----- Site Description -----
Cruising Information you'll find great info for
sailors following in our wake: A big equipment section, articles
on cruising with teens, transiting the Panama Canal, yacht provisioning and
recipes, FAQs, downloadable Track Files
plus pages on specific areas like Australia and Indonesia.
pages showcase our underwater photography,
reef life and
scuba‑diving. Dive sites
include GPS locations so others can find these sites as well. We have new dive information on Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, Indonesia.
||On our Ocelot
pages you can see pictures of the original boat plus her layout,
specifications and some of the modifications we've made to turn her into an ocean
cruiser. More recent pages take you through the details of our major
Landfalls pages are divided by ocean -- Caribbean,
Pacific, and Indian.
They're all about where we've been and what our impressions were. They're as
much for land travelers as cruisers. Amanda 'hot‑spotted' most maps, helping to clarify the geography.
||We've illustrated the newsletters emailed from the
Pacific Ocean and
Indian Ocean. Read about our
travels and "passage notes" while at sea. To get our e‑newsletters you can
and manage your own subscription. Our mailing list is never shared with anyone.
|The Flora and Fauna
pages document many of the plants, animals, birds and marine mammals we've encountered in our
travels. It's organized by geographical regions.
to the Hacking Family website with
and now Rainer
on Ocelot, our Kronos
now 48' (15m) Wauquiez‑designed catamaran. We've been on this trip since 2001 sailing from the Caribbean through the Panama Canal, across the South
Pacific and the Indian Oceans to Africa, then back to Asia. There's so much world to see!
WHAT'S NEW on the SITE
LATEST NEWS: Sue, Jon and Rainer are enjoying the best of Indonesia! After a
month in Nepal in May 2016, we brought Ocelot over the top of Borneo with a military escorted rally. Once
in Indonesia, we sailed from Kalimantan to Raja Ampat via Sulawesi and Halmahera. We spent
5 months in Raja Ampat, diving and sailing with friends and family. In February we
flew to Malaysia for new Indonesian visas and to pick up our nephew, Rainer, who is our new
teenage crew member. Back in Indonesia, we hiked the Baliem Valley in the interior of Papua
before sailing south to Triton Bay. We spent April and May 2017 with family and cruising friends, logging dozens more
dives in this bio‑rich area, exploring rivers, and hiking the rainforest. The winds have now turned to the
southeast and we have more plans to make. Stay tuned...
For Folks in Washington State or with Friends/Family there:
||Sue's newly updated guidebook is now in bookstores and on-line. The 4th
edition(!) of Take A Walk (published by Sasquatch Books) now features 120 parks and
walking trails within 30 minutes of Seattle and Puget Sound (Olympia to Everett) and has lots of new and updated trails.
See Sue's new Take A Walk book!
- Our nephew and newest crewmember is an aspiring artist, so Rainer's new pages are stunning!
- We've updated our Diving Indonesia page again
with more new dive sites through Raja Ampat and Triton Bay. These unspoiled waters provide superb diving.
- We've added a Nudibranchs page to our Underwater Reef Animals section. Picasso critters!
- We welcome your input! Just click the
Make a Comment
link at the bottom of any page to share your thoughts.
- Looking for accurate charts? Now you can make your own groups of perfectly
geo‑referenced navigational (KAP) files from Google Earth. All the tools are free, and we show you how
on our newly updated Google Earth / KAP files page.
- With the help of our friend Behan on s/v Totem, we've now got 2015 information for Cruising Maldives
updated from our last visit in 2009.
- Do you know the difference between cut‑thread & rolled‑thread turnbuckles? Or which type you want? Or
how to check which you have? Before you buy your next turnbuckle,
Check out our new Turnbuckles page.
- We are now publishing track files in both OpenCPN & MaxSea formats. We are also asking cruisers to email us their
tracks so other cruisers can download them. Lets start a Track File Bank!
See our updated Track Files page
- Want to Build a Bimini? We've now brought all our bimini building info together on just 1 page, for easier
reference. It has over 30 illustrations and many links back to the days we actually did the work.
See our new Bimini Building page.