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- Print Length: 268 pages
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- Publisher: Book Bums Publishing; 1 edition (June 25, 2008)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003DTMSMS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,778 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Bumfuzzle - Just Out Looking For Pirates 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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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.
Don't waste your time buying this "boring" offering which is a lot of bravado and little substance - no interesting tales of sailing adventures.
Bumfuzzle starts out with a self-centered, self-important, arrogant and clueless Patrick Schulte. Spoiler alert, it ends the same way. How someone can take so much pride in being an inept sailor is beyond me. One would think that by simply being on a sailboat for multiple years that his sailing skills would improve. Nope. I'm not even sure you can call what he is doing sailing as he fires up the engines as soon as he can't sail the rhumb line.
I really thought the chapter about Bangkok was going to be the turning point. They had a major epiphany about people/cultures, etc and vowed to be nicer to people and not be so jaded. That lasted about 5 pages and then he went right back to bashing everyone in their sight, most notably, other sailors. The very ones that always seemed to be the first to help them whenever they pulled into a new anchorage/harbor/marina.
The height of his douchebaggery was when he cut the lines on another sailors boat (German solo sailor) despite the frantic shouts of the poor guy telling him not to. Patrick, being the seasoned and esteemed sailor he is, decided he knew better and cut the lines anyway. What a d-bag. I initially thought the proud arrogance he displayed cutting the fishing nets and then lying about it would be the topper but he really upped his game with the German sailor. Nice work.
If your idea of adventure is *motoring* a catamaran around the globe while eating canned food with a detached view of the world then this is your book.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this save a small exception. The first 80% of the book it sounded as though the author nothing but lamented every single day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher D. Gomez
At their age, they are more adventurous and physically able to adjust to other cultures then most cruising folks. Their perspective is refreshing and reminds me of my youth.Published 1 month ago by Robert L.
Read lots of blogs, manuals, articles, mags and some books. Pat tells you like it is while mocking the cruiser community is a hilarious way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank
Ali and Pat boated around the world, but as Ali said, "we can't even say we sailed around the world". When winds were unfavorable, they just motored through. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NW4GT
Enjoyable read overall. Clearly there is a discord between Pat, his wife, and the other cruisers. Pat's description of the people they encountered along their voyage was the best... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Searchin
Great read ... based upon this book we got our first boat and are sailing the Caribbean!Published 3 months ago by Sentient One
Couldn't finish this book. I just got tired of hearing about the author's low tolerance of other cruisers asking simple questions. The writer is just too full of himself.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author presents the story of circumnavigation in a raw matter-of-fact manner. He takes pride learning to sail with minimal official sailing lessons, and he constantly reminds... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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