Here are some interesting links we have come across:
S/V Trinity This
a great site by some cruising friends of ours from Seattle who sold
their house, quit their jobs and took off down the coast in their HR
46 to Mexico on an open ended adventure. We buddy boated with
them for most of our 2004-2005 Central American Adventure. They have two boys about
the same ages as our kids. Serious cruisers and super fun
people. Look for them in our logs and follow their site as they continue
their open-ended cruising adventure!
We met the McConnells in November 2004 in La Paz, Mexico and became fast
friends. Great family on a great adventure. It was really hard
saying goodbye to these guys when we left Bahia del Sol in May 2005. We
really miss them, but will be following their own open-ended adventure via their
really cool site.
S/V Stargazer You
can find Nick and Nicole from Stargazer starting in our December 2004 logs from the
islands north of La Paz, Mexico and continuing all the way to Barra-de-Navidad,
where sadly, we parted ways as they had to return to California and civilization
and put Stargazer up for sale. Something about getting married in
Australia I think.... A really fun couple in their 20's living the dream
S/V Avanti Sam
and Nadia and their daughter Julie are cruising buddies we met on the 2004 Baja
Ha-Ha. We hung out with them on and off all through our 2004-2005 Central
American adventure and both Sula and Avanti rode the same Dockwise transport up
to Vancouver BC. Great folks, great friends who we hope to cruise more
with in the Pacific Northwest.
Stiggs Afloat We have never
met these folks, but they look like they are having a lot of fun. They
left last year from Seattle and are doing exactly what we plan to do, just a
year ahead of us. We are also jealous of their killer web site. Lots
of great photos.
Tioga Adventures We've
never met these people either, but they buddy boated with friends of ours while
they were in Mexico - Mike and Jinny and their kids on S/V Atalanta. Great
site, lots of inspiration here.
S/V Felicity Okay, now we are
really jealous. Another great site with tons of logs and photos from their
adventures in Mexico and the South Pacific. Don't miss their
article on cruising the
South Pacific and New
Zealand for new comers.
This is the well known site of the John Neil and Amanda
Swan Neil - friends of ours who teach open ocean blue water sailing skills for a
living. Ah, what a life. Melissa joined them on a 2 week
expedition in Alaska in 1999 in preparation for our 2000 trip. Eric just
got back from joining them on a 4 week passage from Auckland,
NZ to Papeete Tahiti via Raivave and Tubuai in the Austral Islands
aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46' Mahina Tiare III. Lots of great
sailing, cruising and weather information plus photos and trip reports of all
their passages going back many years. A wealth of information.
We would be remiss if we didn't link to the mother ship here. These guys make the best blue-water sailing yachts in the world from 32
to 62 feet (including ours). Photos, specifications, interior layouts and
more. Some of the best boat-porn around.
HR Parts and
Accessories If you own a Hallberg-Rassy, you soon discover this site
to be invaluable. Vickie at HR Parts works wonders and can ship you
absolutely anything you might need parts-wise anywhere on the planet.
Truly one of the hidden benefits of owning a HR.
Sound Rigging and Yacht Services (now under the banner
of Yacht Masters). This is a placeholder to link to a site they say
they will be up shortly. If you want super high quality work done on your
boat in the Seattle area for a fair price, from rigging to cabinetry and
especially electronics installation, these are the guys to use. Highly
recommended. Contact Todd at
You want a bolt, fastener, or tool, it's here.
GPS City These
guys rock. Anything you might need in the GPS area at probably the best
price you will find anywhere. We've ordered a bunch of stuff from them and
it is always the least expensive of anywhere we looked. They were also the
only ones we found who carried the custom RAM PC Display mount I wanted in
stock. They literally shipped it 30 minutes after we ordered it on-line.
NOAA Weather FAX Page for the Gulf of Mexico. Your tax dollars at
work. We used this link often when cruising Pacific Central America as
most of the weather on the Pacific side comes across the Isthmus from the Gulf
side once you get near the Equator.