Welcome to the "Slackadventure" Web Site
Steve Slack and Rene' Slack
After fifteen years of marriage and four children in our blended family, we sold our house and almost all of our possessions and set out to purchase our first boat to sail around the Caribbean. We had searched the internet and honed the vast amount of information down to a dozen monohulls we were interested in seeing. While searching for just the right boat our head was turned by a catamaran, Shiraz, so we purchased a 42 foot Venezia by Fountaine Pajot.
In November of 2002 we headed off for the British Virgin Islands and after three years of Caribbean cruising, we turned west and passed through the Panama Canal . We are still heading west on our adventure but try to return to the US once a year to visit family and friends and especially our four grandchildren.
Our monthly logs are chronological or they can be sorted geographically. The logs provide us with a way of staying in touch with people who are interested in following our travels and a way for us to remember where we have been and what we did when we become to old to do so.
Visit any and all of our site and if you have questions or want to make comments send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know that when we started out we had lots of questions and it would have been nice to know someone that was actually doing what we were planning on doing. I don't necessarily think that we have the answer but I am sure we will have an opinion.
Most important to all cruisers is the ability to keep in touch and we are no different. Communication is one of the primary safety devices on a boat but just as important it is the way we stay in touch with our family and friends. We can receive email, weather faxes, contact other cruisers and stay in touch with the local radio networks by radio and anytime we are ashore we connect to our email account.
Here are some ways you can contact us:
Our mobile telephone number 704 433 2552
Our mail forwarding address is:
The contents are forwarded to us only every six months or so.
Our HAM call sign is KC9ADD. This is our most important tool for weather. We can listen in on the weather nets and/or download a weather fax. We also stay in touch with distant vessels via SSB. Every morning around 8 o'clock there is a flurry of contacts trying to be made between vessels and there are established radio nets that exchange information among cruisers. We can also pick up the BBC and NPR which is broadcast by American (no longer Arm) Forces Radio.
Since this e-mail capability is transmitted by radio frequency there are several limitations. The messages must be of a noncommercial nature, there can be no attachments, and the length of the communique must be less than 5,000 text based characters. It is also advisable not to forward emails to our address since it may contain a great amount of superfluous information. Other than these limitations it works fine. We depend upon this email to receive weather an it is really perturbing when you have twelve junk mail messages and you are limited to 30 minutes per day. (Our winlink email address is no longer published on this site due to the great amount of junk mail we received after listing our web site on several directories.)
We will also be using internet cafes that can be found in almost any port. With this capability we hope to be able to send and receive pictures and conduct all normal internet business. This e-mail address is email@example.com. Please remember that we will not open this site every day so please be patient.