Our Boat

SOLD: s/v Gallivant, a Hirsch Gulfstar 45'
S/V Gallivant under sail on the Grand Bahamas Banks to Nassau.
Photo courtesy Christine of s/v

For the moment: our only "boat" is my sit-on-top-kayak. We're sure that won't be the case for long.

Our one-minute sales video tour.

After three months in Florida, we found and completed the purchase for our current sailboat, a Gulfstar 45. We bought a boat where our friends and family can join us, and close their door to their own stateroom at night. 

We named her s/v Gallivant, which means traveling for pleasure. 

We planned to take it to return to the West Indies this fall, but first, we spent the 2021 season in the Bahamas, with plans to travel the eastern US seaboard this summer. 

Our sweetest sail was out of St. Augustine, Florida.
Our surveyor described her as "elegant." We agreed.
Aft stateroom.

Settee area, though sans kitty toys as Don and Maryann's kitty Kai is enjoying his new boat.
Photo courtesy Ceal Potts, our inspector, and friend.

Our Gulfstar 45 was still under the ownership of friends Don and Maryann,
and called Straight from the Heart. Photo courtesy Maryann Timon as Heart
was leaving Jacksonville Florida for its final pre-sale haulout inspection.

Why did we selling?

After mostly living aboard and long-term cruising since 2012, our test drive to the Bahamas made us realize we just don't like doing passages anymore. We're ready to stop being nomads, at least for a while, though we do see a trailer-able boat we can take out for weekends or longer in our future.

Serendipity: Puget Trawler—Sold!

There is an amazing story behind the boat we came to call home after selling our sailboat in Australia. Die-hard sailors would accuse of us "going to the dark side" by switching from a sailboat to a powerboat. But there's a reason why we named her Serendipity. You can read the story about how she came to us here. If you had any doubts, the story will reinforce your belief in humanity and kindness. 

We seriously considered trucking Serendipity to the midwest, then doing the loop. Rather than the most reasonable from a reputable shipper sunk cost of $14K  if we cut the flybridge off, we decided to sell and buy a sailboat. The furthest we could've gone with Serendipity was the Bahamas, and we'd love to return to the West Indies. We sold her to someone who we believe will love her as much as we did.

Journey:  Pearson 365 Ketch - Sold!

pearson 365 ketch sailboat - cruising destinations, st. barts
Journey sailing into Gustavia, St. Barts, the Caribbean,
January 2013.  Eventually we'll get one with our sails up.
Thanks to Alice Kilgo of Ocean Star for taking this photo.
The perfect size:
  • drinks for 6
  • dinner for 4
  • sleeps 2

Bottom line?
  • 36 1/2' long
  • 11 1/4' wide
  • about 150 square feet of living space inside

January 2017 - Journey's Sale
After ~19,000 miles and 4 1/2 years together, was time to bid Journey a fond goodbye.  Our goal was to sail from the US to Australia, with lots of stops in tropical paradise along the way.  We did. We listed Journey for sale in the Sydney Australia area (click here to see the listing on our Pearson 365 sailboat ketch).

She was in sound condition, though we're prettied her up for sale as her curb appeal definitely needed some improvement.  

She sold within two weeks of posting.  Her current owners knew a lot about her from following Wayne's posts on the Pearson forum and this blog (which included a bit of a sales negotiation challenge as Wayne posted a low for-sale-by-owner price in New Caledonia before we brought Journey to Australia, where we undertook the extensive expenses and labor a broker sale there required).

We appreciated the excellent hand-off we got from Journey's former owner, and plan to pay it forward. As with Journey's prior owners, we offered a post-sale run-through aboard.  We still honor a standing offer to answer any questions Journey's current owners have for us about Journey.

We would love hear how Journey is enjoying some excellent new adventures with her current owners.  

This Blog, Post s/v Journey (continues)
This blog continues to live on as there is much excellent material I never got around to posting (which I do, periodically). It is also in the need of much clean-up (which my Wayne pointed out to me, and I am starting on as of this page's long-overdue update). As well, this blog reflects that post s/v Journey, we continue to explore, from our nomadic adventure around Australia living out of a Land Cruiser, to the continuing culture shock upon our return to the USA, to the new-to-us boat we are once again about to call home (as of June 2019). 

Portions of this blog will find their way into my first book, with a goal set of completion for this summer, 2019.

Now... Back to where we first got started... (from Captain Wayne's perspective)

The Story of Our s/v Journey Purchase

Pearson 365 ketch sailboat - cruising life, cruising destinations, bahahams
Journey sailing into Abacos, BAHAMAS.
Thanks Ann of Krazy Lady for the photo.
Choose... wisely
After some local porthole peeking forays, over a year of international internet "window shopping", with 30 “boat bucks” (1 boat buck = $1,000 USD) in recently added important extras, a Yachtworld ad prompted me to make my first serious offer.  I did not anticipate the boat of my choice would take a two-day flight to St. Lucia, or that I'd be making the final purchase decision on it without the assistance of a surveyor or my wife. 

For those for whom size matters, or want to peek under the hood

Signed, sealed but not quite delivered

Over a year of shopping, 2 weeks of sweating over whether to buy this particular boat, 30 days from making our initial offer (21 March 2012), 27 days after being told someone else was getting it, 23 days after re-iterating our offer, a redeye followed by a 4 hour layover, another 12 hour flight and a 4 hour drive to see it, 2 days on it including an overnight outing, Journey was ours.  Nearly 4200 miles from home, will she be safe for the 5 months until we see her?  We won't know until we're there.

Sails not yet up, and lots more clean-up to do, but...
Journey is here, healthy, safe and sound in sunny
St. Lucia, Rodney Bay.  For all that, and more,
we are happy!
Update:  Safe & Sound
Yes, thanks to the excellent folks at IGY Rodney Bay Marina's care, and that St. Lucia is a "hurricane hole" (safe place), our boat was ready and waiting for us.  

Best of all, when the time came to hoist her onto dry land to clean and re-do her hull anti-fouling paint, (click here, and here and here if you'd like to learn more about "Life on the Hard") there was nary a blister on this robust and well-cared for ~35 year old boat.  About the only issue issue we saw was a cracked plastic collar around the propeller, a common enough issue the manufacturer is replacing it with a steel part.  We'll replace ours with the updated part, but in the mean time, it's not a major concern.

Inside Views of Journey
for Sale Listing (the original YachtWorld posting no longer exists; thus this is our listing with DBY in Australia posted January 2017)

Or Check out these posts
Intruder Aboard! (one of our few scary moments on Journey)
Ned's Neato Additions

Other Pearson 365 Sailboats
We've met some fantastic other Pearson owners, mostly through the very active Pearson Forum (which has saved our bacon a number of times).  Here's a little about them and their boats
Dirk of Evening Ebb
Allen & Michelle of Incommunicado
Lonnie & Bona of Good News

We'd Love to Hear from You

Got a question or want see more?  Drop us a line at svJourney365 at gmail dot com (humans can figure this out, hopefully spammers cannot) and tell us what you'd like to see or hear. Blogger, unfortunately, is not the friendliest platform for commenting. If I had it to do over again, I would choose WordPress to make it easier.


  1. perfect life. wow. if your passing our way pick us up

  2. Ummmm... except we don't know who or where you are. Shoot us an email at

  3. Hi my name is Kevin Heuvel I worked for QX as a Mechanic for many years. I have a P365 sloop rig down in Mexico.

    1. Hello Kevin. THanks for checking in. Wayne loved working for Horizon. Are you still there? Or on your Pearson in Mexico? Are you also plugged in to the Pearson owners forum We've met some awesome folks from that and several folks saved our bacon from there as well. We'd love to hear what all you're up to. DO you have a blog?

    2. Ok heres the scoop I am currently working for Bombardier in Tuscon. I worked for horizon from 86 to 06 . I started in portland and moved to Seattle in 94 I lived on a Ranger 32 till I bought the P365 in 96 I got the boat fixed up and quit my job and headed south in my boat Tashee in 99> I had a great trip down the coast to Mexico and since then I have spent 6 winters in Mexico on the boat sailing up and down the coast .. I went back to work in Seattle for QX for the summers of 00 and 01 and then returned in the fall of 02 and worked full time till early 06 when I quit and took a contract job in the middle east , I made some good money then went cruising again. in the fall of 07 I went to work for Bombardier in Tucson for about a year then I quit and went cruising for a few more years in Mexico. I started back up with Bombarier in late 10 and plan to make anther escape soon, the boat is my second home now, and is about a 5 hour drive from my house here in Tucson.

      The P365 is a great sea kindly boat and I have had some great adventures in it. If you ever need some advice about the boat let me know. Tashee is a 1977 365 sloop rig
      Calm seas and Fair winds .

      P.S. Scott Parker is an old friend of mine. and is the one who clued me in on your web site .

  4. Kevin, sounds like you've had some great adventures and more on the way! Fingers crossed for you on the latter and thanks to Scott Parker as well.

    We'll keep in mind you're a Pearson resource. Wayne's often saved our bacon via other Pearson owners, generally met through the Pearson 365 forum We've met several nice Pearson owners through it as well. Just the other day we were reassured from another Pearson 365 owner next to us in a Georgetown anchorage on whether our engine worry was a concern or not (wasn't -- whew!).

    Anyhow, please keep in touch! Do you blog about your travels and plans or intend to? If so, please send the link.

    Dana & Wayne

  5. Saw your entry at TN,,do hope you are as exciting and revealing of your trip here too. have fun.. !

    1. Realize it was eons ago you made this comment but thought you might want to know I'm working on a book series, with the first one due out August 2021 called Sailing Naked. It's take me a while to get my nerve up to make that an underlying theme for the book. It will still be far more ePG than R and definitely not X. When I set up the blog post for the new site, I am likely to jump this to the the new author's website rather than doing many more new post here. THere's a limit to haw many domains I want to be creating content for at the same time.

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