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Boat People – Episode 2

Submitted onAugust 20, 2010 One Comment, join the conversation

Welcome back to our second installment in the Boat People Series- hmm, is it time to coin this the ‘BPS’ or keep it as ‘Boat People’? How about you decide by leaving a comment below…

This week we are very pleased to share the stage with three boaters that are, quite literally, living our dream! Meet the Besemer Family from Boulder Colorado who traded their traditional land-based (and land-locked) life to travel together via boat. In November of 2008 (after selling their home, cars, and belongings) they embarked on their journey of discovery with the simple hope that there is more that bonds us than divides us. They love sharing the voyage with others through blogs and videos that they produce along the way.


We asked the Besemers a few questions and here’s their response:

Who is Three@Sea?

Three@Sea is the Besemer Family aboard their trusty Nordhavn43 (named “Three@Sea”), which they hope will eventually take them around the world. The three at sea are David, Kathryn, and Ayla (13-years-old). The dingy is named after Piccadilly (“Dilly”), their orange tabby cat who is also aboard.

Where has Three@Sea been?

Three@Sea has cruised more than 11,000 nautical miles in under two years, from as far south as Long Island in the Bahamas, up the eastern seaboard of the United States, through the Hudson River and eastern Erie Canal into the Great Lakes, through to Canada’s North Channel and Trent-Severn Waterway, out the St. Lawrence Seaway, around the Canadian Maritimes, and back down the east coast of the US.

Where is Three@Sea going next?

Three@Sea is currently in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island exploring the beautiful and historical New England waters. They hope to leave for Central America in January 2011, transiting the Panama Canal in March, and heading off to the South Pacific.

What inspired this journey?

David and Kathryn felt one of the greatest gifts they could give Ayla was a broader perspective of the world. Middle school and early high school seemed the best years to travel with her: “She’s old enough to appreciate the journey, and young enough to still want to be with us.” Inspired by the two Mark Twain quotes below, they sold their house and cars, and gave away most of their household belongings to move aboard Three@Sea (they had never owned a boat before — crazy kids!).

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Any regrets?

Not one.  It has been an amazing adventure, and they look forward to what the future holds.

YHD Editor: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to follow the Great Loop you will well served to follow their journey. The videos are genuinely charming and educational covering life aboard their Nordhavn 43 as they put around the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean (for now).  In addition to their videos, David, Kathryn and Ayla maintain their own blogs which offer great insight into what it’s like to live aboard with many posts offering very useful technical information.

Three@Sea is a now a nonprofit with the purpose of enlightening school-aged children and their families on the wonders of the sea. They are actively seeking sponsors to help them offset the costs associated with this tremendous undertaking. Learn how you can contribute as an individual or corporation.

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One Comment »

  • Eileen & Mike says:

    It was so awesome to watch your videos. My husband and I plan to travel the seas as well in the near future and your videos have truly inspired us.
    Keep up the great work and your grades of course!!!!

    Eileen and Mike…. Oregon

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