I HAVE A DREAM
My multihull dreams started when I was an intern at Gorgas
Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone in 1974. I watched the
early multihull designs transit the Panama Canal and head out into
the South Pacific. They were homemade cats and tris
constructed by their owners who literally built their dreams from
the keel up. Most of them spent four or more years creating
their dream machine.
Those hardy sailors were multihull pioneers. First, they
thought their dreams, then they built their dreams with their own
two hands, and finally they sailed their dreams. After
seeing those early multihulls, I remember telling one of my
friends that someday I would sail around the world on a multihull.
Over the years, I met a lot of naysayers and dream stealers who
told me that only a foolish person would sail long voyages
offshore on a multihull. On one camping trip in a remote
section of Saudi Arabia, I mentioned to a fellow camper that I was
sailing around the world on a catamaran when I wasn't working in
Riyadh. The camper remarked that I was a very brave person
to be sailing offshore on a cat. I asked him why he felt
that way. He told me that catamarans were dangerous because
they flip over at sea. I wondered how he knew so much about
the dangers of offshore sailing, and he informed me that
he had sailed in a single-handed race across the Atlantic ocean in
a monohull sailboat.
Later, he told me that during his attempted solo voyage across the
Atlantic, his yacht had been struck by a freighter, and he had to
abandon ship because his sailboat sunk in the middle of the
Atlantic. It struck me odd that this self proclaimed expert
on the dangers of sailing catamarans had his own monohull sink out
from underneath him.
Although this person had never sailed on a catamaran offshore, he
taught me a valuable lesson. I learned that it's unwise to
pontificate about things in which you lack experience and have no
I do a fair amount of talking about catamaran dreams these
days, but I have a right to, because I have sailed around the
world on a cat. I'll tell you up front that catamarans not
only make excellent offshore yachts, they also are SAFE.
They are so safe that I loaded my family on board and took them on
an eleven year voyage. They are so safe that we never felt
fear at anytime during our entire trip around the world , even
The only person qualified to tell you that you should not sail
around the world in a catamaran is another person who has already
done it. Anyone else is simply uninformed and is spouting
their prejudices about offshore sailing.
The corollary to this point is that if you want to live a dream,
the only person who is qualified to advise you about your dream is
someone who has already done it.
Don't listen to the naysayers and dream stealers who live in
Nowhere Land and who have done nothing with their life.
Instead, talk to the Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly
Persistent, Doers of Dreams, and take their advice. They
know what they are talking about, and if you follow their lead, it
won't be long before you are sailing on the ocean of your dreams.
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