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Quote of the Week

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“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

“I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.” And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? ”

― Sterling HaydenWanderer

Sterling Haydon and kids on Wanderer

Sterling Haydon and his children on Wanderer

Time for a new website!

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Well, I finally got around to building a new personal website.  It’s been a while since I updated the old one, mostly because it was made in Apple iWeb which I no longer have.   One set of content on my old site is quite active (the documents I’ve collected for Cal sailboats) so I wanted to make sure that any new website maintains the old URLs to those documents so Google search results would still link to them.

So I installed an instance of WordPress in the same folder as the old website, imported or recreated the content (depending on what it was) and specifically rebuilt the pages for the Cal documents so that they linked to the same files in the same locations as the old site.   Then I set about updating the old pages with automatic redirects to the new site.  Each section on the old site now redirects to its matching section on the new site.

Hopefully now that the website is running on WordPress I can update it more frequently and slowly tune it to be something I will be proud of.  In the mean time it’s pretty nice so far, and it meets my objective of keeping old content available.

I’ve actually consolidated blog posts from various blogs I had around the web into three final locations:

  1. Sailing related posts have been imported into our cruising blog at as well as some other travel blogs we had written about French Polynesia and Italy.
  2. Work/Technology related posts were already on which is now at  I’m winding down this site and no longer want to pay for the domain.
  3. All other personal posts have been imported into this site under the Personal Blog section.  This includes posts originally on the old site, in addition to non-sailing posts that were on and

Take a little tour through the menu to see what’s here..

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