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Mermaid - Our Family in Paradise

Publisher: PR Product Research, LLC, 2003

ISBN: 9780972790611

Product: Book, Paperback

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Here is an idea: This spring, fly to St. Martin or one of the other Caribbean islands and buy a sailboat. Then, next Halloween (or so) pack up the family and move on to the boat for the winter. You and your family can spend the first month learning to sail, then explore the islands, home-school the kids, and enjoy tropical living. If things go well, when you return home and sell the boat you might even make enough to pay for the trip. Sound far-fetched? This family of four from Camano Island, Washington did exactly that. Overcoming a lack of sailing and cruising experience with research, good advice and attitude, they had a great time and a great adventure as they sailed the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Also, the companion video is now available here on Amazon.com.Reviews: Although the Rinks had raised their children power boating in the Northwest, the family learned together how to sail in the Caribbean. By the end of the six-month-long adventure, the family had anchored out every night but two, and made ocean passages as long as five nights. -We challenged ourselves in meaningful ways that brought us together as a family. The whole idea of the video and book is to share how other families can experience this kind of great adventure.- --SEA, May 2003Although the Rinks had raised their children power boating in the Northwest, the family learned together how to sail in the Caribbean. By the end of the six-month-long adventure, the family had anchored out every night but two, and made ocean passages as long as five nights. -We challenged ourselves in meaningful ways that brought us together as a family. The whole idea of the video and book is to share how other families can experience this kind of great adventure.- --SEA, May 2003For every boater out there who has dreamed of sailing away, this little hot-off-the-press paperback is a must buy. Why? Because it is a clearly written log of one Northwest family's sailing adventures and a detailed how- to-do-it manual. Many of us talk (or dream) of taking off to cruise through warm seas. But when it comes to acting, we don t have the money, or the right boat, or the time, the skills, the, the, the . . . The Rink family didn't either. In fact, they were not even experienced sailors. While they both taken sailing and pilotage courses, they had never cruised off shore. They had kids in school and profitable work that they enjoyed (mostly). But they dropped, massaged, and changed their commitments to pursue something new to all of us that would be difficult to complete. -We wanted a trip that would present problems and challenges that we could solve only as a family.- While the book loosely describes their overall voyage, it really is a compendium of information and advice. There are chapters on such topics as: anchoring, money, health and safety, food, our favorite places, shipping the boat home and so on. Rink includes tidbits like: Cleanliness is a big deal when buying and storing food. We managed to keep Mermaid completely cockroach free, but is was a lot of work. We saw more than a few boats that were infested with ants or cockroaches. There is even a section titled: -Calendar - laying out exactly what to do as well as telling when and where to be during your own Caribbean adventure. The equipment list alone is worth the book price. For anyone gravitating toward a similar adventure, this paperback (and their video) is a treasure --pugetmarine web siteIf you've ever wondered how a family of novice sailors can take a year off and successfully cruise the Caribbean and the Bahamas, read this book. Phil and Nancy Rink and their daughter, Lena, 12, and their son, Pender, 9, move aboard Mermaid, a Beneteau Oceanis 400 in St. Martin and chronicle their experience, often through the eyes of their children. An inspirational primer on how to cruise the Caribbean with kids. --Cruising World, Jan 2004.
ISBN/UPC:

9780972790611

Product:

Book, Paperback

Title:

Mermaid - Our Family in Paradise

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Publisher:

Pr Product Research, LLC, 2003

Pages:

162

Languages:

English

Specification:

8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches, 1 pounds

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