Clark February 23rd, 2007

Strangely enough, the three questions I am most commonly asked by non-cruisers are:

  1. Have you been in any big storms?
  2. Have you ever been attacked by pirates?
  3. What do you eat?

We’ll take these three first. The next most common question is how I support myself. In land-based life the source of one’s money is personal, and usually a taboo subject, but no one ever seems to have any compunction about asking me thirty seconds after meeting me, so I I’ll address that one too…and some others.

Have you been in any big storms?

Dealing with the weather and all it can dish out is what bluewater sailing is all about. No one is more concerned with the weather than a sailor. I have been through lots of storms, but this makes up a very small percentage of the time I’ve spent at sea. Truly bad weather is actually a rarity. There is plenty of uncomfortable weather, weather that makes you wish you were somewhere else, but one has to be pretty unlucky to encounter weather that truly threatens ship and crew. Seamanship is learning to deal with it as it comes. I might also add that sailors are notorious exaggerators and gossips. The wind was always twice as strong, and the waves twice as high, as they really were.

The most deadly storms out there are tropical cyclones—hurricanes, typhoons, willy-willys—whatever you care to call them, and the prudent sailor stays out of tropical cyclone areas during the season. I suppose if you do sail in a cyclone region during the season, you really keep an eye on the weather and are ready to take evasive action at a moment’s notice.

I once got hit by a tropical storm (a tropical storm is one step below a tropical cyclone) in the Arabian Sea. I sort of glossed over the fact that the Arabian Sea has a funny little mid-term cyclone season around May. We took a royal pasting and got blown way off course, but this was a storm with winds up to 70 knots. When one speaks of a full-blown tropical cyclone with winds up to 100? 200? knots, survival in a small craft is tenuous.

I like to think of any weather system other than a tropical cyclone as being potentially horrendous, but not packing a tropical cyclone’s punch. To digress once again, while in Tierra del Fuego a massive low pressure system blew through the Drake passage, the notorious strait between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Penninsula. The buzz around Tierra del Fuego was ‘God pitty the boat in the Drake right now.’ The winds hit 110 knots, and the Drake has horrendous waves because it is the Southern Ocean and the Southern Ocean pinching its way between the Horn and Antarctica. I don’t know if it would have been a death sentence, but it was certainly as bad as any mid-range tropical cyclone, with the added element of cold.

To deal with these systems I have my bag of tricks, which varies considerably from boat to boat depending on the boat’s design and how it handles. My bag of tricks includes storm canvas, heaving to, running under bare poles, and finally, streaming a sea anchor from the bow.

Storm canvas means flying tiny sails and still trying to get where you’re trying to go.

Heaving to means stalling the boat out in one place, more or less, to ride out the bad weather. Condesa heaves to beautifully by flying just her mizzen and lashing the helm to leeward. She leaves the textbook slick of turbulent water to windward, which seems to deaden the breaking seas, and makes 1-2 knots of leeway. Other boats often have to use a combination of sails to achieve this result. A cruising friend calls heaving to ‘Parking the Car.’

Running under bare poles is no fun at all if it’s in the wrong direction, but at this point safety concerns have taken over and running in the wrong direction beats sitting there waiting for a wave to roll you. In bad weather it’s not the wind we’re worried about, but the waves. If you’re going the same direction they’re less likely to swat you. Condesa sails well under bare poles and her wind vane set at about thirty degrees off dead down wind.

Alas, I bought the sea anchor because I was out of tricks beyond a certain point. It a a 16-foot parachute, custom made in New Zealand, that streams from about a 350 foot combination of rope rode, chain, swivels, and chafe protection. I’ve never used it, but it’s nice to know it’s there. Theoretically it would hold the bow into the wind and waves in the worst conditions. I have never tried it out because it occurs to me that it might be quite a project to get it back in. It also occurs to me that a sea anchor could send you out of the frying pan and into the fire if there was a major cross-current running. Thus, the sea anchor is a no-go in areas where currents are strong and variable.

Have you ever been waylaid by pirates?

No, unless you count the guy who runs the boatyard in Buenos Aires.

In eight years of voyaging I have had stolen a 2.2 horsepower outboard motor and various other items stolen from my dinghy, and a few other odds and ends taken by opportunists over the years. Despite what the naysayers naysay, people tend to be pretty good out there. Of course some places are worse than others. The motor was stolen in Paraty, Brazil.

Piracy is on the rise in the world, and a growing concern among sailors. The current hot spots are the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, the Straits of Malacca, Ecuador, and Indonesia. There was an incident off the coast of Yemen, in which two cruising boats were attacked, which has changed a lot of people’s thinking. For the more cool-headed among us, the thinking was always to let them take what they want—it’s only money—and don’t risk life and limb by trying to do battle on the high seas with armed pirates. In this incident in Yemen the pirates shot first and asked questions later. Unfortunately for them, one of the cruisers was Rambo. Cruisers-2. Pirates-0.

This leads to the next question…

Do you carry a gun?

I don’t. I’ve always been one of the no-gun club. It has always seemed to me that the presence of a gun could make a bad situation worse, turn a robbery into a homicide. Plus, many countries do not look favorably on bringing guns into their waters, and having a gun creates a lot of paperwork and problems.

It occurs to me now that if I did carry a gun I certainly wouldn’t tell anyone, but I don’t, really. It also occurs to me that a level-headed person could leave the gun in its hiding place in certain situations, or get it out if there were no other options. The question is, are you level-headed enough to judge correctly when in a panicked state of mind?

What do you eat?

Salt pork and hard tack with a daily ration of rum.

It’s amazing how many people ask this question. The pat answer is: normal food, just like you…I go to the supermarket, buy food, and eat it. The boat has a refrigerator and eating patterns vary little from land-based life.

Eating different stuff around the world is one of the great joys of traveling, so obviously it’s more Thai food in Thailand, Indian food in India, etc.

I troll lines almost all the time, and fresh fish is also one of the great joys of cruising. I can do many things with fish-raw, cooked, pickled, or smoked.

With the longest passages in the world being only 3-4 weeks, very little special preparation is needed, other than stocking up. If you are truly preparing for a long time at sea, or in a remote area, then you get into the special tricks and preparations, and by doing these you can ensure fresh food for many months. Some of the basics, and my favorite tricks are:

In general, anything that had been refrigerated is destined to spoil if you don’t keep it refrigerated. Fruits, vegetables, and eggs that have not been refrigerated, if fresh, have a long life ahead of them before spoiling.

Eggs are natures perfect little protein packets. They’re sterile and last at least six week without refrigeration, months if refrigerated. Some people rub Vaseline on them to seal them. Turning them over once a week seems to keep the yolk from settling on one side and prolongs life.

Limes, when wrapped individually in aluminum foil and put in the fridge will last many months. I mean four months later you take off the foil and it’s like you just picked the thing from the tree. Really amazing.

Most fruits and vegetables (not leafy ones) benefit from a half hour soak in a bucket of water with a tablespoon or two of bleach. Dry thoroughly afterwards in the sun. This seems to kill the surface microbes that start the decay and makes everything last longer.

After this, most fruits and vegetables benefit from being wrapped, individually, in newspaper. Layer them on shelves or in laundry baskets somewhere where they get lots of fresh air, yet stay in relative darkness. The greener you can buy things the longer they’ll go. You have to go through the pile every few days and eat what’s ripe or starting to go. There’s some saying about a bad apple.

Onions are king! They keep forever, and carry a huge load of vitamins, but alas, they do not play well with the other children.

Onions and garlic need their own place. They will rob moisture from potatoes, which also need their own place. Bananas will spoil anything near them, so they need their own place too. You too will create science experiments and learn what works and what doesn’t with storing large quantities of fruits and vegetables.

Certain things that we don’t eat much at home, like pumpkins, are underrated. They keep forever, make great soups, and taste great roasted in the oven.

A small herb garden can easily be maintained aboard, and that little sprig of herb adds a lot of freshness to cooking. Oregano is almost unkillable and will supply you with a constant supply of leaves. Basil is very sensitive to salt water and will die after the slightest dowsing.

How do you do it financially?

Embarking on the cruising life was a financial adventure as well as a geographic one. We are conditioned our whole lives to making money and the idea of allowing our income stream to stop makes most people very uncomfortable. It took me about six months to stop worrying that the net cash flow was always negative.

The good news is that the lifestyle is relatively cheap. I’m a minimalist by nature, so it suits me fine.

Consider this: Living on a boat is the ONLY legal way you live in the world today without paying some kind of rent, mortgage, or tax for where you lay your head each night. Even if you live your life in a tent you are still getting stuck with campground fees, wilderness fees, or getting arrested for squatting. And living in a tent isn’t something I think I could do for more than a month or two. Living at anchor or underway in a sailboat is free almost everywhere in the world, and where it isn’t free is easily avoided.

So that’s it. If you live at anchor you are living with no rent, no electric bills, no water bills, no bills of any kind. You just need to maintain your home and pay for the incidentals, which are usually:

  1. Food
  2. Fuel
  3. Occasional port and immigration fees when entering new countries

It goes without saying that marinas are the enemy of this bill-free lifestyle. Many sailors spend much of their time in marinas because they have power and water at hand, they can step off their boat without taking a dinghy ride, and marinas usually provide a nice social environment. Marinas are part of cruising life, but I try to limit my marina time to when there is no other option, when I’m doing serious repairs or provisioning and need the power and facilities, or when I’m leaving the boat for a long period and it wouldn’t be safe otherwise.

The world gives us additional freebies by letting us buy liquor, fuel, and other products duty free when we’re leaving port. We’ve got it too good! When will the world catch on?

A yacht is not a cheap thing, and maintaining it isn’t cheap either, but when compared to paying rent in even the most modest dwelling, yacht maintenance, when averaged out over the year, is much less.

The basics of life aboard come to very little and most sailors find their money goes mostly to discretionary spending: eating out, buying souvenirs, and side trips or trips home.

I have known cruisers who get by on just a few thousand dollars a year and lead great lives. For them eating out is an annual treat, they never spring for a marina, and they go as far as grinding their own grains aboard to make flour. I have been spending something like $8,000-$12,000 per year, depending on whether I’m in cheap or expensive countries and how much I put into the boat. Every few years I’ll do some major boat projects that run into the thousands. Other years I’ll hardly do anything but routine maintenance. I have spent my nest egg at a pretty good clip over the years, but when you consider that what has taken me on a nine year odyssey is what many of my yuppie counterparts spent on new BMW, I’ve been getting a lot of bang for my buck.

I make a modest income by writing for sailing and travel magazines, and pick up occasional odd jobs when the fall into my lap and are fun.

During long times at sea or long times on remote islands there isn’t anything to spend money on, so those are months of saving. Blessed be compound interest and a bull market.

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Comment by Ian Blake
2007-03-20 10:48:20

Hey, love the site. Is there any way you can let us comsumers know when and in which magazines your articles will be appearing?

Comment by Brian Bell-Irving
2007-04-08 17:31:51

Hi Clark,
I met your mom last year when I tried to get into the Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach. She mentioned then, that she had a son wondering the seas in a sail boat and at that time was in Brazil, I believe. Anyhow, I made it into the Festival this year as a new artist with my stained glass panels. So when I met her again the other night, she gave me your website address. So I thought I would check out your site, and find it fascinating. I didn’t understand too much of the sail boat jargon, but love to read your stories and love your writing style. I had my own 15 month “wonder” throughout the South Pacific and Micronesia in 1989 & 90 when I was 30 & 31. I got into scuba diving and underwater photography, and always wanted to dive the Great Barrier Reef. That was the impetus for developing my long journey. Like you, I am very “thrifty” and get my moneys worth out of most of my equipment and myself. I spent most of my 15 months in beautiful New Zealand and Australia. Thank God, I ran nearly out of money in New Zealand and had to venture up north to pick kiwifruit for money, or I would have missed a great portion of this incredible country. The same thing happened in Australia, so I spent stages working in the agricultural fields picking fruit or pruning trees to build money to continue my journey.
I love to hear about people who have just packed up their belongings, quit their jobs, and gone off on a “wonder”. Anyhow, I will be checking in with your adventures and following your long journey around the seas. Maybe one day, we will met.
All the best, and safe travels.


Comment by Dick Dixon
2007-04-14 15:19:29

Clark…saw your SAIL article and learned of your web site. Feeling like George Bailey in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, I envy your lifestyle. Tied in a 30+year marriage that’s going nowhere, I’m one of those who have little hope of any serious cruising future despite being the owner of a 37′ sloop. I do, however, spend as much time as possible cruising the northern gulf coast of the US…it’s my best getaway. Fair winds & calm seas….I’ll keep an eye on you via this wonderful site.

Comment by David Rice
2007-04-16 15:16:26

Hello, Clark! Found your site today in Sail magazine. This was the article where you were nearly run over by a cargo ship. Looking forward to more articles!

Comment by Greg von Zielinski
2007-04-19 14:50:55

Nice boat!
I had a Salar 40 named Pelagic for about 5 years in the mid 80s and just loved her. Sailing her from Maryland to the Bahamas for the winters. You are right, calling her a motorsailer just is not fair. She sailed great and was tough as nails. I always considered her the Range Rover of the sea, rugged and pretty too.
Now I am aboard my ketch (Ocean Ministries a Challenger 54′) in the ST. Croix USVI, she also has a nice dog house, something I learned to love with the Salar. The Salar 40 is a great boat and I loved Pelagic, the type of boat you can fall in love with more and more over time, Good sailing, Greg von Zielinski st. Croix USVI

Comment by Georgia Mahoney
2007-04-27 20:05:37

Hi, Clark,
Between Grant Finster, our sometime gondolier who’s Cindy’s friend, & your brother, David, we FINALLY got your website. Remember me…Tommy Mahoney’s mom ….on A St. & the Ocean Front in Balboa? We’ve been missing you since last we saw you…were you 12? Say hi to your mom for me!

We’ve been reading your great articles in the sailling mags…wonderful! And wow, what a fabulous website! Such adventures you’re having!

I just emailed your site to Tom, who lives in Costa Mesa with his great Russian born wife, Ella, and their 3 year old, Clancy!

When you finally land back here, we’d love to see you!

Safe Passage,
Georgia & Jim Mahoney

Comment by Clark
2007-04-28 09:59:49


Wow, that’s the first I’ve heard of another Salar 40 in the US. The only other sister ships I’ve seen with my own eyes were around Sydney. Actually the governor of the Australian National Maritime Museum visited me once: He’d circumnavigated in a Salar 40 and gushed about the design. I couldn’t agree more…especially with what she’s done lately, she is just a very forgiving, seaworthy, seakindly design. I do fall more in love with her every year, and I feel like if I ever moved to another boat (maybe bigger) I’d always want her back. Range Rover of the Sea…I’m going to be quoting you on that one.


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2007-04-28 16:48:40

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Comment by Greg von Zielinski
2007-04-28 18:33:45


There was another one named Blue Goose, that was a ketch, where as mine was a sloop, she was owned by Bill and Ann Carl. She was from Virginia and I would see here in the Bahamas in the winters in the late 1980s, they were CCA members and just loved her as well. I have had a few larger boats since and I still miss my Salar often, they are a very special boat and really are a Range Rover of the sea, very competent, handsome, tough and all around confidence inspiring.

Great sailing, Greg von Zielinski, Ocean Ministries, St. Croix, USVI

Comment by Kimberly
2007-12-11 20:47:20


Please e-mail me if you have a family connection to the sailor Carl M. J. Von Zielinski. I have some genealogy-related questions about Johnson’s Island which was owned by my ancestors in the late 1800’s.


Comment by Phil Lack
2007-04-29 19:02:45

Hi Clark, great website and stories about sailing your Salar 40. What a great yacht, no need to convince us about this ! we have a Yahoo group dedicated to these boats at: http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/salar40/

feel free to browse our site whenever you get to a fast connection.

My Salar 40 is Wayfarer V, built in ‘76 in Auckland, NZ, now based in Melbourne, Australia.

Looking forward to reading about more of yr adventures.

Fair winds,


Comment by Maureen Cantrell
2007-04-29 21:26:42

I am also from the Yahoo Salar 40 site. Wow, great web site you have! Really interesting. We keep a register of the Salars around the world. We have 4 Salars listed as having home ports in the USA, not including Condesa or Pelagic (now on the list). We have 73 boat names identified all up. Our Salar is Sinbad, built in 1983 in Sydney, Australia.


Comment by Clark
2007-04-30 11:53:46

Amazing! Thank you so much for pointing me to the Salar 40 group. I have joined and I’m anxiously awaiting membership. I had no idea there were so many out there.

Comment by Peter
2011-06-05 20:09:51

I am currently looking to purchase Wayfarer V.

I would appreciate it if you could give me a call to discuss this fine looking yacht.

02 96650815

Comment by Valerie c Breyton
2007-09-16 09:05:21

Hi Clark,

My Father gives me his hand-me-down sailing books/mags. One of my favorite is Sail. The first article(Volume 38 #5) I “had” to read from start to finish “Drama in the Atlantic”. WOW! I am so glad to see you did not let this incendent stop you from sailing around the world.

There are a few things my father has taught me when I am sailing (Bristol 41 Hull #42). Never let your guard down; Always expect the worst thing that could happen and be setup in case it happens; always have something on so I do not blind my fellow sailors or the sea creatures. Note: I have my own floating devices.

Before we set sail, Dad and I always go through where everything is located from Flare Guns, to handheld VHF/GPS. We also have in place who is responsible for certain items (example: Military Yukky Cardboard food rations, life stuff, clothing, fishing pole and etc. (Mom takes care of the wine!). We do real serious drills before we go on long cruises (open waters).

I have a couple of questions: Do you always have another sailing buddy? Who takes these beautiful pixs? Hats off to the Photographer! Are you ever afraid of pirates/drug dealers/terrorist(unfriendlies)? When you saw the big ship, why did you not think about a flare gun? It would have been seen by the ship. Have you ever thought about doing drills with your sailing buddy to get in the habit (basic instinct) of grabbing the flare guns and handheld VHF?

Thank you for the awsome pixs of the places you have been. You have lifted the spirits of this old saulty sea dog (47) who has “run a ground” on land for awhile

Sail on!
Valerie – Nokomis, Florida, USA

Comment by Clark
2007-09-24 09:09:38

Hello Valerie,

Thanks for your comments. I too have run aground for a few months.

To answer your questions, I am the photographer, but the camera that took all these photos met with a nasty accident when I slipped on a glacier with it around my neck. I’m hoping to replace it with a similar model.

As to pirates, I treat that in the FAQ section under ‘Do you carry a gun?’ and ‘Have you ever been waylaid by pirates?’ Yes, I worry about it, but I don’t think a cruiser could do much against an armed, coordinated attack.

I go back and forth between sailing in company and sailing alone. After almost nine years I can handle the boat fine myself, and I’d rather be alone than with a dodgy person. The further I am from home, the harder it is to get reliable crew.

Launching flares would have been yet another way to try to attract the ship’s attention, but we didn’t get to it in our panicked state. We had our spreader lights on and we were screaming on the radio. I guess I’m a little nervous about launching flares in the wind with the sails up, for fear of burning something. I have a 12 guage flare gun, but it’s useless because you can’t get shells outside of the US. Most countries outlaw them and treat them as regular handguns. I’ve tried shooting some of the old shells and they definitely go bad and just fizzle. So, we would have had to launch a parachute flare, which wouldn’t have been a bad idea if we’d thought of it.

In any crisis there are a number of things that can be done, and the situation dictates the order. For example, in a man overboard situation, which do you do first, throw in the MOB module, stop/turn the boat, or press the MOB button on the GPS? Any could be the right thing to do first, depending on the situation.

I’ll never know for sure, but I tend to think that when we were hit by the container ship there just wasn’t anyone on the ball on the bridge. They should have seen us on radar and should have seen our lights, but they didn’t. A flare may have awakened someone, or may have been just another futile attempt at attracting their attention. Also, even if we did attract their attention, an 800-foot ship takes several miles to stop, and doesn’t exactly turn on a dime. Starting at 30 seconds to impact, there probably wasn’t anything either boat could have done to avoid the collision.


Comment by Bert
2007-09-27 19:10:43

Dear Valerie,

Its quite refreshing to see a strong woman like you going in such big sailing trips, and also to see how well she can work together with her dad doing so.

I wonder, can you tell me anything about your past voyages??

Ok well :) I dont have much time to sail anymore these days, my business takes up to much of my time sooo well thats it :) .

I wont be on here much sooo if you want to respond then you can respond here if you want to but it would be much more easy for me to get your responce if you email me at deviator@hotmail.com

Thanks!! and hope to hear from your sailing experiences!

Greetings from Bert, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Comment by John West
2007-10-29 20:39:31

Dear Clark,
I am in British Columbia and have Essex Salar number 20, a ketch. I am putting heat on board,(also insulating). I would be most interested in the placement of your Dickenson, I have lived aboard with them for many years, they are great. The rule of thumb for a convection system I am told, is that there needs to be an inch of rise for every foot of run, and that the rise is off the coil, (to a hot water tank, the high point), and then it returns down hill through the rads. I am at a bit of a loss as to how to deal with that.
I enjoy your web site very much, keep it comeing.
John West

Comment by iaian leckie
2008-02-09 15:18:33

hi clark great site. we are a couple in ecuador thinking of heading to lima so were very interested in see your guano floating barge. man i feel for you. is this a common occurance or were you just unlucky. any comments on this or other points about the lima area and the club would be great. keep upop the adventure. cheers iain

Comment by Clark
2008-02-11 08:52:44

Hello Iain,

I give Lima my highest recommendation. The Yacht Club Peruano in Callao is very friendly and welcoming to foreign yachts. There are very secure and cheap moorings with excellent security, so you can safely leave your boat. There is free 24-hour shoreboat service. Jaime Ackerman, the facilities manager, can help you navigate the checking in process. In Callao it’s fairly straightforward (a day or two) and cheap, but supposedly other ports in Peru are a little behind the times when it comes to foreign yachts. As to the birdshit problem, just look at what all the other boats do and copy them: streamers, banging bottles, bags, etc. If you don’t and you leave your boat for a while you’ll meet my fate, which was horrible! This will definitely happen, some say in as little as a few days, if you don’t take precautions. Peru made a fortune in guano a century ago, and this is why: lots of seabirds.

From the yacht club you’re about a 20 minute cab ride from the center of Lima, but luckily Lima has the cheapest taxis in the world and this will only set you back $4-5 each way…usually 10-15 soles, never pay more than 20, even at night.

Enjoy! It’s a great base for exploring Peru by land. The coast from the Ecuadorian border to Lima has lots of great places too, but you have to cast your lot (or risk not checking in) with the northern ports of entry.


Comment by Tris
2008-05-19 11:06:07

Clark –

Have you considered putting your story into book form?

I am an avid sailor – and happen to be a literary agent. You have a great story to tell.

Get in touch if you’re interest in discussing this in more detail.



Comment by Sandra
2008-06-29 03:04:18

Hello Clark
I found your story very interesting. Thank you for sharing it. We found your site becuse my husband and I are part of Royal Geelong yacht club, a club located 1hr south of Melbourne, Australia. There is a Salar 40 that is part of our club and we had viewed this boat as a possible design to investigate. I believe there are now 5 Salar 40’s on Port Phillip Bay(the body of water Melbourne and Geelong is located on). You’re enthusiasm for the Salar 40 and obvious hands on experience over 10 years has opened our eyes further to this design. It is our intention to venture of on an extended cruise within 2 years so we are presently searching for a suitable offshore cruiser to replace our present yacht. The Salar 40 is now on our shopping list Thanks for the wonderful insights contained within your website. Sandra

Comment by Clark
2008-06-29 12:18:25

Hello Sandra,

Of course I recommend the Salar 40 wholeheartedly. I saw a lot of them around Australia, but I never made it as far south as Melbourne. While I was in Sydney the governor of the National Maritime Museum made a special trip over to see my boat, and told me that he’d circumnavigated in a Salar 40. His only mishap was that the wheelhouse windows got smashed in, the broken glass blocked the cockpit drains, and the cockpit filled. I’d hate to see the kind of conditions that smashed in those windows. Salar 40s have been built in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and some builders have tweaked the design of the aft cabin. Mine was built in England and is very thick and strong. I assume other builders followed the same layup schedule, but you never know.


Comment by Maureen
2008-06-30 22:48:09

Hi Sandra

You might like to join our Salar 40 internet club at http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/salar40/. We have 57 Salar 40 owners as members and many more who are interested in the design.


Sinbad (Salar 40)

Comment by Kim Odekirk
2008-08-27 10:11:58

What awesome pictures, and quite an adventure. Did you take all the shots? Really amazing.

Comment by loren vz clancy
2011-01-01 17:00:36

How do you know Carl M. J. von Zielinski ? Have you met him?

Comment by Clark
2011-01-02 15:14:32

Sorry, I don’t know him.

Comment by john west
2011-01-26 22:12:58

Hi Clark,
Finishing touches going on Kwasun after three years, I will send photos to the Salar web site.
What are you up to? We miss your adventures and are waiting for the book, trust you have not been sucked back in to the buisness world.
John West/ Bonnie Stacy
Kwasun, British Columbia

Comment by Clark
2011-02-04 13:12:01

Hi John, Well, I’ve been sucked into the boat business world. I just checked out the Salar group and read up on your progress…which never stops, incidentally. I’ve put at least six weeks’ work into Condesa lately, and she still needs more…

Comment by Tony and Audrey Walter
2011-09-01 05:42:15

Hi Clark,

Great site, found by accident when looking around.
We (wife and I) have recently completed a circumnavigation in our 1971 UK built Salar 40, “Cayuco”.
We cheated a bit by going round in two years with the Blue Water Rally but then with two new grandchildren I was only given two years grace to do it in. The decision was taken to do it with just the two of us so set Cayuco up to be sailed by one person.
Nevertheless it was an amazing adventure and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Amazing how even with 30 yachts all doing the same thing we never saw anyone visually after the first few hours of leaving, kept in touch with SSB for weather and route info.
Our book of the voyage is due out October 2011 and is called “A Leap of Faith”, felt like it occasionally, especially in the Coral Sea while blowing a force ten. We were heading for the Hydrographers Passage in the Great Barrier Reef and had sailed from Fiji in 11 days. The gale delayed us as we ran off back towards New Caledonia, even then the great Salar design looked after us, they really are superb little ships when the chips are down.
Off back to Turkey next month for some more sailing.
Love the site.
Audrey and Tony Walter, temporarily in UK, SV Cayuco

Comment by Gary
2014-11-06 23:07:21

Love these boats. Looking at upgrading from my Waquiez Pretorion but wondering how Salars go to windward?

Comment by Clark
2014-11-13 13:11:43

Hi Gary, They don’t go to windward terribly well, but they do go to windward. Mine tacks through about 100 degrees on smooth water.

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