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Living The Dream

Includes Free Introductory Chapter (scroll down).

Starting with a stint in a Trinidadian boatyard, Colin takes us along with him and Lou as they spend two winters sailing in the Caribbean and then on to the Bahamas. Colin discusses everything from the weather, to the anchorages they enjoyed, to coping with some of the cultural differences, to a plane crash and a blast from the past. We’re sure you will enjoy this meander through the islands.

Table of Contents:

Life In The Bus Lane*

To get out here you must first go through there.

FREE Introductory Chapter "Pélerin" serves her time in a boatyard in Trinidad in preparation for heading to the Caribbean.

Lights Out!

Hog Island anchorage from Roger’s beach bar

After a stressful passage from Trinidad, Colin and Lou reach Grenada and a warm Caribbean welcome.

Paradise Found—or Lost?

The Tobago Cays

Sad to leave Grenada, Lou and Colin carry on up the island chain, with stops at St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Tobago Cays.

Us And Them

George, the cruisers friend in Chateaubelair, Saint Vincent.

"Boat Boys" in the Eastern Caribbean. Now there's a subject to rouse passionate debate in any group of cruisers. Colin does his usual insightful and sensitive job of exploring the issue, along with some great tips for dealing with the practitioners of that trade.

Far From The Maddening Crowd*

Cow on the beach

Colin's clear and insightful summary of their season cruising the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. This is the real story on this popular cruising destination from a deeply experienced voyager.

What A Difference A Year Makes

New Year in Dominica

Alter two full seasons in the Eastern Caribbean, Colin has found the best places...and he is even willing to share them with us in his usual lyrical prose.

The Different Faces of The Virgin Islands

Leaving Gorda Sound

The Virgin Islands are a great place for a charter escape, but do you really want to cruise there? And if so, where are the hidden gems? This chapter will help you decide if and where to go in the Virgins.

The Perfect Forecast?

Early morning day 3 of a perfect passage

The near-universal availability of accurate weather forecasts and GRIBs is great, but over-analyzing the data can lead to analysis paralysis and missed opportunities. Colin tells the story of an imperfect forecast that lead to a perfect voyage.

Of Deadlines, Drug Dealers, and Dolphins…

Warderick Cay, Exuma Cays.

Colin is one of the best sailing travel writers in the business, but he has truly outdone even his own high standard with this lovely tale of tropical islands, drug smugglers, and folk musicians.