The three of us plan on moving aboard Winnie in January of 2015.
We will learn the ways of living aboard a sailboat while making our way around the globe. Our basic plan is to make it all the way around, westbound, through the Panama Canal, South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, Madagascar, South Africa, the Atlantic, South America, Caribbean, and home.
We estimate that it will take about three years, with about half the time in ports and backpacking through various island communities and countries, and the other half at sea.
We will begin our journey on the Mississippi River near St Louis, Missouri, and make our way south through the river system, all the way to Mobile Bay where we enter the ocean. Our route has been determined based on trade winds, hurricane seasons, pirate waters, and places that we all want to explore.
The route will inevitably vary as we adjust our course due to wind, waves, mental well-being and the recommendations from people we meet along the way. A more detailed list of all probable ports and a map of our projected route is posted below.
We have been working to outfit Winnie as a comfortable home, but she still lacks many modern conveniences. We aim to live a self sufficient life. We will make our own electricity via solar panels or our homemade bicycle generator. We will have enough electricity to keep some lights on and keep our batteries charged up.
We have kept the boat as simple as possible, by using things like a manual freshwater pump, hand-pump toilet, cockpit bucket showers and catching rainwater. We also have a grill off the back of the boat, and a two-burner gimbaled propane stove inside the cabin. Without much refrigeration, we will be storing lots of pasta, rice, beans, potatoes, onions, carrots, dried and canned foods, catching fish and sprouting to supplement our diet as much as we can.
We are trading in our cell phones for VHF radios and GPS units. We will be able to make full updates when we can get Wi-Fi at ports, but while at sea, we will only be able to send short satellite text messages with our location. We hope to document the journey along the way, and sporadically upload video and photo content about the places we are visiting, and our life onboard.
Happy Sails to you! We look forward to following your journey.
Kyle, thought you might like the fact that your 9 yr old cousin Cade is so impressed with what you are doing & finds it so interesting that he wrote his informative speech about your adventure with the topic being how to sale around the world. Peyton & Cade are reading it regularly.
We are friends with Annie Mae Dwyer and will be very interested in following your travels! We have a 41 ft. Morgan that has been around the world with previous owners. We have only done one voyage from Titusville, FL to Marathon, FL as our “shake-down” cruise! We wish you guys all the best and will be following you closely! Thanks for doing this blog! Gordon and Jean Hansen (Chuluota, FL)