- It's 1969,
you're married, twenty-three, and live in a 8'x8'x8' container on Pier
62 at Third and China Basin Street in San Francisco.....right next to
the boat you're building,
from plans you bought for $34.00 from Motor Boating Magazine.
- For four years you work full time at $3.00 an hour while spending the rest of your waking hours building your boat.
- Finally you launch the Seminole and shortly thereafter sail out of the Golden Gate Bridge for Mexico, without electricity or a head.
- You sail to Hawaii, arriving with no money but find you're living a lifestyle only the very rich could afford.
- Your wife of ten years leaves you, so you sail to Tahiti on the Seminole with three French people you don't know, who don't speak English too well,
and have never done an ocean crossing.
- You encounter an ocean full of whales and dolphins on the Equator at the Equinox.
- You spend many lazy afternoons with Bernard Moitessier at his island home on Ahe' in the Tuomotus.
- You live in an open air house on Tahiti, ten meters from a
lagoon of crystal clear turquoise water, where clothes are unnecessary,
and coconut trees, guavas, oranges, avocados,
shrimps, and lobster are
- You experience Bora Bora, Tonga, and the Cook Islands while they
still have enough rough edges to provide plenty of exhilaration and
- You find yourself in Tauranga, New Zealand, rebuilding a 1932 seventy-six-foot wooden schooner, the Constellation.
- You leave New Zealand on the Seminole in the middle of winter
with three new friends, only to find yourself two nights later on a
deserted island with nothing. Now what?
"When you're naked and you've really got
nothing, you're not sitting there thinking about big things, you're
thinking about how you're going to get warm."