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An interview with liveaboard cruiser Ben Stookey, Part 1

Hi everyone, I recently met this really cool singlehanded liveaboard cruiser guy named Ben while he had his Nonsuch 26 sailboat on the free dock in Oriental, North Carolina. He had an amazing story to tell of his life and about sailing and cruising in general. So I interviewed him for your enjoyment!

Ben Stookey was introduced to sailing at a very young age by his parents. His father sailed a 21 foot sailboat from England to Antigua in the Mini Transat Race in 1977. When Ben was 14, his parents bought a boat in Finland they spent years cruising all over Europe. Ben's first year of high school was in Spain. Today, Ben lives aboard a Nonsuch 26 named 'Swallow.' He is currently cruising the US East coast, and earning a living from computer programming remotely aboard his boat using a wifi connection.


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Ben and I are hoping to rendezvous our boats in Nova Scotia next Spring/Summer. From there I plan to I sail my Westsail 42 'Paragon' on to Iceland, and then hike across it on foot with Eanna Ryan, but that will be another story...
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Re: An interview with liveaboard cruiser Ben Stookey, Part 1

Too much chit chat. I wanted a tour of the boat!
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Too much chit chat. I wanted a tour of the boat!
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Hi brokesailor, ya sorry it's gonna take a little while before I get to editing that episode. But I've reviewed all the footage and I think they're all going to be great episodes! I'm doing my best to produce at least one new video each week, and am trying to stay ahead of filming, editing, working on Paragon, my job, voyage planning, eating, sleeping... BTW, after 3 months of living on and working on my boat Paragon on the hard, tomorrow we get launched in the water! One big step! Thanks and cheers, Drake
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Re: An interview with liveaboard cruiser Ben Stookey, Part 1

Here's part 2 of my interview with cruiser Ben Stookey...

Ben talks about when he decided to find a sailboat for cruising, about the pros and cons of the wishbone rig on his Nonsuch 26, solar power, his favorite cruising boat gear, and food aboard and ashore. He also offers words of advice for those thinking about following in his footsteps.


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An interview with liveaboard cruiser Ben Stookey, Part 3

In Part 3, Ben talks about where's he's sailed, some of the most difficult sailing situations he's experienced, encountering dangerous conditions in the Gulf Stream, heaving to, and his future plans.

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Re: An interview with liveaboard cruiser Ben Stookey, Part 1

video: Deck Tour of Nonsuch 26 'Swallow' by Ben Stookey

Ben gives a tour of the deck his Nonsuch 26 liveaboard cruising sailboat and his home made Phil Bolger Elegant Punt dinghy.


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Re: An interview with liveaboard cruiser Ben Stookey, Part 1

That dude looks happy as *%$%^&!! ... Good for him...
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Good stuff, Drake.


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Re: An interview with liveaboard cruiser Ben Stookey, Part 1

looking forward to the cabin tour!

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