either, not sure most cats do, but we were so happy to have him back again. Carol and Steve
Hello Marce and Jack, Paul and I sold our catamaran Coyaba and will be shopping for our new boat. We see you are travelling and enjoying life,… as everyone should be!!
Paul and Shannon
Hi, your comments page for the canal keeps giving errors. So maybe you will see this. great going- hugs-all 4 of you. You done good! We will meet again someday! nancy b.
I just clicked the link and it worked for me. Maybe clear your cache and try again? I can’t fix anything from here but I’ll pass it on to Drew.
Jack & Marce,
Just checked in your blog for the first time this year. Glad to see you’ve made it through the canal and hope you have a safe journey to the SOPAC.
I was interested you anchored in Portobelo. Back in the 70s I was working on an Army contract in the CZ at Miraflores. One week I was invited on board a yacht that was prepping to transit the canal. They were in Limon Bay and we sailed up to Nombre de Dios and Portobelo. then back to Limon Bay. I have some pictures of Portobelo back then at http://www.svsarah.com/Non-Sailing/ewPanamaScenes.htm#Cruising_the_Coast_of_Panama
I though by this time Portobelo would have been developed into a tourist trap, but from your pictures it looks pretty much the same as in the 70s.
Good luck on your cruise and have a safe voyage to where ever you are headed.
About 20 years ago my wife and I had a disastrous trip in a 43′ sailboat from Martinez, CA to Wrangell, AK. I won’t go into any details but I wrote it up and sent it into Latitude 38. They published what I wrote and the editor’s comment was that I had done all the wrong things! I thought, “You asshole. I made many decisions instantly and we all survived to tell the story. I probably had twice as many hours at sea has that editor did and it really hurt. You guys did great! Those things are always very tough but you did what you had to and got back. Good for you. I hope you have many more, much better adventures. If you ever decide to come to Southeast Alaska, look us up.
Hi escape velocity,
This is Lynn and Chuck (formerly s/v CYAN). We may have some help for you. I contacted the Manta factory regarding your situation. As I am sure you know the factory is now closed, but I found Joe Hanko, who says he can help with repairs in remote locations. I don’t know if he was with the factory, or is just a Manta community person. In any event his email is
I don’t know if you received any of our previous comms, but we made our pacific crossing in ’07, and are willing and able to provide (dated) info about our experiences, if you would like th hear.
Your email from today is exactly in the spirit of the dedicated cruiser. Press on and yu will be rewarded with experiences beyond your expectations.
Chuck and Lynn
My husband and I have been following your blog since Dirk shared about your disaster at sea. ( We have done some sailing years ago.) I was overjoyed and “misty eyed” to read Sunday morning that you arrived safely in Costa Rica. You’ve been in our prayers as you made your way to a safe harbor. Thank you for sharing. We love your blog and we don’t even know you.
Jack & Marce ,Have a great trip ,Look forward to seeing you this side of the Pacific ,You Guys deserve a great time you have both earned it ,Best wishes Tom
Well done you two ,Very happy for you
The suspense is killing me. I can’t wait to see both of your new adventure beauty marks! I hope you have internet soon so you can post photos. I am so happy for both of you and I feel like I’m living the adventure with you. I can hardly wait for the book. Miss you both. Hugs Peace and smooth sailing.
I attempted to subscribe, as noted, but did not receive the confirmation email. Oh well, I’ll check back occasionally as I know you’re in the Marquesas. That San Francisco single-hander, Tim, is my nephew and the reason I’m monitoring your site.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Marce & Jack , Still following your trip , You have lots of great things to see ahead , Great how you Guys have bounced back from last years disappointment ,I am so pleased for you both great spirit ,Best wishes Tom
now that u have time how do I get my blog on the home page. thanks for your help. love your blog. Bill White Irish Gift Manta 42 #82
Bill that’s a question for the Manta Owners website. Email Clark. I’m just another owner.
Those kayaks look good on you guys! Hooray for a successful quest!
Am really enjoying your trip in a lurking sort of way. Have a friend in NZ and wish to visit one day. You are having a wonderful time in spite of some setbacks and I love your posts and view from the deck (verandah). Keep it up – wonderful. Thanks.
ps the comment link on the bottom of your posts is not working. It comes back with a Not Found message.
Thanks. I’ll see if I can fix it.
We arrive April 8 and will be looking to do this walk once we get all the gear checked into our hotel room. There is so much boat stultifying David has to pay for an e tra box…Le cafe de Trader Joe is safe in my bag…no worries mate. Wish I could have pulled off bringing a cuisinart!
Fair winds…. hope we catch up with you again either in NZ inwhich we can recommend spending a lot of time or when we get offshore ourselves.
David and Linda
Congrats on your journey to Fiji. Monica and I continue to read your blogs and hope to follow in your adventures! Jason, Breathe / Hull 49
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