Team Maxing Out
for their sailing and off-road adventures. They may be
wandering, but they are not lost. So where did they go?
Some people would say nowhere, but I would say, everywhere their heart
desired. They went everywhere they had the courage to point the
bow of their sturdy catamaran Exit Only, and everywhere they turned
the wheels of their Land Rover Defenders. They sailed more than
33,000 miles around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran
including a trip through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea. Their
Land Rover Defenders took them to Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates,
Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica,
Panama, New Zealand, and Australia. Soon the adventures will
continue with a driving trip around the world and a sailing voyage
back to Australia.
Join Team Maxing Out as they sail
around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only.
chronicles their adventures during an eleven year circumnavigation of
planet earth. Experience their adventures as they sail through
pirate alley and up the Red Sea. Find out what it like to sail
through a global tsunami in Thailand and the Indian Ocean. Sail
up the Kumai River in Borneo and visit the endangered Orangutans of
Kalimantan. Explore the crystal clear waters of southern Turkey
and sail through the Corinth Canal of Greece. Ride out a storm
at sea as Exit Only sails from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands.
Discover what it is like to sail on the ocean of your dreams.
Dave Abbott wears many
hats. When he is on board Exit Only, he is known as
Captain Dave. When he is driving Land Rover Defenders, he is
known as Land Rover Man. When is working as a flying doctor with
the Indian Health Service, he is know as Dr. Dave. Captain Dave,
Land Rover Man and Dr. Dave have all gotten together and written a
book called Maximum Strength Positive Thinking.
Maximum Strength Positive Thinking tells you what to say when you
talk to your mind, and what to say when your mind talks to you. You
have a lot of things to discuss with your mind, and Maximum Strength
Positive Thinking tells you what you should be talking about. Maximum
Strength Positive Thinking is now available in eBook Format at
Barnes and Noble. Make your life better today by putting
Maximum Strength Positive Thinking into your mind. If you want
to have a positive mind, nobody can stop you.
Home Is Where The Heart Is - The first home I ever owned was
sailing vessel Exit Only. The dream of house ownership never appealed
to me, and I have steadfastly resisted any passing and weak urges to
buy a house. On the other hand, all of my adult life I have had an
overwhelming desire to own and cruise on a small yacht. When I arrived
in Phoenix, I couldn't tell whether I was in a 45 caliber zone or a 38
caliber zone. That made finding a place to live somewhat difficult.
If I wanted to be safe working in this section of the world, I would
have to buy a tent and live in the desert with the rattlesnakes and
coyotes with an hour long commute, or I could buy an over-priced house
in a seemingly safe area. The over-priced safe house seems to be
working fine. This must be what it feels like to be living in a
witness protection program.
Discover the meaning of
Sand driving teaches you about your limitations. The first lesson you
learn is that appearances are deceiving. Traversing a sea of
sand may look like a piece of cake, but fifteen seconds later you are
monumentally stuck with sand up to your chassis.You can't tell ahead
of time how hard the slogging will become until you get into gear and
start moving. Appearances truly are deceiving.The second lesson you
learn is that the only way to find out if limitations are real is to
test them.If you want to live your sand dreams, you have to test the
sand all the time. You must allow yourself the luxury of testing your
limitations many times each day. When you do that, you discover that
you can do many things you previously considered impossible.
Landrover Defender Overland - When things don't work out as
planned, what should you do? Put a for sale sign of your Defender and
hope that a Bedouin with lots of cash shows up to put you out of your
misery? Sit around and feel sorry for yourself because you are
high-sided on the sand dunes of life?
I don't think so. If you don't have a snatch strap, and you are alone
in the dunes, then it's time to get out the shovel and start digging.
Once the sand no longer touches the chassis, you will be on your way.
When plans don't work out, you keep on digging,
keep on fixing, keep on navigating, and keep on driving.
Expeditionary Sandbook -
My first trip into the Empty Quarter of Saudi
Arabia taught me the most important lesson of desert exploration that
I ever learned: DON'T DO STUPID THINGS!
The desert is unforgiving and doesn't treat fools lightly. Here is
how I learned that lesson.
me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being really alive.
Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go, I think it's the
sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to do what I want to do
with my life, seasoned with a pinch of adrenalin that makes it all
worthwhile. It doesn't matter whether I drive down a hundred foot sand
dune, sail through pirate alley, or voyage across an ocean, I still
get the feeling that I am really alive and am accomplishing something
that's important to me. I'm living my dreams, and although it's a lot
of work, costs lots of money, and spends the currency of my youth,
that doesn't matter, because I'm doing what I want to do with my life
as I live without regrets.
- Daydreams are
easy. Just sit back and let them happen. Daydreams are
effortless adventure. It's easy to be a legend in your own mind.
Real dreams are hard. You can't sit around making bun prints in the
sands of time if you want to make your dreams come true. Real dreams
aren't a trip to fantasy land. They are rock solid adventures
purchased with blood, sweat, and tears, and the most precious
commodity of all, time. I have always been something of a
dreamer. I have gone walkabout in my mind for thousands of hours, and
that's ok, because I have spent even more time going walkabout on
- Each expedition into the Arabian desert is special for different
reasons. Some trips are simply to get away from it all to experience
the solitude and stark beauty of the Arabian shield. Other trips have
a specific destination in mind, and the destination defines the
adventure. The U.S. Geological Survey worked with the Saudi
government to create a set of maps of the geology of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia. My favorite survey map is the Southern Nejd
Quadrangle. A smorgasbord of sand dunes, wadis, granite fields,
metamorphic mountain ranges, and archeological mysteries abound in
this quadrangle. When I think of this area, the word "awesome" comes
to mind. Take a trip with Team Maxing Out to the Tombs of Bir
- Travel with Team Maxing Out to the Hadida Meteor crater in the
middle of the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. On the trip back from
Hadida, I had my opportunity to lead the expedition into a sea of soft
sand. It was high noon, and I had no clue that in a few seconds I
would be up to my chassis in golden sand. If I had a thousand
dollars for every time I have been stuck, I would be a millionaire.
I'm grateful for all the times I've been stuck over the years. That's
what happens when I live my dreams. I've been up to my axles in sand
hundreds of times. That's terrific because it means I am living my
sand dreams. I've been stuck too many times to count, and I hope
my good fortune continues.
- Travel with Team Maxing Out on the Darb Zubaidah from Iraq to Mecca.
More than a thousand years ago, Queen Zubaidah from Iraq built an
eighteen meter wide pilgrim road from Baghdad to Mecca. The road was
called the Darb Zubaidah, and millions of pilgrims walked this road on
their journey to perform Haj. We calculated the distance and felt we
could complete the trip in a week in our Land Rover Defender 110
expeditionary vehicles. We carried enough fuel and water for the
entire trip. Our Defender carried 430 liters of fuel in long range
fuel tanks and thirteen jerry cans. We had two hundred liters of
water and enough food to last for weeks.
Positive Thinking Headquarters - The home of positive
thinking on the world wise web. I am grateful for all the times
I have been stuck over the years. That's what happens when I
live my dreams. I've been up to my axles in sand too many times
to count, and that's terrific because it means I am living my sand
dreams. Positive Thinking Headquarters is where you come to get
unstuck. There is nothing wrong with getting stuck as long as you
don't stay there. It's time to recover. It's time to
become an Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent,
Doer of Dreams.
Overland Defender 110
- Join Team Maxing Out as they make an expedition to the white
volcanoes of the Arabian shield. We decided that we wanted to
visit the white volcanoes of the Arabian shield just north of Medina.
The volcanoes are in a no man's land with lava fields stretching for
hundreds of miles. We would be foolish to make a solo trip to this
area in the heat of summer. But if it's the cold month of December,
if we have two spare tires and enough water to survive for a couple of
weeks, and if we are willing to burn one of our spare tires to make a
smoke signal in an emergency, then a solo trip is not crazy.
- Let Team Maxing Out show you the art and science of expeditionary
navigation in the Arabian Desert. Not all expeditionary
navigational problems are created equal, and your approach to
navigation varies with terrain, capability of the vehicle, and degree
of access to the land. Limited access makes navigation more
challenging, and unlimited access gives you hundreds of options when
you plan your expedition. Situational awareness forms the
foundation of successful expeditionary travel. Situational awareness
means that you know yourself, your vehicles, and the desert in which
you travel. You must know your vehicle well and understand its
capabilities and limitations.
Rock Wall Journal - Team Maxing Out conquers a sand ramp in
the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia and then studies the petroglyphs of
the Rock Wall Journal. The ancient people who created the Rock
Wall Journal were not simple-minded cavemen waiting to evolve into
real human beings. These highly intelligent people had an
appreciation for the natural world in which they were immersed. They
displayed their focus on the natural world with stylized drawings that
are still pleasing to modern eyes. Although they had a limited palate
and only a few tools with which to work, they created unforgettable
panels of rock art.
Hubbard Glacier - Team Maxing Out goes on a photographic
safari to the Hubbard Glacier by way of the Inside Passage of Alaska.
We thought of sailing Exit Only through the Inside Passage, but we
quickly dismissed such notions from our mind. We had gone
through several winters on board Exit Only in New Zealand, and we
discover that Team Maxing Out has thin blood. Our personal
thermostats definitely have a warm bias. We would rather be hot
than cold. The only way we would see Hubbard Glacier was on a
ship, because Exit Only is a trade wind warm weather boat.
Positive Thinking Handbook - When everything goes wrong,
you discover who you are. You have a defining moment. If
you don't face challenges, and if things don't go wrong frequently,
something is wrong. You are not really living. You are
drifting. You are alive in name only. It's time to get in
the arena and engage life head on. It's time for things to go
wrong so you can discover what you are made of and who you are.
It's time to have a defining moment. The Positive Thinking
Handbook will help you win the battle of the mind during the defining
moments of life. It's your handbook to a positive mind. If
you like the Positive Thinking Handbook, you will also love
Positive Thinker's Handbook and
Arno's Wall - Everything Including the Kitchen Sink - Winton,
Ozzie Outback Murals - Life Before Cell Phones, Texting, and Twitter.
Sudanese Boatyard -
Traditional boat building is alive and well in
Sudan. As we toured the waterfront in Suakin, we visited a boat yard
where craftsmen build wooden fishing vessels. They used an adze to
shape tree limbs to the curvature of the hull to create ribs for
their boat. Next, they attach rough sawn planks to the vertical
Cruising Sudan -
When cruising sailors visit Sudan, they all stop at
Suakin. This modest port is a much better stopover than Port Sudan
which is the main commercial port in the country. Suakin has a large
well protected harbor with good holding in relatively shallow water.
You could sit out a real blow in this harbor without much risk of
dragging anchor. The ruins of old Suakin occupy a small
peninsula north of the anchorage. This town was reputed to be the
last place in the Red Sea where there was an active slave market. On
a more positive note, the town is unique because its white buildings
were constructed out of coral.
Sudanese Children -
Someone once said that the birth of a child proves
that God hasn't given up on the world yet, and I'm inclined to agree.
After living outside the USA for
twenty-eight years and traveling twice around the world, I find that
children are my greatest reason for hope. I can see it in their eyes
and hearts. They have no axes to grind, they ignore hardship, and
they love life.
Orangutans of Borneo - Travel with Team Maxing Out as they
visit the Orangutans of Kalimantan.
Borneo is off the beaten path and sailing
there on your own yacht is a big deal. It's not around the corner and
up the street. It's your reward for a long hot passage across the
Java Sea. In order to see the endangered Orangutans, you must sail up
the Kumai river which takes the better part of a day if all goes
well. Sometimes things don't go well, and you run aground. That's
exactly what happened to the sailboat that traveled with us up the
Exit Only Survives Global Tsunami -
In Thailand, Exit Only survived the most
destructive tsunami of modern times without a scratch, but we didn't
escape scot-free. The arm of the tsunami was very long, and out in
the middle of the Indian Ocean, the tsunami made a lasting impression
on Exit Only's starboard bow.
34 Things I've Learned in 33,000 Miles - Find out the lessons
learned by Team Maxing Out as they sailed around the world on Exit
Only. You find what
you’re looking for. The cruises who talk about the dangers lurking in
each location are invariably the ones who find trouble. Cruisers who
make smart decisions and keep a positive attitude somehow manage to
find good stuff in the same places and enjoy themselves much more.
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