With the philosophy of "you have to get off the boat and go inland to meet the people," the Beaches describe, through letters and journals, life among the inhabitants of Kanton, a remote Pacific Island. They write of meeting South Pacific island chiefs and of listening to a well-known revolutionary for Vanuatu independence sing "Deep in the Heart of Texas."
Visit the miraculous time between the iron curtain and the rise of ethnic tensions when traveling around the world was safe and fun, except for rounding the Cape of Good Hope through hurricane force winds!
Written for non-sailors, Jerry's letters depict daily life on Beachouse, the gathering and happy hour place for cruisers, as well as the constant hard work of keeping the boat repaired, washing clothes by foot in a bucket, and the hunt for food and supplies in remote places.
Marvel at this courageous couple's commitment to their dream, and each other, in this entertaining and moving true-life story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful lesson about love, learning and tenacity. The Beach's show us how when you want it done it can be done. I loved that they lived their dreams and it has been shared with us. Thank you Coral for writing it for them and us.
FASCINATING TRUE STORY. FUNNY, EXCITING, LOVE STORY ABOUT A BRAVE ADVENTURSOME COUPLE. PERFECT FOR THE READER WHO ALWAYS WANTED TO SAIL AWAY INTO THE SUNSET, ONLY THIS IS AROUND THE WORLD. I FELT I WAS SAILING WITH THEM ON THIER LONG JOURNEY.
If you like travel, adventure, fun, and meeting new people, this is the book for you, especially if you are a yachtie, a crusier, or a scuba diver. However, the general public will enjoy the story these two remarkable people and their adventures of living their dream. Ms. Beach has woven the letters from her mother and father as they lived on the Beachouse with facts and historical background that keep you turning the pages. The circumnavigation of the globe with details of all the anchorages, long and short sails, interaction with inhabitants around the world, and, of course, the daily happy hour make for interesting reading. The nitty/gritty of everyday maintenance, being hauled out and dropped 15 feet onto the deck, and the joy and peace of each beautiful sunset combine for an in depth look of life aboard.