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February 2, 2017

Book Review: Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope

Filed under: General — Richard Jordan @ 4:28 pm

My attention dirfts to a conversation some months back. “Have you scared yourself yet?” our boat broker Tom Harney from Jordan Yachts asked me. We crossed paths in Florida months after buying Wild Hair.
“No, not really,” I remarked. Dave concurred. “We’ve gotten into some pickles, but we’ve gotten ourselves out of them,” I boast.
I guess tonight — more than a year into our planned five-year voyage aboard Wild Hair — is my first real sail. I laugh. Sailing is horrible.

Tom Harney of Jordan Yachts scored a small but nice cameo in Heather Mann’s spiritual journey on her Hylas 45.5. The trip is full of hilarious sea stories with a few pretty scary situations. The scariest is probably when pirates follow Heather and husband Dave. Luckily they escape, but all cruisers should buy a copy of the book for good tips on what to do and not to do.

Heather, a struggling Buddhist, is able to get into adventure after adventure under the watchful eye of what she calls “the Great Atlantic Teacher.” Even on her final trip coming back as she muses on how much better they have gotten at cruising, she manages to once again humble herself. Heather and her patient and resourceful husband, Dave make a great team. She may not always be the one to get them into a bad situation, but Dave always is clever enought to get them out. If you want to go sailing with your wife or husband, this book will convince you to go together and renew your romance.

And then there is Dinghy the cat. We had a the pleasure of meeting Dinghy at Jordan Yachts. This is no ordinary cat. What cat have you seen walk on not just a leash but full-on harness? And what happens when they visit a island full of cats? Once again you will have to read the book to find out.

A personal inspection of this novel is highly recommended.

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"Dear Tom, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, and Jordan Yachts, for listing and selling our latest yacht. Our relationship has spanned over 20 years. We met you for the first time at the Newport Boat Show in the early 1990s. In 1994 you sold us a Stephens 47 cutter that we lived aboard until 1998. You personally installed a holding tank for us on the Stevens. You sold that boat in 1999 for 10k more than we paid for it. In 2003 we found a Bristol 41.1 on Yacht World located in the Sarasota, FL area and brought you in on the boat inspection, and eventual sale, because we trusted you and valued your thoughts and opinions. Because of your work, we negotiated an acceptable deal. You even helped us bring the boat from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale. We’ve enjoyed our time with the Bristol for 12 years and decided last December to put her on the market. We were in N Palm Beach at the time and you came up from Ft. Lauderdale to visit and to see what we had done to the boat over the years we had owned her. Last May, after our final cruise to the Bahamas, you came to our marina in SC to list and photograph our boat. The pictures and video you provided to Yacht World were critical in getting the buyers here from the Atlanta, GA area to view, and eventually purchase the boat. The coordination and support provided by Kathy at Jordan Yachts made the whole process seamless. Unfortunately, at age 76, my sailing days in “big” boats are over, but wanted to thank you and Jordan Yachts for providing expert and professional help in finding, and eventually selling for us, quality sailboats over the last 20 years." - PJ, S/V Dreamseeker 2