Panama Canal

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Jacob Holcomb

I ordered your book and it should be here any day now. Your sailboat existence idea sounds really interesting, especially living out here in the middle of the Pacific. If I want to go visit my relatives in New England do you think it will be better to go around the long way, or maybe just let them know I love them and they always have a place to stay in the malarial swamps of Honolulu?

Thursday 28 July 2011 07:52:40 pm

Dmitry Orlov

Hawaii is not a good place if you want to live on a boat. It has no good anchorages, no deep harbors, and a dangerous, rocky shoreline. Setting off across the Pacific is a huge commitment of time and effort; sailing over to the Atlantic is an epic journey. Just crossing "the puddle" (the Atlantic, that is) takes some guts. I know some people who are in the middle of the ocean right now; I know some others who were going to head across and thought better of it.

On the other hand, I heard of some people who are living in Hawaii in a sort of tree-house that they claim is a boat for tax purposes. They hung a life preserver on one end and an anchor on the other. They swear the thing will float when the sea level rises enough. Now that seems like a plan!

Thursday 28 July 2011 08:08:20 pm