Sailing as family time - There are those who worry that once they have a family, their dreams of cruising go out the window.Not so for Todd Scantlebury. In the non-fiction book “Red Water Blue Water Salt Water: a Novel about Sailing Away as A Family” ($20.99, BookSurge Publishers, 2008) Scantlebury tells the tale of taking his wife and 6- and 9-year-old daughters through the Caribbean on a Catana 40 catamaran, sailing 7,000 miles in 2-1/2 years in the late 1990s. Bopping between Cuba, Belize, Panama, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, Scantlebury and his family learn the true meaning of what it’s like to appreciate the journey of life and each other. The book also discusses how alternative family lifestyles can be made into realities.
Scantlebury has been a writer for Cruising World since 1996 and now lives with his family on a small farm in central Arizona.
This article originally appeared in the Home Waters Section of the November 2009 issue.