----- Site Description -----
pages, divided between the Caribbean,
Indian Oceans, tell where we've been
and our impressions of each place, as much for the land traveler as the cruisers. Amanda has done
a great job with the
'hot-spotted' maps, making the geography much more intuitive.
Our Newsletters section is split into
Pacific Ocean Newsletters and
Indian Ocean Newsletters. These
have illustrated copies of the email newsletters we've sent and reflect our at‑the‑moment thoughts
including passages at sea. To receive our newsletters as email, you can
and manage your own subscription. Our mailing list is as private as we can make
it, and never shared with anyone.
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
|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.
pages showcase our underwater photography,
reef life and
scuba diving. Dive sites
include GPS locations so others can find these sites as well. We have new dive information on Raja
Ampat and Triton Bay, Indonesia.
|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
||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.
----- January 2016 -----
Cruisers: Looking for accurate charts? Now you can make
your own groups of perfectly geo‑referenced navigational (KAP) files from Google Earth. All the tools are
free, and we show you how on our newly updated page.
See our updated Google Earth / KAP files page...
----- August 2015 -----
Cruisers: With the help of our friend Behan on s/v Totem, we've now got 2015 information for
Maldives, updated from our last visit in 2009. Thanks Behan!
See our new Cruising Maldives page...
We've now added a way to comment on any page - just click the
Make a Comment
link at the bottom of each page.
----- June 2015 -----
Want to Build a Bimini? We've now brought all our bimini building info together on just 1 page, for easier
reference. It has over 30 illustrations & many links back to the days we actually did the work.
See our new Bimini Building page...
----- March 2015 -----
We've updated our Diving Indonesia page with all of our dive sites through Raja Ampat and Triton Bay.
These unspoiled waters provide superb diving.
See our updated Diving Indonesia page...
----- February 2015 -----
We've published a new page on Venomous Sea Creatures, like the deadly Stonefish (&
Lionfish & Scorpionfish) as part of our Reef
See our new Venomous Creatures page...
----- January 2015 -----
We've now illustrated our 4 latest Malaysian newsletters, as well as our 7 latest
Indonesian newsletters. Check 'em out!
See our 4 new Malaysian Newsletters...
See our 7 new Indonesian Newsletters...
(Sign up to receive our newsletters here!)
----- August 2014 -----
In May and June we took an inland trip to the northern highlands of Laos (68 photos) and Vietnam (43 photos)
See our 4 illustrated Laos Newsletters...
See our 4 illustrated Vietnam Newsletters...
----- Older -----
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 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
to the Hacking family website with
Chris, and Amanda
on Ocelot, our Kronos
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 back in the US until March 2016, while Ocelot waits
for us in Langkawi, Malaysia. In the past year we've sailed down the west coast of Papua, and then west
across the entire length of Indonesia to Singapore and Malaysia (see
our map). In 2016 we hope to go back up the north coast of Borneo so we can jump back into Raja Ampat
towards the end of the year, when the winds are favorable. Stay tuned...
Our voyage has had many goals, but a primary one was to show our kids something of the
world outside America and help them feel like citizens of the world. In that, we think
we've succeeded. Of course, the other goal was to see as much of this blue planet as
we could, enjoying people and destinations in far flung corners of the world. That's
an ongoing process, and we'll be out here as long as we're healthy and having fun!
----- Ocelot's Intrepid Crew -----
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.
He's our resident electronic navigation expert and has shared his latest GE to KAP files with dozens
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. She continues to write for The Triton offering
travel info to the crews of megayachts.
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 and now is doing surveys on the coast of Washington. 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.
||Sue's new guidebook is selling well in Western Washington.
Perfect for those summer and fall hikes! 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 lots of new and updated trails.
See Sue's Take A Walk Book