Episode 41 of The Sailing Podcast is with Chuck Houlihan and Linda Edeiken from SV Jacaranda. Chuck has sailed Jacaranda since 1982 and our interview focuses on their recent travels from their home base in San Diego. Their trip included sailing to Panama after spending several years cruising around Mexico. While sailing to Panama they continued south along the Pacific coast of Central America visiting many countries on the way to Ecuador.
If you are considering sailing down the coast from California to Panama you will find a wealth of information at www.jacarandajourney.com . Chuck and Linda have documented their travels and experiences with detailed Passage Notes. You will also find many helpful articles in the ‘Other Good Stuff’ section of the website; including the article on ‘The Houlihan Navy‘ from the January 2013 edition of Latitude 38.
In this episode we hear about:
- How Chuck and Linda came to be sailing together
- Sailing to the remote Revillagigedo Islands
- Having the family join them for inland adventures
- Using the single sideband nets for communication in remote areas
- Swimming with Manta Rays
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Show Notes for Sailing to Panama with Jacaranda Journey
Chuck and Linda have provided an excellent resource for anyone contemplating the trip sailing to Panama from California on the Jacaranda Journey website.
Be sure to check out the following parts:
- Passage notes from 2005 to 2013
- Linda’s provisioning tips (maybe a good topic for the podcast down the track)
- Latitude 38 article on ‘The Houlihan Navy“
Jacaranda – An Allied 39
One of the things that really impressed me is the Chuck has owned Jacaranda, an Allied 39′, since 1983. That is a 30 year relationship and clearly demonstrates what a great yacht the Allied 39 is. You can find a description of Jacaranda at their website with specifications and drawings there as well.
The Jacaranda tree is very common in the area where we live. It is a fantastic tree and the blossoms that come out in the spring are fantastic. What a wonderful name for a yacht too.
Chuck also mentioned the following resources for sailing to Panama from California:
- Guidebooks by SV Sarana at www.svsarana.com
- Sarana also have some free guides here
- The Yahoo Group – The Southbound Group
On The Radar
This “On the Radar” segment will give me a chance to mention a couple of sailing sites or sailing blogs that you might like to check out.
My first featured site is Windtraveler.net where Brittany and Scott, along with their baby Isla (eye-la) have been keeping a blog about sailing and travelling with a baby. This one was recommended by a couple of listeners – Mark in Cincinnati, Ohio and Raz in Denver, Colorado. I have checked out the Windtraveler website before and I hope that we can catch up with them for an interview down the track. If you get a chance to check out their website you will find them in a transitional phase at the moment with a couple of new additions to the family on the way.
Next recommendation is a blog called ‘This Rat Sailed’ at www.thisratsailed.blogspot.com – who we mentioned in episode 40 with Ellen Jacobson when we were talking about freedom chips. This blog was also recommended by Raz and I have just started following This Rat Sailed, and it seems that they have just purchased a Leopard 38 catamaran and are really ready to get cruising soon. Just looking back through the posts I can see some great experiences shared about the boat purchase process and you might get a few good tips there and I am sure it will be worth watching them as their cruising life begins.
I really enjoyed sharing some other sailing blogs and if you have any suggestions on who should get a mention on The Sailing Podcast you can just email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them to my growing list of great sailing blogs.
I also want to mention that one of our guests – Behan and Jamie from SV Totem – who were interviewed in Episode 32 have been nominated for the 2013 Yachtworld Heros Award for inspiring others to make the leap and embark on the cruising life. So congratulations to Behan and Jamie and you can catch up with their latest news at www.sv-totem.com.
Thanks for listening and I hope you have a great 2013 and I hope you will be joining us in 2014 as we continue on our journey
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