I grew up in Sierra Mountains. My family were avid sailors, having boats not only in the San Francisco Bay, but also on the surrounding lakes near our home, Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake. I grew up sailing, but my family is also very passionate about photography and videography, which I also fell in love with. After winning a few film festivals right after high school, I started working in the advertisement field, then moved onto television. For years (which helped pay and save for our boats/ trip), I worked for a television network called Livewell, shooting the shows Motion, and My Family Recipe Rocks till it was time to leave in October 2014.
I grew up in Southern California. My family were power boaters, we had a 42′ Californian and a mooring in Emerald Bay at Catalina Island. My love affair with the ocean began at a very early age. I spent as much time as I could with a mask on my face buried into the ocean, looking for any and all marine life. After high school I began working as a dive master for San Diego Shark Diving Expedition. I loved spending my time looking, diving , studying, and playing tug-o-war with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island off the coast Baja. My sailing experience when I met Jon was slim to none, having only sailed on little sunfish boats while I was a kid at the very camp where I met Jon as an adult.
Our story ( the quick version):
We met back in 2009 while we were both working for Gold Arrow Camp, a summer camp located up in the Sierra Mountains. We started to look for our first boat after Jon asked Shannon “How would you like to sail around the world?” (talk about a one liner right!) Our first boat adventure involved a small pocket cruiser called a Caliber 28. The boat was in very rough shape, so we spent over a year doing a total refit in a backyard in the middle of the central valley. Once she was done, we renamed her “TARA” and set of! After a few eye opening passages and living on her for a year we decided TARA was not the boat for us. You can read about our first adventures at http://www.tarasmaidenvoyage.blogspot.com.
PRISM’S story picks up with the first post to this blog back in 2013. Click HERE to read about it.
1982 Hans Christian 33t
- Alpha 3000 autopilot
- Raymarine depth/speed
- Pur35 Watermaker
- Icom 718 HF Radio w/ AH-4 tuner, GAM antenna, KISS Ground
- Force10 2 burner marine range
- 5kw forced air diesel heater
- 60 LBS ULTRA Anchor (Primary)
- 55lbs S120 Spade Anchor (Spare)
- 300ft HT 5/16” chain
- 300Ft 5/8” 3-strand Nylon w/30ft 5/16” chain
- Muir Cougar Windlass
- 150ft 5/8” 3-strand nylon w/ 15′ 5/16” chain
- (2) FX16 Fortress Anchors
- Fleming Major Windvane
- Fatty Knees 8′ sailing dinghy
- 2hp 2 stroke Yamaha outboard
- MCH-6 Dive Compressor
- Hardtop dodger
- (2) Renogy 100AH smart LiFepo4 batteries
- Sterling 1260 DC-DC Charger
- (2) 100watt Renogy Solar Panels
- (2) 80watt Polycrystalline Solar Panels
- (2) 20amp Renogy Rover Elite controllers
- Victron BMV712 battery monitor
- Ampair 300 Wind generator
- Beta Marine Diesel 35hp
- TMC260 Gearbox w/ a 2.5 : 1 reduction ratio
- Fireboy fire control
- Bruntons Sigma Drive
- 18.5″ Kiwi Prop
Sails and Rigging:
- 3/8” 1×19 316 wire for cap shrouds, backstay and forestay
- 5/16” 1×19 316 wire for lowers, intermediate and inner-forestay
- Hi-mod fittings on all
- Crusader Tanbark Mainsail
- Crusader Tanbark Staysail
- Hank on headsails
- High cut Yankee 12oz
- High cut Yankee 7oz
- 110% Genoa 4oz
- 120% Genoa 7oz
- 120% Drifter .5oz nylon with one reef
- Trisail with track on mast
- Storm Jib
- Asymmetrical Spinnaker
Prism's tracks are not to be used for navigation
We started in Olympia Washington in 2013 and now 10,000+ nautical miles later, we are on the east Coast of the US. Jon and I have uploaded our tracks so you can use them for a reference. If you would like them, you can click the link to Download Prism’s GPS Tracks.
The files can be input into your Chart-plotter devices for reference only. They are compatible with most charting systems.
The Ever-Changing Plans
The plan is written in pencil. cause it is never the same for long. There are so many options, Jon wants to do the North West Passage (burr), and I would love the chance to dive in the Red Sea. For now, we will go where the wind takes us, and we will keep going for as long as it is fun. Listed below are the “plans” that we have made since 2017, some have happened, others have not…. Stay tuned:
As of November 2021: Prism is 100% ready to go, there is literally nothing left to update or fix. As soon as a weather window presents its self we plan on heading from Beauford, NC off shore to the USVI and then summer in the ABC’s. If we have to wait much longer we might just end up going to the Bahamas.
As of March 2021: Thanks Covid-19…. Instead of sailing off into the sunset, we hunkered down for another year in HBY and completed another HC33 refit. This summer we plan on taking up where we left off this time last year. Heading north for the summer, then south to the windward islands. We hope to explore the entire Caribbean chain then spend the 2022 summer in Trinidad or there around. After that, we do not know where we want to go, but we are definitely making our way back to the Sea of Cortez.
As of February 2020: Well the plan keeps changing. We are now staying state side for this winter season. We plan on spending the summer season in the Chesapeake or maybe higher before heading off Fall 2020 back to Panama. Not sure where we are going to go after that, but the Sea of Cortez sure is calling our names once again.
As of October 2019: We are sick of the cold. The plan is now that the refit is done and Prism is looking the best she ever has, is to head back to the San Blas Islands of Panama. Prism is set up for warm weather sailing as the refit left no budget to add cold weather gear. So we are heading back to the El Carib to warm our bones, tan our bodies and get back into the cruising lifestyle.
As of August 2017: Prism is living out the summer on the East Coast. When we get back in early 2018 we plan on a short trip out to the Bahamas. —->then back up the East coast to summer in the north states as we keep hearing amazing things about Maine. Then———->Crossing to Europe (still not sure where we are going to land). We plan on exploring most of Europe for as long as we can, I know Jon wants to see the Baltic. Then——-> Head down and ride the trades back to the Eastern Caribbean.