A little about David & Marcie ...
Hi there and welcome to Just A Little Further!
We are David and Marcie Lynn and we've lived aboard our Liberty 458 cutter-rigged sailboat since 2000. Let us tell you who we're not! We are not the Pardeys nor the Cornells nor the Roths ... nor any of those famous, courageous sailing couples whom you've read about. No, we're just two people who decided to sail off into the sunset. Initially, we had no particular destination in mind and certainly no desire to sail around the world. Instead, we endeavored to see and experience as much as we could wherever the wind, our imaginations and our budget would take us. What began as an urge to travel slowly and economically at our own pace ended up an adventure of a lifetime. We completed our circumnavigation of the world on April 1, 2015, but we're certainly not done yet!
Living on a boat has given us a different perspective on travel. We’ve often visited places that are inaccessible for many, like Pitcairn Island, Easter Island and Tristan da Cunha. We spend lots of time at sea, but we make the most of our land time, too. We’re not on a 2-week vacation. This is our lifestyle. We tend to linger in places, sometimes as long as a year or two. We can immerse ourselves into communities and cultures, gleaning a different understanding of the people we meet and the places we visit.
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 boat 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.
Marcie has always kept a journal, done passage notes and maintained a photo library. A couple of years ago, we started a small website to post our photos and then began doing an informal blog, mostly for family and fellow sailors we met along the way. It wasn’t until a chance conversation with our niece, Gentry, that we ever considered doing something more formal. She’s the inspiration and driving force responsible for JustALittleFurther.com and we thank her.
Our 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.
Why the name “Just a Little Further”? It’s like the old saying … how do you eat an elephant? A little at a time. It’s the same philosophy with sailing or any big challenge in life that you set for yourself. Take things one little step at a time and you can accomplish most anything. We began living aboard and sailing with minimal previous experience. We read lots; we researched; we took lessons; we practiced. Nothing is like the real thing though. Our first big passage was across the Gulf of Mexico from Kemah, Texas to St. Petersburg, Florida. Compared to the sailing we’ve done since then, it’s a fairly short passage. At the time, it was huge.
We’ve found that if we concentrate on little challenges, we’re better able to handle the big ones when they arise. If we’d said from the beginning that our intent was to circumnavigate the world, go around the Five Great Southern Capes, sail the Patagonian Canals, sail down under to Tasmania and cross mighty oceans, perhaps we would have reconsidered. But we didn’t think like that. Instead, we agreed we’d sail and live aboard as long as it was fun. Our first goal was to get across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. We did it. Then up the East Coast of the US … then to the Bahamas and to Trinidad … and then through the Panama Canal … and then …
Well, here we are ... nearly 90,000 miles under the keel, 5 continents, 5 Great Southern Capes, 36 countries and almost two decades later, still taking one passage at a time and going just a little further.
Thanks for sharing the ride. We love the company!