Wishing to Sail the Seas

Something I have always wanted to do was go sailing. To be able to just throw my gear and provisions on a boat and just go where ever I pleased for next to nothing; to just disappear for years and visit the countries that I have not been to yet. I have been to 15 countries so far thanks to serving in the U.S. Army and after serving I went into defense contracting in the Middle East.

Gemini Catamaran
A Wonderful Shallow Draft

The idea of owning a boat seems great until you see the costs of a good sail boat. Whether it is a monohull (traditional boat) or a multihull (catamaran) the cost can be quite insane. More than most homes. But it is understandable, a lot has gone into making sea-worthy boats that are safe. They include floatation devices, life rafts, dinghies, crash lockers in the hulls, radar, sonar/depth finder, fish finders, GPS, auto-pilot, and so on. 

Cockpit and Control Station

After watching nearly a hundred plus videos on youtube on the differences of hull designs, performance, and capabilities, I have decided that I really want to own a Catamaran. I could easily live on it without a problem. They can be outfitted with many accessories. Many have solar panels, wind generators, and fresh water filtratation systems to include trapping rainwater. They can be equiped to have up to 5 berths, a few heads, a galley for cooking, and a cockpit on the back for relaxing in. Catamarans can be a self-sustaining home. I just want a simple one; 2 berths, 2 heads, and plenty of storage. The only down fall is head room. I am 6 feet and 4 inches tall. That’s the boat life I guess. They have multiple layout options.

The catamarans I think I will most likely ever afford some day might be the American made Gemini series. They are more reachable to the common man. 

Berth
Galley
Interior Lounge and Dining Area
Gemini Catamaran

The photos I used here on this post I found on Pinterest by searching, “Gemini Catamarans.” To me this is kinda like the poor man’s yacht. It’s enough for me to enjoy life a little more if ever I could afford it. Simple luxury without the super high costs. 

Not sure if a Gemini.

The Multihull boats have a much shallower draft than monohull’s do which means they can get closer to shore safely. That’s great if travelling with family and young children. You are basically able to lift rudders and back up to the beach and step into the shallows. 

The Catamaran seems to be the best choice for me all around. I will keep my eyes open online and maybe some day I will get my chance to afford one. My primary income is only disability from Veterans Affairs. Hard to afford much with that. So for now I will just chill.

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Stepping Up Photography

Hello Again Ladies and Gentlemen. Sorry for the delay in my posts. I been furnishing a new apartment in Naga City piece by piece. So now when I go to Naga City I will not have to spend a lot any more on hotels at the rate of 1500+ peso per night, Especially during the fiesta in Naga City when rates are quadrupled. Now it is only 8000 peso a month.

I am Happy with my location. I am near Magsaysay Avenue where the night life is and the Basilica Church where they hold an English Mass. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room & Dining area, laundry area in the back and a long gated balcony and frontal area.

I have also been focusing on development of my Photography skills, I went a little over board and bought new lenses, filters, tripod, books, and other accessories. I am really loving it as a hobby. Wife is not too thrilled but she will survive. Would be nice to make money on it but that really don’t matter to me much. Here is a photo of where my hobby is at now. with the exception of a 70-300mm Sigma Macro lens that I just bought.

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In Pili, Bicol, Philippines there was a Wake Boarding World championship Competition on the 29th through the 31st of October. My wife and I went on the 30th and took about 450 Photos. Here is a few.

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So, how are my shots in this event? What do you all think? With these shots I was using a Canon Digital EOS 1200D with a EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS-STM Canon Zoom lens with Image Stabilizer, No filters, and a small JJC hood.

All Imaged were taken by me. No reproduction of these images are authorized without my written consent.

DAVID LEE MARTIN

FUNCTIONAL US ARMY VETERAN