----- Site Description -----
pages, divided between the Caribbean,
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.
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
and manage your subscription yourself. 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.
|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.
----- May 2015 -----
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.
See our new Google Earth / KAP files page...
Ocelot now has a
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 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...
----- April 2014 -----
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.
----- 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'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...
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 currently in NE Indonesia, in Raja
Ampat, enjoying the world class diving and snorkeling in this area. After our 3 March
launch from our 2+ year refit, we transited the Strait of Malacca for the 4th time,
left the boat in Johor Bahru (near Singapore) and explored
northern Laos and
Vietnam for a month, a great
trip! Back on Ocelot we rounded Singapore and sailed into the South China
Sea, over Borneo with a jaunt up the Kinabatangan River to see the wildlife with Jon's
father. Then we entered Indonesia, sailing over the top of Sulawesi and Halmahera with
Chris. He got a week in Raja Ampat before we swapped kids, then had Amanda with us for
all of October. Indonesia still holds a lot to bee seen. 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.
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.
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.
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.
||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