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One of the things that I enjoy doing is moving links on our Research page into the “cruisers/boaters we have met in our travels” category. In the past couple of months, we have had the pleasure of being able to do this with several different boats, the most recent of which is Makai, a Leopard 47 now anchored right beside us. We first made the acquaintance of Eric and Jackie of Makai when they emailed us when we were still in Grenada, inquiring if we would be able to check on their boat which was on the hard at Grenada Marine. Since that time, we have kept in touch a bit via email but it was only just the other day that we were finally able to meet in person. Eric and Jackie are cruising with their 3 young kids and a big friendly dog and it seems to us like they’re having a blast. Last evening, we, along with our friends Paul and Sheryl from Distant Shores and John from Stingo, were invited for drinks aboard Makai and we all had fun swapping stories.

Left to right, ZTC, Makai and Distant Shores. Stingo is hidden behind the hill.

Speaking of kids, our friend John on Stingo, the developer of the excellent website Desperate Sailors (sadly, as of March 8, 2018, this website is no longer active), explained to us that he recently added some new features to his site to allow parents cruising with kids to add their family details to their profile, thus helping boat kids to connect with other playmates. In addition to that, parents who are homeschooling their young ones on board can now seek out others who are doing the same to pool resources. I think that this a great idea for all the families we know who are out here cruising are always seeking other kids for their young crew to socialize with. John just gave them one more way to do so.


  1. Great idea! I will definitely check it out!

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