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Bumfuzzle - Just Out Looking For Pirates (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Schulte
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The story of a young couple who, without any prior sailing experience, decide one night over too many drinks that they are going to sail around the world. One year later they are bobbing around in the Bahamas on a thirty-five foot catamaran teaching themselves how to cross oceans in a small boat.

Along their way they meet amazing people, visit locations only accessible by those on their own yachts, become television actors in Australia, minor celebrities in Puerto Rico, and generally have a great time of it all.

They aren't your average cruisers by any stretch of the imagination, and run afoul of what most cruisers perceive to be "real" cruisers. But for four years they sailed around the world on their own terms.

This is their story, and is essential reading for anybody who has ever had the dream to sail around the world. This book just might push you over the edge, and the horizon.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2001 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 270 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0615220339
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Book Bums Publishing; Auflage: 1 (25. Juni 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #238.787 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nur Bogartikel zum Buch zusammen gefasst 4. Januar 2014
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Ich habe das Buch noch nicht ganz gelesen, daher halte ich mich mit der Bewertung zum Stil und Gesamtinhalt zurück, was ich aber trotzdem anmerken möchte, ist, dass es sich bei dem Buch fast ausschließlich um Blogeinträge handelt. Mich persönlich stört das schon ganz schön beim Lesen, weil der Text dadurch so zerstückelt ist. Da kann man genauso gut den Blog des Paars lesen - da hat man außerdem viel mehr Fotos. Das hätte man meiner Ansicht nach schöner machen können.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tolles Buch für Reiselustige! 22. November 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ich bin über die Webseite der beiden Protagonisten auf das Buch gestoßen.
Es handelt von einem Pärchen in den dreißigern, das irgendwann entschließt ihre Jobs aufzugeben, um um die Welt zu segeln. Auch wenn es auf Englisch ist, ist es leicht zu verstehen und super interessant. Kann es jedem nur empfehlen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Adventure Writing from a Young, Fresh Talent 8. April 2011
Von Tao Jones - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
After having read the entire collection of logs that detail Pat and Ali Schulte's circumnavigation, as well as having purchased and read the book version of their voyage, these are my impressions:

- If you don't want to spend even the small e-book price to download the Schulte's book, you can just go to their site and read the archived cruising logs from their nearly four-year adventure. However, the print version is a considerable time-saver if you are primarily interested in the sailing portion of their circumnavigation.

- Pat has essentially condensed their voyage into 264 pages by omitting much of the narrative which dealt with their land travels in many of the countries they sailed to.

- Also omitted from the book are 99.9% of the log entries dealing with boat-related troubles.

- To tie the included log entries together, Pat has added text which helps to provide a fuller picture of the Schultes and their attitudes toward life, travel, sailing, eating, drinking, people-watching and other cruisers. That part can only be gotten through reading the book.

What stands out for me, finally, is that the Schultes, like many, many others, had the dream of sailing around the world, but they also possessed the uncommon fearlessness to actually do it. Through good fortune in the commodities markets, they obtained the wherewithal to pay cash for a less-than-year-old catamaran and, with less than zero experience sailing such a vessel, managed to sail it about 30,000 miles around the world and return to the very marina from whence they began their voyage - four years older and waaaay more than four years wiser.

Through it all, they never came to love sailing. For them, the itch they needed to scratch was to travel. As Ali said, they just happened to do it on a boat.

And, if one really thinks about it, Pat's summation of a long passage, say across the Atlantic, is sharply drawn. It is the equivalent of getting into your car in New York City and driving to Los Angeles, he says, by putting the car in gear and creeping across the continent at idling speeds.

When they put Bumfuzzle up for sale with the broker who had sold her to them four years earlier, they cleaned her one last time, then drove away without so much as a wistful backward glance. From their log entry for May 11, 2007:

"One would expect this to be an emotional time, but we really didn't feel anything. Bum had taken us around the world, just like we knew she would the day we bought her. There was never any doubt in our minds that she would make it. For that matter, there was never any doubt that the two of us would make it either. We'd accomplished what we had set out to do. We had sailed around the world."

Then Pat acknowledged in his log entry for the next day that he WAS feeling a bit of nostalgia for one thing:

"Oh, who am I kidding about not being emotional about this? I woke up crying this morning. Not because I missed Bum, but because I missed my dinghy. Who was going to supply him with the super glue he needed to live? He didn't stand a chance. Sure, Bum would sail again. Maybe even go around the world a second time. But our dinghy was breathing its last breath.

"The last words the broker spoke to us were haunting me. 'Maybe we ought to take the dinghy off and hide it on the side of that shed over there.'

"Ol' dinghy had seen his last days on the water, and so had we."

If you're drawn to the story of the Bums, Pat and Ali Schulte, then picking up a copy of "Just Out Looking for Pirates" and treating yourself to a fun read may just light the fire in your belly to follow in their wake.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A little less condescension, please 18. September 2012
Von A. L. Caissie - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
After reading the synopsis and some of the reviews, I was expecting a riveting tale about a couple undertaking an epic journey. Instead there were a lot of complaints about how boring it was when there wasn't much wind, how much they missed Taco Bell, and how unimaginative most "cruisers" are. The repeated sneering at those they encountered who didn't (or couldn't) completely give up their regular lives for several years in order to indulge in a whim to sail the world, was tedious. Even more annoying was the endless rhapsodizing about how wonderful it was to spend time in poor, dirty third world countries.

I had to force my way through the last third of the book, hoping that there would be some pay off, some epiphany or denoument; nope. In fact, all the couple gleaned from their journey was a realization that they wanted to continue bumming their way through life. They drove off into the sunset in a VW bus (seriously).

Out of curiosity, I went to their blog; reading the current month was more than enough.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it ... & Now doing it! 29. September 2011
Von Ortolan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I came across the bumfuzzle blog back in 2004 when dreaming of someday... taking off. It was the ONLY blog which listed ACTUAL cruising costs - a big help versus other blogs & magazine articles that skirted around the issue with generalities (their costs didn't make their book, but are still available on-line in their archives).

Their fresh outlooks & comments drove the "yacht club sailors" CRAZY, which only adds to the fun. People love to talk of their great sailing adventures ... they're planning ... but rarely get to the DOING. Pat & Ali DID it & this book is an insightful & humorous telling of their entire adventure.

Their tale was a great inspiration for my wife & I to actually DO IT as well. We sold off everything, bought a catamaran (our first sailboat) & took off on schedule on 10/10/10. While we aren't planning (yet) to circumnavigate as they did, we have enjoyed our first 5,000 miles of coastal cruising. Life is much too short - Read this book!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A sociopathic Forest Gump goes sailing 19. August 2013
Von Christopher C Graves - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was able to make it a little more than half way before giving up. Perhaps there is a grand enlightenment in the latter half but I couldn't wade any further. The author seems to enjoys baiting the sailing/cruising community by describing his willful incompetence. If you take the description of their experience level and journey at face value they were quite lucky to have had so few serious problems. More problematic is the derision and condescension the pair seem to have for just about every person encountered along the way. His description of cutting a fishermen's nets and lying about his actions was quite telling.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ignorant Elitists at Sea 2. Januar 2012
Von Early_BP - Veröffentlicht auf
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I appreciate Pat's honesty, but both his ignorance and his hubris grate after the first chapter.

Pat Schulte reminds me of a much luckier Christopher McCandless (the Harvard Grad who decided to live in the wilderness, and starved to death due to his ignorance).

Pat and Ali are perpetually skirting injury and death, doing very stupid things because they don't know any better, and yet being too pig-headed to take it upon themselves to learn.

Their water-maker breaks at a time when they're not too far away from land. They have two gallons to get them the last 300 miles of their trip. Then, they don't seem to take any precautions when they make a three week passage across the Pacific.

They don't pay attention to tides, and try to go up a river during an ebb tide, and nearly kill themselves in the process.

They put their trust in their instrumentation, and don't think about what would happen if the systems break.

They don't seem to understand tacking or trimming, or really, anything related to sailing.

They eat a barracuda.

And they bitch the whole time about how boring the sailing is, how expensive the Marquesas are, how annoying the other cruisers are, and how their families really don't relate well to them. They sound like spoiled, ignorant elitists.

Hey, to each their own. If you want to be stupid and lucky, do it. But while you're glorifying your way of life, you're putting the people who follow you at risk.

I was saddened by Pat's poor attitude towards other cruisers. He calls them 'sheep'. He calls them judgmental and classless. He doesn't understand why anyone would want a monohull, use a compass or a windex or anchor next to another boat.

I'm sure that some cruisers are judgmental and classless sheep, but all of them? Why do that?

Sometimes sailing is boring, but if you're bored, the least you can do is figure out how to be safe. If you've got a lot of downtime, use it to maintain your boat and learn effective sailing skills that might save your life.

In all, I think this book is a perfect example of what NOT to do when sailing the globe.
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