A moment to introduce the crew….
El Capitan, and your narrator would be me, Terry.
The wrong side of thirty and refusing to admit that I have to grow up, it was my bright idea to buy a boat and sail off into the sunset. I grew up in New Zealand, and decided to go off travelling for a year or two in 1999; I just never got around to going back… Not that I don’t like the place, its just that there is too much out here to see, and after travelling around for some years, I realised that it was just too easy to pick a destination and buy a ticket, hence the boat… well that and when the zombie apocalypse arrives, I want to be well away from it! It’s a well know fact zombies can’t swim, or did I just make that up….
What crew would be complete without its first-mate, purser, cook and probably the brains behind it all…. Sabine, my trusty co-pirate!Sabine had the misfortune to cross my path in 2004, on the shores of Lago Atitlan in Guatemala, being from Holland, and me from NZ, it was natural that we would meet in the middle. Also a worldly traveller, Sabine left Holland in 2002 and travelled around Europe with her good friend in an old VW camper, before leaving the friend and the camper, to travel in a way most of us will never have the courage to do, with a combination of hitching and busking, she made her way from Spain to England, before finding her way to Mexico and into Guatemala, where the rest as they say is history!
Of course now we have really made life interesting and amazing, by bringing into our lives and our hearts our beautiful daughter Alma! At just 4 weeks old she officially became a boat bubba, and has settled in smilingly to her new Nemo themed berth, there were some complaints about having to share it with us for a while, but that was quickly forgotten when I pointed out the dolphins swimming past her portlight!
And of course our trusty steed, and floating home Sea Raven.
A 60’ LOA (length over all for the lubbers) and 55’ waterline, ketch rigged sailing catamaran Sea Raven was completed in 1978 or there abouts, in Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the US’n’A. Advertised as a Jim Brown design, I emailed him shortly after the sale to find out more about her. He had no recollection of designing a 60’ catamaran, something you’re likely to remember doing, so at this point her actual design lineage is kinda murky. From what I could find out on the interweb, and talking to a few multihull designers/surveyors, it seems she was built from a design by Rudi Choy for the star of Bonanza, I forget his name now, but the name of the boat is Sea Smoke. Sea Raven is a slightly modified version of those plans, with more modifications added later. Having spent the better (worst) part of her life in active charter service, first in San Diego with Hornblower, and then in San Francisco at Rendezvous Charters, she was rescued from her life of servitude by my co-pirate and I, and we have almost (lmao) finished converting her into a live-aboard cruiser, and our home.