60 year old couple crosses the Pacific Ocean on 25 foot without engine? – Ep 34


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I studied economics and went into business, but I never really liked it. I decided to follow my dreams and start traveling and seeing the world

I’m crewing on different sailing boats. You can call me a boat hitch hiker. I started in San Diego on the Baja Haha ralley and am planning to cross the Pacific Ocean. Join me on this amazing sailing adventure from the United Stated through Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, The Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, The Kingdom Of Niue, Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji, some other small islands and ending up in New Zealand

I aim to create an entertaining piece of content about my travels about 1 time per week. Unless literally everything goes wrong, but than still, I’ll try to make a video about that! The total length of this trip including Island visits will be more than 10.000 nautical miles. I promise you beautiful scenery and all the things that go right and wrong by living on sailing boats as a crew member! By creating these VLOGS I hope to put a smile on your face!


lautoka63 says:

Nicely done and so interesting to watch. Well done.

Vim Hill says:

this is my favorite of all times

Rimas Meleshyus says:

Great boat Cape Dori, I like it very much, congratulation great sailor. I like it your video. I am from Hawaii islands and sailing around the world. I crossed the Pacific on 24 foot sailboat not belong to the ocean. Fear wind and falling seas.

Bob Finkenbiner says:

the average person in the usa has less than $11,700 in retirement savings, and 30% have less than $1,000. BUT, the top 10% earners have savings of over a million dollars, and top 1% earners have an average of $2.4 million. so the more you have, the more likely you save.

Eliseo Rúa Rodríguez says:

True hippies, great couple….. My respects.

R/V Footprints says:

Nice and caring interview.

offplanetevent says:

Real sailors sailed the world for centuries with no engines.

ray Nic says:

They sound like artist with the financial comments.

ray Nic says:

I don’t understand what’s the big deal about installing an outboard motor for when necc.

Greatgreg100 says:

What was the situation with water on a 41 day trip?

Kenny H says:

What makes you decide to do this trip? Because you can! Nothing makes you feel more connected and alive as long distance sailing!

Mr7valentine7 says:

Such a nice couple! Wise and proud. Wish them all the best. Fair winds at the first place. Thanks for the interview, Mark!

corujariousa says:

What not to admire about this couple? Thanks!

fmagalhaes1521 says:

@HuubvanderMark Van een Amerikaner, Veel dank voor deze video. Ja, ik ben een Amerikaner dat spreekt het Nederlands. Uw video hier geeft me veel motivatie om daar de wereld te zeilen. De boot van mijn dromen is een Wharram Katamaran. :):) Groetjes!!! :):)

Savanna's WildNature Workshop says:

Nice videos and a fun Channel. I single handed to the S. Pacific in the 70’s.
Not a lot of women do that, even today ! I’d love to sail with you and work on my full body tan !
Great work. I subbed to your Channel, PLEASE PLEASE return the favor.
thanks and good winds ! ~ Savanna ~

Kathryn Delbridge says:

In this day and age it really is silly not to have a motor, even just an outboard. With busy shipping around ports, natural dangers, etc even if you choose not to use it 99% of the time. You expect a container ship to go around you? An outboard is insurance. A safety net. I had one on my 22′ that I lived aboard and made a point not to use for the most part (to save on fuel) but I certainly needed it at times, even just picking up a mooring when it was blowing 40+ knots. Suicide in this day and age not to have one.

Roger Anderson says:

My wife and I built a 55′ Herreshoff Marco Polo back in the 70’s….and this route was one of our crossings over the years. It is one of the ‘Classic’ passages and I am glad they made it in only 41 days. The year we went (1981/82) was an el Nino year, the first ‘recorded’….and we ran out of wind 3-degrees North…and motored the rest of the way. A boat without an engine took just a bit over 70 days that same year. Tahiti had 7 hurricanes that year after 40 years without….our friends Ike and Debbie from South Africa were lost on the passage from Marquesas to Tahiti….which put a real damper on festivities. As did the nearly constant salvage operations refloating various cruising boats that were blown to the beach. On one occasion, our boat and a Swan 65 were the only boats over 40 to survive. (Half inch anchor chain was required, most boats just had 3/8″) How hard did it blow? I’d say our worst damage was it blew all the paint off the front of the masts. The 3/4 inch bolts holding the anchor windlass ended up a half inch longer than they were when they started. 3/4 nylon snubber line parted several times during the night, like a cannon shot over the shriek of the wind. Then it was snorkel under my gear so I could breath and crawl forward, bend on another rolling hitch, wrap the Sampson post and mast, veer a few feet more chain and hope for the best….all that with the engine taking some of the strain off the gear turning over on a slow bell. When you go….be ready. All that said, I am truly glad to see some doing this in the old way. Navigation was sextant only then…..I don’t think GPS had even been thought of and Sat Nav was pretty spotty.

Ex-SV Valkyrie

Christopher M says:

What kind of boat is it? I only caught that it was built in 1974. Perhaps I missed it?

Kenny H says:

Sailboats are the chariots of the gods!

gnewb e says:

Some couples make a voyage and are stronger for it, some it shreds the ties of attraction that were presumed to be securely fastened. Cheers to all that brave the seas, each passage enlarges hopes and desires.

dufus says:

nice boat. lovely lady/couple. appreciative of them wanting to leave a small footprint on the planet. no engine. the simple life. the way it’s supposed to be.

Gabby VG. says:

I have watched HUNDREDS of videos here on sailing. It is also a dream of my own. From SV Delos, to Riley and Elaina on La Vagabond (1&2), to even Tika on sailing Uma and many many more. This is HANDS DOWN, the best video I have watched.. So inspiring!!

paulphillips82 says:

I sailed alone in a 25-foot boat in the northern Great Lakes. Most of this was with no dependence on a motor. No motor makes you a sailor. It takes real care and some luck to do this under all conditions. You must anticipate adversities and prepare for them. The long stretches with no wind were the worst thing, but when the wind blew I was on top of the world and in full control.

Rory Tennes says:

ok. I want to know how you bought the boat and outfitted it so cheap

Joe Nooze says:

S.S. Chairman Mao

wellington mar says:


RRRobelt Nest says:

man i wish they were doing videos that would be something.

Rob Harris says:

Check out Eric Hiscock’s book: ‘Cruising under Sail’. for more on this.

robin browne says:

The first thing I bought for my 22 foot sail boat was a set of 8 foot oars.

TheMegaspenny says:

if you like this couple, you should check out the wonderful canadian couple Lin & Larry Pardey. they built a few beautiful wooden boats back in day, and sailed a similarly small boat around the world a couple times, same thing, no engine, and all this in the day, no LEDS n cheap solar, no satellite phone, no GPS,no anchor drag alarms, no smart auto pilots and all that….kerosene lamps an ice box, a home made sea anchor…, just amazing..Lin wrote several amazing books filled with stories and practical advice…. “cruising on a shoestring budget” was great, amazing self sufficiency and smart budgeting, and “Cruising on Seraffyn”,was a mix of a beautiful travel blog and a great tale of seamanship. highly recommended! fair wind and smooth seas to you all!

Dean Lewis says:

WOW no motor you would definitely have to pick your times well because of oncoming tides against you.

hearsejr says:

A cape Dory 25 is a tad small for me, but I remember a few times when is very happy with a Coronado 27…. Even considered it huge at first, but that was because the boat u moved up from was a sunfish! Lol.

David Maguire says:

That s some serious balls right there…pacific ocean +no engine+25ft = a bad time…

DD says:

Great you guys I love cape dory’s with thier full keels good choice

Pasquale Angiolillo says:

what a beautiful couple

Beer400C says:

Those two are awesome!

Walkertongdee says:

Oh its a 25 foot boat not walking I get it now! 25 feet they would have to be an aqua quarter centipede LOL

Ninjuk says:

Wow! So inspiring! The spirit of adventure lives on!

Philip Freeman says:

Love joy peace wealth & abundance for all its COMING SOON & its in 5d . Follow the yellow brick road .

Juan Motie says:


Crusty Cobs says:

Amazing story and great production work. Love and peace to all the daft sailors of the World.

The Really Useful Mug Company says:

This has got to be one of my favourite videos I have seen in a long time. What a beautiful couple. They seem to have really figured life out. I would like to see a lot more about them. Thank you for the video.

Miguel195211 says:

Great video and interview! Great couple and very inspirational. I want to learn to sail and buy a boat; this really helps.

gess ges says:

There totally mad no motor , no way of helping them selfs in bad weather , I love hearing people skite about what they payed for there boat

scrolex says:

What a inspiring story. I’m looking at getting a Tartan 37 in a few years to do this but I get discouraged every once in awhile because I will be around 53 before I get it and keep thinking that is too old to chase this dream. This couple showed me maybe it isn’t too old.

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