Wayfinder Update

Just spent a month in St. Francis Bay looking over the build of Wayfinder. Here’s the video I shot on the last day:

I’m now in Cape Town, and won’t be back to St. Francis Bay until early August. At that point, the boat should be close to going into the water. It still doesn’t feel real. I remember this feeling when I bought my first sailboat in Baltimore back in 1995. My friend Scott and I crawled through the boat, filled it with supplies and sailed down to Charleston with all kinds of crazy adventures along the way.

There’s something about living at sea that just feels right to me. I could have spent the same amount of money on a house, a car, property taxes, power bills, water bills, cable, internet, etc., and I wouldn’t be nearly as happy. With a boat, you are self-sufficient. You make your own water and power. You catch as much of your food as possible. And when you move from place to place, you take everything with you.

I look forward to taking you all with me on this trip, whoever wants to follow along. A lot of writing to do. A lot of reading. A lot of learning.

COMMENTS (26)

Melissa Alexander

I’ll be following — and not just because I plan to do the same in… *checks calendar*… 5 years, 11 months. (Well, that’s when the house goes on the market. We may start the build on the boat then and spend a year or two driving the US and Canada before sailing.)

Remind me. Is Wayfinder a true blue water boat or primarily a coastal cruiser? Are you planning to circumnavigate or just hang in the Caribbean? Do you prefer tropical or higher latitudes? We prefer the latter for climate, but we don’t have the sailing experience for it.

When do you think you’ll launch? Uh, generally. No stalkiness, just curiosity.

There is no more blue water boat than this. She’s built in South Africa, to handle the Cape of Good Hope and the Southern Ocean. Most of these boats go clear around the world. They’ve been in 50 foot seas and 60 knots of wind.

Congrats on setting the date, Melissa. Look forward to rowing over for a drink one day. And we should be in the water by August. Stalk away.

I just want to say thanks for bringing us along, Hugh. It’s going to be a wonderful adventure even for those of us who are staying behind–I can scarcely imagine how fantastic it will be for you and Amber and Bella.

So cool. I can’t even imagine what life is going to be like on this. I’m really looking forward to following your adventures. Just one question, how’s Bella going to do on the boat? Has she been on one with you before?

Don’t forget, since you guys are leaving from my home continent and favourite city, that one of the “must see” places in the world to travel to by boat is the SOUTH Island of NZ.. not just that other place! Looking forward to hearing of your travels and hopefully..meeting you when you get here :)

Can’t wait to get to the south island!

Wow! That’s a lot of fiberglass and epoxy. Congrats! Enjoy!

Your idea to leave space in the nav station instrument cluster for the laptop’s screen is brilliant. How are you going to secure the laptop to the nav station?

I very much want to see the dish drying rack when it is completed.

You don’t need to secure it (unless you mean against theft). You can put a stack of books on the counter, go out in 8 foot seas, and the books won’t move. I would have laughed at the idea of this until I saw it myself. Nothing really shifts about like they do in monohulls.

That is amazing. Been a monohull sailor all these years. This I gotta see.

Looking great! You must be so excited about this new adventure. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

This is ridiculously exciting! I’m so psyched for you all. Thanks for taking us along.

(And Cape Town is the most amazing city! I’m super jealous right now.)

Thank you for posting this here! Your Wayfinder site got blocked by my company’s IT so I haven’t been able to keep up with it as much as I’d like. She’s looking good!

Also, Are you still going to be at the Annapolis boat show in October??

You should check out the crew at S/V Delos (they’ve got a site and you tube channel). I’ve been following them a couple years now and find their trials, tribulations, insights and adventures a constant source of pleasure and inspiration.

I have the same urges, except I want to do it on land. In an old school bus converted to a motor home. Just be a nomad. :)

This is so exciting! I think our family may find our way to boat-living someday! We are selling our house and are going to travel the US via RV together (the 5 of us) and have the experience of a lifetime! We’ve looked into sailing lessons, and found a great place that will teach us everything we need to know. Someday, we’ll take to the water. :) I’ll definitely be following your new life and learning from you so someday we may follow in your footsteps!

Hey Hugh

Could you extend / deepen the shelf above the nav station? If so, you could sit the lap top up there and have a wireless keyboard on the nav table. That way when it comes to working with hard copy charts etc you would still have lots of room and also be able to fit instruments into the redundant space behind the lap top screen?

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