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After driving thousands of miles in the Empty Quarter, I'm hooked on driving in sand.

If you asked me whether I would rather sail the seven seas on my catamaran or land cruise in the Empty Quarter in my Defender, it would be a toss up as to which I would enjoy the most. I like both equally well.

They are actually the same thing - they're all about living my dreams.

Our Arabian sandbox had nearly a million square kilometers of sand - plenty of room for sand dreams. And when you are out there driving over the rolling dunes, you almost feel like you are skimming across the giant swells of the Pacific Ocean. The difference is that in the sea of sand, the waves aren't moving.

Sand dreams and sailing dreams have one other thing in common. The only way you can make them come true is to say yes to life.

It's easy to say no to life, because when you say no, you don't need to do anything. You can sit in your easy chair and make bun prints in the sands of time. You don't need to lift a finger.

The word "no" is a destroyer of dreams.

The word "yes" makes dreams happen, but it's not enough to say yes only one time. You must say it again and again. You must keep saying it until your sand dreams happen.

When you say yes to life, the work has just begun.

You have to save up your money to buy your Defender. Next, you put a full length Brownchurch roof rack on top of your truck. Then you add some long range fuel tanks and put airbags inside the rear springs to upgrade the suspension. You load thirteen jerry cans into and on top of the vehicle. Next, you add 200 liters of water, food, camping gear, firewood, and sand ladders. Then, you load four people into the truck, drive 500 kilometers into the Empty Quarter, and finally your sand dreams come true.

Only those people who say yes to life can expect their dreams to come true.

In this picture, we are land cruising in the Mundafin region of the Empty Quarter. The smiles on our faces are proof positive that we are living our dreams.

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.