06 February 2010

The Plan

Our plan is to cruise as long as it is fun. Our definition of fun is at least 80%-20% on the fun-to-suck ratio with an ideal fun-to-suck ratio of 90%-10%.

Of course, fun is in the eye of the beholder and we've been told a number of times that people are looking forward to our travelogue because they would rather watch it than live it. It's good to know yourself!

On June 16, 2010 we cut the docklines and headed North up the inside of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. We weren't certain where we would go but had some hopes of sailing to the Queen Charlottes. The summer Pacific high had set in solidly so instead of battling headwinds we turned down the West coast of Vancouver Island and spent 3 months enjoying it before being chased off the outside by a series of low pressure systems in late September.

Winter of 2010 was half-time at the dock for part time employment (for Carol) and boatwork (for Livia & Carol) and half-time having other types of adventures (land, air and sea) followed by a month long boat project intensive.

In mid-April 2011 we began full-time boat travel again. We went up the inside passage to the Haida Gwaii and headed down the West Coast of Vancouver Island. In late July 2011 we sailed from Tofino to San Francisco. We spent 7 weeks in San Francisco and continued down the coast of California before crossing into Mexico in mid-October.

Here is where things get really hazy. Do we stay in Mexico for a long time? Do we cruise Central & South America? Do we head West that first April (2012) for the Galapagos and then the S. Pacific or wait another year? Do we completely change our mind and head East through the Panama Canal?

After one season (6 months) we left Mexico for the South Pacific. In March 2012 we sailed several thousand miles from Mexico to the Marquesas in a 26 day passage.

South Pacific - here we come. We're heading West in the Spring of 2012. Can we work it to stay multiple seasons in the S Pacific? Will we want to? Where will we go after that?

We left French Polynesia reluctantly (after falling in love with the country) for the Cook Islands. After visiting several Cook Islands we made the decision to sail against the tradewinds and return to French Polynesia. At the end of the non-cyclone season we put our boat on the hard in the Tuamotus and flew back to N America to apply for a long stay visa in order to spend a year cruising in French Polynesia before continuing West.

We returned to French Polynesia in March of 2013 and are currently cruising in the country. We plan to leave French Polynesia in July of 2014. Where next? First, come join us in the future-me-challenge for your own guesses. Our current plan is to make our way West, ending up in the Marshall Islands for hurricane season. After that, we're really guessing.

Stay tuned...


  1. Sounds absolutely incredible, Livia. I greatly admire you both :) Also, let me know if you sale around to VA and I'm still here at that time! As for Alaska... yowsas... how beautiful!!

  2. I love this description because I have the same sentiments. My boyfriend, however bought an old boat that needed more fixing up than anticipated, so our fun-to-suck ration is more like 40 to 60 right now. Hoping we are almost through the "sucky" part, though. I think you have a sound plan. Just found your blog btw and will be checking back! Good luck!

  3. Great boat choice. My fun-to-suck ratio recently plummetted, as we returned to full time work in Seattle from 2 1/2 year cruise from Seattle to Central America. Check out www.leascotia.com if you're interested.
    I'm happy to help or pass on any info if you'd like - hoping to get out there again in a few years.
    Sail on...
    SV Lea Scotia