Dave Abbott - Captain Dave sailed around the world with his family on his Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. Captain Dave has owned six Land Rover Defender expeditionary vehicles and one FJ 40 that he has driven through Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, New Zealand, and Australia. He is planning a driving trip around the world in a Defender 110 Land Rover.
Donna Abbott - First Mate - Donna earned her stripes the old fashioned way by enduring the rigors of passage making for the thrill of exploring exotic ports across the globe. If Donna could travel full time, she would. There's no place on planet earth that she does not want to visit. She has explored more countries than two people could count on all their fingers and toes. Air travel is her least favorite method of travel. But if you put her on board Exit Only or behind the wheel of a Defender 110, she will go anywhere.
Wendy Abbott - Mate - Wendy is a veteran of dozens of adventures around the world. She sailed halfway around the world on board Exit Only from Florida to New Zealand. She drives Defender 110 Land Rovers like a professional and has tens of thousand of miles under her belt on her adventures on land and sea. When not adventuring, she works as a doctor.
David Abbott - Mate - David shot over 170 hours of footage on the voyage from Australia to Florida. He then produced the Red Sea Chronicles. In addition to the narrating the film, David scored, performed, and recorded the soundtrack for the project. David sails catamarans like a mad man, and drives Defender 110 Land Rovers until the wheels fall off or he is out of gas. He is a good mate on land and sea.
Sarah Abbott - Mate - Sarah is an adventurer and offshore sailor with a trip from Australia to the Med under her belt. She sailed through Pirate Alley, up the Red Sea, and into cinematic glory in the Red Sea Chronicles. She loves life on the high seas, and is ready for another sailing voyage with Team Maxing Out. Her fresh and enthusiastic perspective on cruising helped make the Red Sea Chronicles so special. Sarah grew up in France and is fluent in French. When not adventuring, she works as a physician's assistant.
Join Team Maxing out on their global adventures. Their favorite expeditionary vehicle is a Land Rover Defender, and that is why they have owned six of them in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and North America. Their driving adventures have taken them through Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, New Zealand, and Australia.Team Maxing Out has Land Rover Addiction Disorder, and we hope that there is no cure.
Team Maxing Out also suffers from Sailing Addiction Disorder, and you can follow their sailing adventures on SailingUNI.com. Join them as they sail around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. Team Maxing Out chronicles their exploits during an eleven year circumnavigation. Experience their adventures as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea. Find out what it's like to sail through a global tsunami in Thailand. Dodge floating debris with them as they carefully navigate through tsunami debris crossing 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's like to sail on the ocean of your dreams.
If you don't have a space shuttle, if you can't afford a yacht, if you don't like to fly, you can still make a trip around the world. You simply climb into your truck, start driving, and don't stop until you complete the trip. You'll need a couple of years and some Freedom Chips to finance the adventure, but you can make it happen. Travel with us around planet earth on Outback And Beyond, and before long you might decide to make your own trip. Our favorite vehicle for expeditionary travel is the Land Rover Defender. It truly is an Expeditionary Dream Machine.
Expeditionary dream machines.
Endless persistence gets the job done
Live as if you are great
I am willing to do whatever it takes
Appearances are deceiving
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.The Expeditionary Sandbook summarizes everything you need to know in order to drive in sand. The Expeditionary Sandbook points you in the right direction and gives you the tools you need to make the trip. All you need is a truck and some deep desert sand to get started.
Don't do stupid things.
I'll never be rich and famous!
Getting stuck is good!
Living my life on purpose.
Rocking my world!
Listen to the sound of your dreams.
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. If you are ready to learn how to do deep desert navigation, the The Expeditionary Handbook is for you.
Guilty of living my dreams.
Make your own list.
The Silence Challenge.
Now is the right time.
Travel with Team Maxing Out to the Hadida Meteor crater in the middle of the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. More than 400 years ago, a massive meteor struck and buried itself in the sand dunes creating large craters, vaporizing and melting sand. We decided to make an expedition to the Wabar meteor crater in our Land Rover Defenders. An expedition to Hadida is an awesome excercise in desert navigation as well as a test of your ability to drive in soft sand.
Wabar Meteor Crater - Arabia.
Winning the lottery of life.
Finke River Gorge in Oz.
Always keep the faith.
Sand dreams some true.
When people think of Saudi Arabia, they usually think about endless expanses of sand and giant sand dunes. But there are other treasures in the Arabian Outback that are worth exploring. Until I went to Arabia, I thought that all volcanoes were black. That is not the case in Arabia.We decided 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. Check out our solo trip to the White Volcanoes of the Arabia Shield.
White Volcanoes of Arabia
Commit after a good look.
Defender dreams come true.
Turn off your TV set.
Give yourself permission.
What Would Steve Do?
Central Arabia has a suprise in store for for those who dare to venture into the Arabian Outback. That surprise is granite outcrops that rise out of the desert floor like a whale breeching the surface of the ocean. Granite batholiths the size of a ten story building and bigger than a city block appear out of nowhere in the desert sands. Their other worldly appearance creates an Alien Wonderland for exploration in our Land Rover Defender.
Granite batholiths and bedouin wells.
Land Rover Addiction Disorder
My plans are firmly set in jello.
Will I have said more than I have done?
A temporary inconvenience
Only Limiting Beliefs.
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 Zeen.
Tombs of the southern Nejd quadrangle.
Life without borders.
The power of a single idea.
Shed Limting Beliefs.
If I'm not back in ten years, call 911.
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. Climb into our times machines and drive the Darb Zubaidah.
Exploring the pilgrim road to Mecca.
How would I act if I could not fail?
How many lives do you get?
Call 911 if not back in ten years.
The many faces of freedom.
eBooks without borders.
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. Visit the Rock Wall Journal.
Petroglyphs of the Arabian Shield.
No fear no limits Zone.
I am willing to do whatever it takes.
My bucket list of great ideas.
I like people in the outback. They are more than good mates; they are real people. What you see is what you get without apologies. Political correctness hasn't made it's way to the outback, and I hope it doesn't make a beachhead anytime soon. I would rather have a robust outback adventure any day of the week than tip toe through the tulips of the politically correct in large cities. The outback is what it is, and I hope it stays rough around the edges. It is one of last vestiges of freedom in the down under world called Oz. Check out our Ozzie Outback Murals.
What would you do?
Nothing else will do!
When plans don't work out.
A speck of faith moves mountains.
Be careful what you think.
For the past six decades, I have been an Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent, Doer of Dreams. Everything that I do, I do on purpose, and when things don't work out, I keep on keeping on. I don't know if I will ever be rich and famous, but I know that I will live my dreams. And given the choice between riches, fame, and dreams, I will take my dreams without hesitation.
Making positive reframes.
The laboratory of life.
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.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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.