Photo by Max Afflerbach
We are a family of four, putting our careers aside for a few years to see the world! We have been planning this adventure for approximately seven years–despite the fact I still have bouts of seasickness regularly. My husband, Dan, retired from the Navy in 2015 after spending nearly all of his adult life first in aviation (E2C Hawkeye navigator) and then in medicine (as a radiologist). After obtaining my Ph.D. in Social Psychology, I (Paula) began working in the field of jury consulting. After a decade of working for a company, I founded my own litigation consulting firm (Gabier Consulting) in 2010. Now, I am on “sabbatical” for a few years.
Our crew members are our two kids, Ariana and Ryan. Ari is 13 and enjoys sailing (Optimists and Topazes, especially), acting, snow skiing, and soccer, and Ryan (10) enjoys football, money, snow skiing, baseball, (sailing, but only if he is with his sister and they win), gemstones, and Minecraft.
This is us on spring break, 2015, in Cabo.
Here are a few more from our travels (via airplane).
Ziplining in Nicaragua, April, 2014…
Venice, Italy in late May, 2014…
We have been living on a 2010 Lagoon Catamaran 400 named Do Over since June, 2013. Do Over is an owner’s version, 3 stateroom, 3 head configuration, with a beam of 23’9″. We bought her in Fajardo, Puerto Rico in September, 2011 and sailed her around the Spanish Virgin Islands and St. John with friends and family on vacations before sailing her back to North Carolina. Since then, we have made many changes, and we will be adding the “before and after” photos soon (under “The Boat”). We now have a new galley, additional refrigeration, a vented washer/dryer combo, a Parasailor (in photo), new batteries, 3 Kyocera 250 watt solar panels, beautiful folding props that we sadly had to paint to deter pesky barnacles, a comfortable new helm seat (what in the world was Lagoon thinking putting that uncomfortable brick-like seat and rock-hard roll bar back?), new outdoor upholstery, a new trampoline, and a new canvas surround that served as our mud room through the winter seasons. I am sure there is more we changed and I will add that later too.
We hauled Do Over out in Beaufort, NC in September, 2015, to scrape, sand, and paint her bottom, and so Dan could finish installation of a water maker, etc. and as of October 19th, she was back in the water. Now, we are doing our final preparations.
DEPARTURE AND ROUTE
Tentatively, we plan to leave on November 2, but of course, that is weather-dependent. Our first stop will be Tortola, BVI. We plan to join the World ARC rally in St. Lucia, departing in January, 2016.