A little about David & Marcie ...

Nine of Cups, our Liberty 458 cutter-rigged sailboat

Nine of Cups, our Liberty 458 cutter-rigged sailboat

Hi there! We’re David and Marcie Lynn and we lived aboard our Liberty 458 cutter-rigged sailboat, Nine of Cups, from 2000 - 2018. What began as a desire to travel slowly and economically at our own pace resulted in the adventure of a lifetime. We completed our rounding of the great southern capes and our circumnavigation of the world on April 1, 2015.

Living on a boat for nearly two decades has given us a different perspective on travel. We had the opportunity to visit places that are usually inaccessible like Pitcairn Island, Easter Island and Tristan da Cunha. We spent lots of time at sea, but we made the most of our land time, too. We weren’t on a 2-week vacation. We tended to linger in places, sometimes as long as a year or two. We tried to immerse ourselves into communities and cultures, gleaning a different understanding of the people we met and the places we visited. This became and remains our lifestyle. We’ve documented our nearly two decades of sea travels on the Sailing Life page.

Blue, our Ford Transit 250 van

Blue, our Ford Transit 250 van

We slowly made our way back to the USA in 2017 and decided it was time to try something new. But exactly what? We knew it had to involve more travel. We bought a Ford Transit 250 van that we named ‘Blue’ and David began to upfit it as a camper. It’s an ongoing project, but we’ve taken many trips in Blue so far and we’ve found land cruising to be interesting and fun. Check out the Van Life page and take several virtual trips with us across the USA.

We've written extensively about our travels.  We love talking about our experiences and sharing what we’ve seen and learned. Sometimes it’s the trivial side of things like chores or something that’s caught our fancy. Or perhaps it’s watching the Sydney fireworks on New Year’s Eve or staring up at a Moai on Easter Island or into the eyes of a giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands or a bison in North Dakota.

Marcie has always kept a journal, done passage notes and maintained a photo library. Our sailing stories, anecdotes and articles have appeared in several magazines including Ocean Navigator, Good Old Boat, Cruising World, Cruising Helmsman and Caribbean Compass. While Marcie's writing concentrates primarily on destination pieces, David writes more about the how-to issues of handling, maintaining and repairing a boat. Several of these are available on our Publications page.

Walking along the Via Francigena … Rome to Canterbury

Walking along the Via Francigena … Rome to Canterbury

More recently, David’s ‘Blue View’ blogs have been geared towards van upfits and maintenance and Marcie’s destination pieces have concentrated on our van travels in Blue and our newest passion, long distance trekking. We’ve found that slow travel, especially on foot, is the most rewarding kind of travel there is. The more we do, the more we want to do. Check out our Trekking page for documentary blogs of our hikes including England’s Thames Path walk and the more adventurous Via Francigena, a 1200+ mile walk from Rome to Canterbury.

Thanks for sharing our travels. We love the company!

Slow travel is easy on a sailboat. Here are our passage routes from 2000-2018.

Slow travel is easy on a sailboat. Here are our passage routes from 2000-2018.

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