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.
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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 our email newsletters and reflect our at‑the‑moment thoughts,
including our "passage notes" while 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
WHAT'S NEW on the SITE
LATEST NEWS: We're back in Indonesia! In July we brought Ocelot
down the west coast of the Malay peninsula, around Singapore, and crossed over to Malaysian Borneo (see
our map). Then we crept over the top of Borneo (with full military escort to protect us from the
Philippine terrorists) so we could drop into Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). We're now in Raja Ampat for some diving. We hope to stay in Raja Ampat until
February, and then drop further south to the Triton Bay area. When the winds turn in April/May we'll
start heading west again, but we're not sure where we'll end up. Stay tuned...
- We've now added a way to comment on any page - just click the
Make a Comment
link at the bottom of each page.
- 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.
- We've published a new page on Venomous Sea Creatures, like the deadly Stonefish (&
Lionfish & Scorpionfish) as part of our Reef
Animals series. See our new Venomous Creatures page.
- We've now illustrated our 4 latest Malaysian newsletters, as well as our 7 latest
Indonesian newsletters. Check 'em out!
- Where's Ocelot? See our tracking
map at the bottom of this page!
- We've added a new page on Cruising North and East
Indonesia, with descriptions of 86 anchorages.
- 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 Google Earth / KAP files page.
- With the help of our friend Behan on s/v Totem, we've now got 2015 information for cruising the
Maldives, updated from our last visit in 2009. See our updated Cruising Maldives page.
- 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.
- We have now updated several
of our Cruising Information pages with superbly detailed satellite photos of our anchorages,
live Google Maps & new Track Files.
- 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
- 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 and many links back to the days we actually did the work.
See our new Bimini Building page.
Webmasters (or webmaster wannabees):
- 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
||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