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Good times!

IMG_6228Woot, back online :)

I’m glad Ryan is blogging about boat projects as they are so unimportant to me at the moment. I’ll get back to that in a few weeks when I get back to New York.

Having my father (Joe) visit for the last two weeks has been a wonderful experience. For the first time in my life we really got along.

We are both very different men than we were 12 years ago. When I went to knock on his door IMG_62152 months ago I didn’t know if he was alive, and when I found out he was, I just wanted to make amends. Now I feel as if I have a father again, not to mention a friend.

We spent the last two weeks living on the boat talking, laughing, crying, eating, swimming, and playing with Nacho. We also went out to eat a few times, and went to Isla Linton to play with the monkeys.

We both made a conscious effort to make our relationship work. We opened up and were completely honest with each other. The magical thing that happened is we both took the time to understand and enjoy each other’s company. He really Loves Carla too, I know he Loves her cookies :)

IMG_6254Joe is going to join me for my trip down the ICW from Virginia to Florida, should be a really great time :) I feel safe in saying we both feel we have some lost time to make up for.

Carla and I are about to have our first week alone together in 5 months. I don’t really know how everything got so complicated in my life?

Moving into Eleanor and delivering her down here is a big push but what a prize. I can’t wait for Carla to see her, she’s so excited. I’m also really excited about sailing our new beloved Trinka around the area, it’s such a great little sailboat.

I’m going to focus on relaxing now as I’m going to try and fly back to the IMG_6241states in about 3 weeks. I just want to enjoy the sea, Splendid, Nacho, my wife, and our simple and peaceful life for the moment.

Cheers everyone.

Sail far and live slowly.

– alex

Published in Alex Dorsey
Updated: March 2, 2015 — 08:59


  1. Looks like you guys has an awesome time. I’m looking forward to seeing your journey south with Eleanor.

  2. Just got my flight back to the states on the 24th, hope it is warmer :)

  3. Alex,

    You are such an inspiration on so many different levels!
    Your path has given you such vision on what is truly important and what is “noise”. So much noise in the normal western life. Getting out is what allows one to shed the noise. Sailing is just the vessel (pun intended!) through which you have achieved such clarity. I’m on my way Buddy!!!

    1. Paul,

      good for you brother! Yeah, I don’t have so much time for all the noise anymore.

      My only objective in life is to live free and simple with my wife. I know my blog isn’t so much about sailing anymore, its hard for me to go back and focus/write about the early stages of unplugging, that’s one of the reasons I brought Ryan on. We will get back to sailing with Eleanor but I need to make The Minimalist Sailor which will take me about a year. We don’t need so much money every month, but I do need to create a little income stream to pay for food and the cost of checking in, and out of the countries we want to visit.

      Rudi, I don’t really trust long-term forecasting (over 4-5 days), but i do think it may be a long winter. I will prepare as much as possible :) I have to get down to Panama before hurricane season so my weather-window demands I go as soon as possible, I should be in NY now but just don’t want to leave home yet :(

  4. Forecast for March 24th isn´t to funny. 32ºF minimum 48ªF max. You have to bear appropriate clothing!

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