FAQ 1. What’s with all this cycling stuff? I thought you two were sailors.
Looking for a new challenge, we decided to take a vacation from boating and to ride mountain bikes towards Ushuaia, Argentina. But since you asked, here is everything you wanted to know (and perhaps more) about our current adventure.
FAQ 2. Do you still own a boat?
Yes. Our current boat, purchased in July 2015, is a 1983 Amel Maramu. Now Canadian-flagged, our Amel, which we re-named Frost, is ketch rigged and 46′ long. She is presently moored in Martinique.
Our first boat, Zero To Cruising, was a PDQ 32 catamaran. We purchased that boat in Canada in July 2009 and sailed her south to the Eastern Caribbean. We lived on board her, and traveled around the Caribbean, until June 2013. Between the time that we lived on our PDQ and purchased our Amel, we lived and worked on a Leopard 4600, running charters in the Virgin Islands.
FAQ 3. When did you set off cruising?
We left Kingston, Ontario on July 31, 2010.
FAQ 4. Did the two of you do a lot of sailing as kids?
No. The truth is that neither of us knew much about sailing at the time that we decided to sell everything and head out cruising, hence the Zero To Cruising moniker. You can read about our progress from the newbie stages by starting at the beginning of our blog.
FAQ 5. Why did you switch from a Catamaran to a monohull?
Although we loved our PDQ, and still believe that she is a fantastic boat, in our opinion that cat was just not suited for high-latitude sailing. Because our plan, at the time, was to sail towards Patagonia, we purchased a boat which we felt was more suitable for that trip.
If you’re curious, here are our thoughts on the subject of Catamarans vs. Monohulls.
FAQ 6. How much does it cost to cruise/travel?
You probably won’t like the answer but here are our thoughts on the subject.
Updated: January 15, 2018