the seas on a sailboat
and Pam McEntyre did something a lot of people can only dream of.
They retired and sold their home, and then spent several years cruising
the South Pacific on their 38-foot sailboat, Aurora. Here are some
photos taken just before they left and earlier ones taken at an open "house"
on their boat in December, 1999. At the very bottom: a photo
taken in 2006 in the Marquesas Islands!
update in 2008: Jim and Pam sold Aurora in New Zealand and bought
another boat ("Lyric") for cruising the Sea of Cortez, which they plan
to do six months a year while spending the rest of their time in Southern
Here's a view of Aurora
at San Pedro just before Jim and Pam sailed away (photo by Ken Allen).
Jim and Pam are just
about to leave. Are they a little excited about it??? (photo by Ken
At their open "house"
in 1999, Pam and Jim (in the foreground) entertained friends including
MC '60 grads Marianne Neff-Daniels and Erik Gerhardt.
Kathy and Ken Allen
posed beside a Christmas wreath that adorned Aurora's bow in 1999.
To get a better view
of Aurora plus guests Erik Gerhardt and Marianne Neff-Daniels,
moved around to the port side for this image.
Here are two below-deck
photos: the high-tech power and communications center and the very
cozy "master bedroom" below the foredeck. Jim has spent hundreds
of hours designing and installing the systems shown at left, including
a master power panel (machined in Ken Allen's garage), a laptop computer,
printer and scanner, a marine radio and an amateur (ham) radio transceiver
for worldwide communications, including e-mail at sea!
Look for KE6JRW at 7 a.m. on 7238 kHz (the Chubasco Net) and at 11
a.m. or noon on 14340 kHz (the Manana Net).
A 2006 note:
yes, they really did cruise the South Seas. Here's a photo of Pam
and Jim in the Marquesas Islands (in French Polynesia).