Let’s catch up!

About dead center you will see Majuro Atoll. That is where we are.
About dead center you will see Majuro Atoll. That is where we are.

  

Back in 1999 Doug and I took a deciding turn in our life’s path and sold our condo, bought a sailboat and moved aboard. We had 3+ years to go until retirement and when that day came we would be sailing away from the U.S. and heading to points unknown… for the rest of our plannable future. Since that time we have spent 2 years in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, 1 year traversing the South Pacific and 3 1/2 years in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Which brings us to today and the start of Suka’s Blog.

 

Marjuro was only suppose to be a quick stop along the way, but turned out to be an experience. We decided to stay for a while because the Marshall Islands is a country in “free association” with the U.S. and therefore very “America friendly”. Work opportunities here are not the best but, with some creativity, both Doug and I have been able to pick up a bit of extra cash. Between Doug and I we have carpentry skills, scuba instruction skills, canvas sewing skills, accounting skills and photography skills. Dabbling in a bit of each of those has really added to our income and helped us do a lot of work on Suka.

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More about Majuro

   Majuro has been a wonderful experience. I guess not so much for the cultural experience as for the time we have taken to develop new skills and hone old hobbies into sell-able trades. Doug has always been a carpenter/jack-of-all-trades, as any world cruiser should be and he has found a niche here for his cabinet making skills. He has also had the good fortune to learn and earn from boat building. He has definitely stayed busy. I have always enjoyed sewing and after learning how to do a lot of my own boat canvas work I found I have quite the knack for it and have parlayed that into a sell-able trade. Although, I think the best thing that has happened to me here has been my adventure into underwater photography. I seem to have a mini talent for that, also, and have sold a lot of my photographs in various forms. If that all didn’t keep us quite busy, we found a scarcity of scuba instructors on the atoll and so gave scuba diving lessons when the occasional student came along.