Bumfuzzle - Just Out Looking For Pirates 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2441 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Book Bums Publishing; 1 edition (June 25, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DTMSMS
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By A. L. Caissie on September 17, 2012
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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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Awful book! The author appears to be a condescending jerk, with little to no respect for other sailors. Although the pair may have started out with no sailing experience - yet picked up the necessary skills along the way - the author manages to "minimize" every other sailor and/or boat on the open water.

Don't waste your time buying this "boring" offering which is a lot of bravado and little substance - no interesting tales of sailing adventures.
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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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I read this book because we are in the process of buying a Jaguar catamaran. I was so frustrated with these two morons. They hop on a boat and zoom around the world just to say they have done it. Neither of them even know how to boil an egg and live off chips and Koolaid. They don't communicate with any other cruisers because apparently, they are "too good" and do nothing but complain all day how bored they are. How about learning to cook while you are so bored!! Don't buy this book and waste your money - it is about as boring as the two idiots on the boat!!!
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I really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed reading his co-authored publication, 'Live on the Margin' and really didn't think twice about buying this book. While his other book was informative, insightful and inspiring, 'Bumfuzzle' was a major disappointment. Had I read this book first, there is NO way I would have given the other book a chance.

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.
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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.
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