Updated: June 11, 2013
1. When did you set off cruising?
We left Kingston, Ontario on July 31, 2010.
2. What kind of boat do you have?
S/V Zero To Cruising is a PDQ 32 catamaran. In the year 2000 she was built in Whitby, Ontario, hull number 45. Her LOA is 32′, beam is 16′ and draft is 3′. She is powered by two 9.9 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engines.
3. Why a Catamaran (as opposed to a monohull)?
There are plenty of links out there which tackle the Cat vs. Monohull debate. A simple Google search will pull up plenty! Shallow draft, no healing and plenty of space are just a few of the Cat’s many advantages. It is almost easier to list the downsides to purchasing a Cat as the list is much shorter. Higher cost and lower availability of good, used cruising Cats seem to be the two biggies.
4. How long are you going to do this for?
How does one really answer a question like that? Forever is what I usually say, knowing of course that it won’t really be the case. Unlike many others, Rebecca and I have no 4-year plan to circumnavigate the globe and then move on to the next big thing (we think such a plan is very cool, it’s just not what we’re up for).
I remember reading a thread on Sailnet, an internet forum catering to sailors and cruisers, that asked the question “Would you get bored of cruising?” One of the replies stuck out in my mind. The poster said “I got bored…but it took six years. Best six years of my life! Nothing has to be forever to be worth doing!” In my mind that is perfect!
5. How do you connect to the internet so frequently?
Here are all the dirty details.
6. What camera do you use for all of your photos?
Originally, the vast majority of the photos on this blog were taken with a Canon PowerShot D10. We have since upgraded to its successor, the Canon PowerShot D20. We also shoot some pics with our Canon 30D using a variety of lenses. The newest addition to our camera arsenal is our GoPro HD Hero 2.
7. How much does it cost to cruise?
You probably won’t like the answer but here are our thoughts on the subject.
8. What are your plans?
To sail South. How far south? Well, our current plan has us heading down towards Grenada but we’ll be making plenty of stops before we get there!
Well, the above was our original plan, and we certainly did it. For three years we cruised the Caribbean and made it as far south as Trinidad. We made landfall in almost all of the major islands in the Eastern Caribbean, and had a fantastic time doing so. Our newest adventure will find us acting as Captain and First Mate on a Leopard 4600 catamaran. We’ll be storing ZTC on the hard in Grenada and later this year, offering crewed charter vacations on the new boat.