55ft Fast Catamaran - Young crew sailing around the world
Aloha! Eric (30) here. I’ve been circumnavigating the world on my performance catamaran for more than two years and 25k miles now. Along the way I pick up crew as I go to share in and create the adventure.
Upcoming Opportunities ———
Zephyr is in all likelihood going to be staying put here in New Zealand for the next year or so. In that time I’ll be doing short cruises for a few weeks at a time here in NZ. Think heading out to outer islands, fishing, spearing, hiking, lots of nature, boat parties etc.
If you are in NZ and want to join, reach out! There will be quite a few chances in the next year or so.
If you are not in NZ feel free to reach out anyway. I’ll be doing this for a long time though so if you feel like you want to connect at some point in the future, reach out! Alternatively follow @voyageofthezephyr on Instagram to keep track of things.
About Me —————
I grew up in a cruising family sailing around French Polynesia, Mexico and the Salish sea. At 23 I bought my first boat, a 43ft Beneteau. 2 years later I bought Zephyr in French Polynesia and sailed her over 6k miles back to San Francisco with a crew of misfits. In 2018 I left to sail the world heading up to Alaska, then down to Mexico, then across the Pacific. All in all I’ve sailed over 30k miles in the last few years.
I’m an engineer by training and used to design consumer electronics that people seem to love. I dig the meditation that comes from days at sea and love falling asleep to waves gently passing under the hull. Very into living off the land or sea whether that be gathering coconuts/passion fruit ashore or going out to the reef pass for a spear. Loving making sushi or poke bowls with the catch of the day.
The best experiences in my travels have always been on the roads less traveled. The people are friendlier and its the people that make the place.
About Zephyr ————
Zephyr is an Outremer 55 Light. Outremer designs catamarans for one purpose - owners circumnavigating the world quickly and safely. She is robust with solid fiberglass hulls that have put up with their fair share of ice and logs in my time owning her. She’s damn fast and in the right conditions can sail at nearly the true wind speed. She can even beat racing monohulls to windward using her daggerboards and low windage.
Lots of solar. I try to be as green as possible minimizing the use of any sort of generator. She’s got a few paddleboards too.
About You ——————
Being able to handle all the adventurous ups and downs of this lifestyle with poise is probably the most important thing. That means handling challenges with grace and positivity, preferably laughing about it on the way.
Being an expert at sailing isn’t necessary. Knowing the basics though will help you learn 10x as much about sailing during your time on board. With that being said, I take on folks who know little to nothing about sailing all the time.
I’m personally a giving person with my time and expertise. The best groups I’ve been in have always been in ones where everyone is giving towards the team whether that be making crepes to share when ppl wake up, volunteering to take the group photo or cleaning something up when you notice it could be.
In a giving team, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.
Generally we try to pack the boat up with as much greens as possible at every port stop. If fish can be caught, they will be caught. I don’t personally eat much meat or dairy but don’t mind if you do. If you’re vegan no worries, as long as you can make awesome vegan dishes to share!
Its normally been easier to do a very very reasonable fixed amount per day that includes food, fuel, propane etc based on what stuff costs locally. Mexico would be cheaper and French Polynesia would be pricier for example. I am not trying to make or lose money doing this as I feel that its a better group dynamic that way. Booze is best done as an addition because people have wildly different habits in this area. Immigration/Visa costs are best kept separate as well.
Safety is critical. Zephyr has not one but two EPIRBs (satellite emergency beacons), top of the line arctic life raft, 5 survival suits for immersion, and a satellite iridium phone for weather, basic email and emergencies. I take care of Zephyr and she’ll without a doubt do her best to take care of us.
Other Stuff ————
If you enjoy spending time in the water, you’re probably on the right track. Knowing your way around a camera is really helpful too as documenting these experiences is part of the joy in finding them.
Fundamentally, if we’re all generous towards each other, keep each other safe, look out for the ship, then the whole will inevitably be greater than the sum of its parts.
If you just want to follow along on the journey find Zephyr on:
Facebook Voyage of the Zephyr
Cheers and fair winds all