The Hacking Family
Check out our Destinations pages, divided between the Caribbean, Pacific, and Indian Ocean to see where we've been and our impressions of each place. Amanda has done an extraordinary job with the 'hot-spotted' maps throughout, making the geography much more intuitive.
Our Newsletters section has been split into Pacific Ocean Newsletters and Indian Ocean Newsletters. Both contain newly 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 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 MaxSea track files.
The Flora and Fauna section documents many of the plants and animals we've encountered, broken down by region. There's also a Marine Mammals section.
The 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 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.
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.
----- January 2011 -----
Over 100 cruising boats arrive in Malaysia every year. We've now
published our thoughts on cruising Malaysia, complete with anchoring locations, depths,
descriptions & photos.
----- October 2010 -----
Cruising to Nepal? In the Spring we
went trekking in the Himalayas with our kids. This was a 30-year reunion for
us, as our first wedding anniversary was 1 days' hike from Everest Base Camp.
These pages are loaded with photos and interactive Google Maps of our travels through the
jungles, up to Everest Base Camp, and over several 17,000' (5000m) passes.
Cruisers: We've updated our AIS Equipment page with new information and photos of our
display when we crossed busy shipping lanes. AIS could be the best navigation aid since GPS.
----- February 2010 -----
We've added a new page on Anchors and Anchoring under our
Equipment section, with our impressions of both gear and techniques - what
works under what conditions and why, from those of us who depend on our anchors.
Sue has added a story from when Chris was a baby in Venezuela and a
local woman wanted to "borrow the baby".
----- January 2010 -----
How do you put long-lasting copper-based antifouling paint on your
sail drives? Check out our new Sail Drives page to find out!
You'll also see how to prevent water from sneaking past your lower seals,
and other good info.
Can you repair inflatable dinghies with epoxy? Yes, and it
works even better than specialized contact cements! Find out how
on our new page on Epoxy Work, along with several other tips we've
learned over the years.
Jon has added a new page to his Pre‑History section - a humorous piece
on our introduction to the Spanish Main.
----- December 2009 -----
We've added a new report on Watermakers to our new Equipment section
under our Cruising Info pages. We've also updated our Solar Panel
page to reflect Kyocera's excellent support policies.
----- November 2009 -----
We've added a new Equipment section to our Cruising Info pages.
Here we'll write about what's good & what's not so good, to help other
cruisers make more informed buying decisions.
Website improvements: We've added headings to
the navigation bars on the left side of most pages, to help show the
relationships between the different nav-bars. (Many pages have 3,
and they're all related)
We've now trashed our old, automatically generated site map
in favor of a much more compact and intuitive page with explanations.
to the Hacking family website with
Chris, and Amanda
on Ocelot, our Kronos 45-foot (14m)
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've been back in SE Asia for a year now, cruising peninsular Malaysia, the Thai islands, and Malaysian Borneo. We've had 3 months in Nepal and 3 months in the USA. Next stop: the Andaman Islands, mainland India, and a return to Chagos. Then we have to decide: do we return to SE Asia for more inland travel (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam) or do we continue across the Indian Ocean to southern Africa? 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 possess. 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.
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. This put us deeply into SE Asia, and formed a commitment to continue on around the world!
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.
Ongoing improvements to photos -
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