Jon and Sue celebrating getting the forebeam remounted. Jon emerging from a chain locker after mounting the anchor winch. Amanda & Jon Hi-5 after a tough job untangling mast lines. Ocelot in Nov 2013, with her new bimini. Jon and Amanda built over 80 templates for the nonskid.
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Amanda's wonderfully intuitive hot-spotted mapsOur Destinations pages, divided between the Caribbean, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, highlight where we've been and our impressions of each place.  We're converting some into "travel blogs" with info on how we traveled and where we stayed ashore.  Amanda has done an extraordinary job with the 'hot-spotted' maps throughout, making the geography much more intuitive.

Chris prepares lines for anchoring at Phi Phi Le in ThailandOur Newsletters section has been split into Pacific Ocean Newsletters and Indian Ocean Newsletters.  Both contain illustrated copies of the email newsletters we send out.  These reflect our at‑the‑moment thoughts and feelings, often written on passage.  If you want to receive our newsletters as email, you can now sign‑up and manage your subscription yourself.  Our mailing list is as private as we can make it, and never shared with anyone.

Our track in and out of Mooloolaba, QLD, AustraliaOur Cruising Information section contains valuable cruiser-specific info for sailors following in our wake: A whole Equipment section, articles on cruising with teens, transiting the Panama Canal, yacht provisioning and recipes, FAQs, as well as pages on specific areas like Australia and Indonesia.  We've also added links to other cruiser sites and some downloadable Track Files.

The Flora and Fauna section documents many of the plants and animals we've encountered, divided into geographical regions.  There's also a Marine Mammals section. Brahmini Kite over Thailand, by Amanda Hacking

Pacific Double Saddle Butterfly fish Our Underwater pages showcase our underwater photography, reef life and scuba diving.  Dive sites include GPS locations so others can find these sites as well.

On our Ocelot pages you can see pictures of the original boat from the deck, cockpit, and inside, her layout, specifications and even some of the modifications we've made to turn her into an ocean cruiser.  More recent pages take you through the details of our major Thai Refit. Ocelot anchored off Moorea, French Polynesia

Sunset over Bora-Bora, French Polynesia The Boat Guests pages are designed to make everyone jealous of our visitors and want to come down themselves!  We've even included a What to Bring page.

  WHAT'S NEW  

----- April 2014 -----

We're cruising!  Read our descriptions as we cruise around Phang Nga Bay and down to Langkawi, Malaysia with cruising friends Dave & Gail.

See our Summary Pages for an overview of our many months of work.

Ocelot now has a new Facebook page.  Check it out!

We've now added a way to comment on any page - just click the Make a Comment link at the bottom of each page.

----- March 2014 -----

Ocelot has LAUNCHED!  It's been a long 28 months, but we're finally back on the water.  But no sooner did we launch than the port fo'c's'le filled with seawater.  Then a local boat threatened us with a knife!

----- February 2014 -----

As of Week 121 of Ocelot's refit we're trying to get everything ready to splash next Monday!  Yikes!

----- January 2014 -----

As of Week 117 of Ocelot's refit we're having fun putting Ocelot back together!

----- December 2013 -----

As of Week 112 of Ocelot's refit we've installed all the deck hatches and are moving on to other deck hardware!

----- November 2013 -----

As of Week 108 of Ocelot's refit we've sprayed the final coat on the mast!

----- October 2013 -----

As of Week 104 of Ocelot's refit we're varnishing the salon and floorboards!

----- September 2013 -----

As of Week 99 of Ocelot's refit we're getting ready to spray gelcoat on the port side‑deck

----- August 2013 -----

As of Week 95 of Ocelot's refit, the guys are going gung-ho on the varnish and Houa has finished this stage of the teak decks in the cockpit!

----- July 2013 -----

As of Week 91 of Ocelot's refit, we're putting the epoxy barrier coats on the hulls!

----- April 2013 -----

Cruisers: Do you know the difference between cut‑thread & rolled‑thread turnbuckles?  Or which type you want? Or how to check which you have?
Before you buy your next turnbuckle,
Check out our new Turnbuckles page...

Cruisers: We've published a page on OpenCPN, our navigation program of choice, with detailed instructions on how to use it with Google Earth, even when you're offline.
Check out our new OpenCPN page...

As of Week 78 of Ocelot's refit, we've decided to focus on getting the nonskid stuck down to the deck.

----- March 2012 -----

LEDs are rapidly becoming the lighting of choice.  They're much more efficient, affordable, and now they come in eye‑pleasing warm‑white.  But before you run out to buy, there are things you should know.
See our new LED page

Cruisers: We have now updated several of our Cruising Information pages with superbly detailed satellite photos of our anchorages, live Google Maps & new Track Files.
See our Cruising Madagascar page
See our Cruising Indonesia page
See our Andaman Islands page
See our Cruising Marquesas page
See our Cruising Galapagos page

Cruisers: We are now publishing track files in both OpenCPN & MaxSea formats.  We are also asking cruisers to email us their tracks so other cruisers can download them.  Lets start a Track File Bank!
See our updated Track Files page

Where's Ocelot?  See our new position tracking map at the bottom of this page!


Want to build your own website?  Jon has published 2 pages of tricks and traps for others attempting to put together a website like ours.
Read Jon's FrontPage 101 and FrontPage FAQ pages

We've now abandoned our old, automatically generated site map in favor of a much more compact and intuitive page with explanations.
Check out our new Site Map...

Welcome to the Hacking family website with Sue, Jon, Chris, and Amanda on Ocelot, our Kronos 45' (14m) now 48' (15m) Wauquiez designed catamaran.  We've been on this trip since December 2001, sailing from the Eastern Caribbean through the Panama Canal, across the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean to Africa, then back to Asia.

LATEST NEWS: We're currently giving Ocelot a major refit.  When we splash it will probably be the NE monsoon, so we'll be staying on the Andaman Sea (western) side of Thailand and Malaysia for a few months.  Great cruising grounds!  And a good place to shake out the wrinkles after the refit.  Other possible adventures include more inland travel to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, a trip (or series of trips) we've wanted to do for some time.  After that the crystal ball gets fuzzy, but the Philippines have been mentioned several times.  Stay tuned...

Our trip has had many goals, but a primary one has been to teach ourselves, and especially our children, about the different cultures of the people in our world, and the values those people live by.  Many people never learn what's important to other cultures and too often feel that other people should feel as they do.  But we know that other cultures have very different values from our own, and we feel it's important, especially for the coming generation who will be leading our society in only a few years, to know this as well.  We hope that with better understanding, future generations will be better equipped to defuse some of the strife that threatens world peace.


----- Ocelot's Intrepid Crew -----

The grey in my beard is from raising teenagers! Jon is an Electrical & Computer Engineer (see his resume) so his pages include his technical slant on some of the boat systems as well as a collection of stories from when we cruised in the 1980s.

Sue's pages give insights into the cruising life and include things like provisioning information.  Sue, aka Sue Muller Hacking, is a writer (see her bio) with several published books and hundreds of articles to her credit.

Sue in glorious Perhos Banos, Chagos, Indian Ocean

Chris in 2008

Christopher graduated from the University of Washington (UW) in Computer Science and Engineering in June, 2010!  He is now working as a software engineer and loving it.  It's so nice to have someone in the family earning real money!  While no longer aboard full time, he wrote about our inland travels, underwater photography, his projects and schooling during his 3.5 high school years aboard Ocelot.


Amanda graduated cum laude from the University of Washington in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography!  She lived aboard for 6.5 years and logged more than 20,000 miles on Ocelot.  While no longer aboard full time, she's shared her unique teen perspective, logs of our travels and her high school projects.

Amanda in 2008

Sue's latest book - Take A Walk Sue's new guidebook is now out!  Take A Walk details 110 parks and walking trails within 30 minutes of Seattle and Puget Sound (Olympia to Everett).  This is her 3rd edition, with better illustrations, better layout, new maps, and lots of new and updated trails.
See Sue's Take A Walk Book

Although sailing to Australia was our original goal when we left St. Maarten in 2002, we joined the Darwin-Kupang, Indonesia Rally which left Australia in July 2006.  After cruising Indonesia for 3 months we sailed up the Straits of Malacca cruising through Malaysia and Thailand.  Christopher, taking time off from university, re-joined us there for 3 months and sailed with us to Sri Lanka.  Jon, Sue and Amanda spent the rest of 2007 on the voyage across the Indian Ocean, switching continents from Asia to Africa, with stops in the Maldives, Chagos Archipelago,  Seychelles, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.

Although we had planned to go around the Cape of Good Hope in 2008 and up to the Caribbean we realized that we weren't ready to stop cruising.  We enjoyed more than a year in South Africa, and 9 months in the States visiting family and friends.  We settled Amanda into the University of Washington as an oceanography major in September 2008.

In April, 2009 Jon and Sue returned to Ocelot.  After much boat work, and once the pirate activity in the western Indian Ocean calmed down, we sailed north to Mayotte, Madagascar, Seychelles, and east across the Indian ocean back to SE Asia.  In the Spring of 2010 we left Ocelot in Malacca to go trekking in Nepal with Chris and Amanda.  Then we sailed down the Malacca Straits and around Singapore to cruise the north coast of Malaysian Borneo and Brunei, returning to western Thailand in 2011 and continuing across to India.  The SW monsoon wouldn't let us cross to Africa so we returned to Thailand to give Ocelot a major refit which has had us "on the hard" for over 2 years.

Where's Ocelot?  Find the blue marker for our latest position (map may take a few seconds to appear).
Courtesy of Winlink.org and the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation.
To see our positions further back in time, check out ShipTrack.org


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