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I am a daktari without borders.

I am not sure when and where borders disappeared from my mind, but sometime in the last quarter century, I became a citizen of the world. Wherever I am on planet earth, I feel at home in my borderless world.

Animals do just fine without borders, and most people do pretty good as well. Sometimes I get the feeling that borders are fictional boundaries created by the rich and powerful to maintain their power and wealth.

One of the best things about sailing on the ocean is the absence of visible borders. The rich and powerful have not yet figured out a way to divide the ocean into parcels that they can sell, tax, regulate, and go to war to defend.

One of the reasons I like Land Rovers and sailboats so much is that they fit nicely in my borderless world.

Billionaires don't like worlds without borders.

They like to puchase large tracts of land on which they can build high walls and place barbed wire fences to exclude people like me.

When I lived in Arabia, I spent the weekends exploring and camping in the desert. For the first ten years, we had free access to the desert. Then it became fashionable for billionaires to build palaces in the desert, and suddenly high walls and barbed wire fences started to appear. We had to go deeper into the desert if we wanted to live in our borderless world.

The desert bedouins are different than the rich and famous. They live in a borderless world, and they are not particularly fond of high walls and fences. Bedouins do not own land. They share it with other members of their family and tribe. They move their tents and flocks with the seasons.

I confess that I like bedouins a great deal. They are kind and generous people who live a simple life.

Wherever I sailed around the world, I continually met people who had simple pleasures and a great life. Although they didn't have much money, a complicated lifestyle, or lots of things, they did have contentment. Throughout our circumnavigation, there was a positive correlation between a simple life and contentment.

When I returned to "uncivilization" in the rich countries, people were consumed by the cost of living high, and contentment was in short supply.

Several times in my life, I almost succumbed to the Gospel of More. You know what I mean. More is better, and the person who dies with the most toys wins. Its victims give free reign to desire; they spend their lives chasing after everything that does not satisfy. Only at the end of their life do they realize that more is actually less, because more chases contentment out of their heart.

Of course, this may all be sour grapes. After all, I'm not rich in the things of this world. My pile of dollars is fairly small, and in the acquisitions department, I didn't end up with a mountain of things; I have only a small mound to stand on. If you look under my mattress, you won't find a stash of cash. Instead, you will only find contentment.

Now that I'm back at work in "uncivilization", there's a certain malaise in my life. I'm treading water in a sea of discontent, and all of the things I didn't have or need a few months ago are now part of my life. I have fallen off Exit Only, and I want to get back on board.

The other day, I was talking to a USED LIFE SALESMAN. He told me that I could be rich and famous if I bought what he was selling. All I had to do to was make equal monthly payments of all the contentment that I have in my heart. He gave me his personal guarantee that I would have an endless supply of cash and piles of stuff for my personal enjoyment.

I distrust USED LIFE SALESMEN and their promises of wealth and fame. I'm not buying what they are selling. Furthermore, contentment can't be purchased at any price.

I'll pitch my tent with the unrich and unfamous, and together we will raise our glass of contentment and toast our life without borders.

Dr. Dave

Captain Dave - David J. Abbott M.D.





Exit Only

See what it's like for a family to sail around the world on a small catamaran

Captain Save Our Souls

Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.

Red Sea Blues

Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.

Red Sea Chronicles Trailer

If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 1 - When Flying Fish Attack

Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 2 - Pirate Alley

Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 3 - Aden, Yemen

Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 4- Gate of Sorrows and Sandstorms

After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.

Patreon - Maxing Out

Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.

The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.

The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.

And don't forget the two Music Videos: "The Red Sea Blues", and "Captain - Save Our Souls".

The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.

Red Sea Chronicles

Save A Tree Bookstore

Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.