"65 Days at Sea" DVD Preview, Review and Upgrade
The New “65 Days at Sea” DVD
We’ve spent the last 180 days rolling Polly’s mule wagon across the Lost Sea. Curious what it’s like aboard a sailboat traversing the real thing?
Click here for a taste of two months on the real briny…
In 2003 I completed a solo circumnavigation of the globe in my 34 1/2-foot steel cutter Sea Bird. The voyage began and finished in Oriental, NC. I filmed the longest offshore passage extensively and from that footage, 3-time Emmy-award winning producer Bob Collins and I created “65 Days At Sea”.
Originally released in jewel case packaging, “65 Days At Sea” has been upgraded to 6-panel DigiPak and is now available in the General Store.
“65 Days At Sea”
What’s it like to spend over two months on the ocean?
Reviews of “65 Days At Sea”
Cruising World magazine: “Joyful… The ebullient (Harberts) is a real hoot and a seasoned mariner.”
Latitudes and Attitudes magazine: “This is great stuff!”
Good Old Boat magazine: “If you’re wondering what it’s like out there, (then join) this self styled madman.”
In 1998 I set off with my steel ketch Sea Bird from the Oriental Town Dock on what I expected would be a two-year circumnavigation of the world. Well, it took that long just to get down to New Zealand – where I spent another year and half rebuilding my boat.
Whagarei, New Zealand
The voyage continued.
By Cape Town, South Africa, I decided to document this simple life aboard – to show folks what it’s like to sail for weeks and months… utterly alone.
And so the idea was born. On my final 6500 non-stop passage from Cape Town, South Africa to St. Johns, US Virgin Islands, I would film what eventually became “65 Days At Sea”.
In the rigging
(Will and Deni McIntyre Photo)
Here was the problem, though. I didn’t have a Hollywood-sized film budget at my disposal. Heck, my sailing budget was five hundred dollars per month. How as I going to get those heart-stopping “Pirates of the Caribbean” shots?
I filmed while I was clinging halfway up the mast – one handed. The other hand handled the camera.
There was a trick to it, though, and it went like this.
To get up the mast, I first had to put on my rubber shrimp boots. Sea Bird didn’t have steps screwed to her mast so getting into the rig wasn’t as easy as climbing a ladder. Those white shrimp boots gave me just enough traction that, with a handful of halyards, I could haul myself hand-over-hand up the into the rigging. When I reached the spreaders, I’d reached my filming platform.
Now I could do some filming.
This wasn’t easy because all the while the boat was pitching back and forth, flinging me through great aerial arcs above the sea.
The final results proved breathtaking.
“65 Days At Sea”
The inside view
Click here for the two-minute preview in the General Store. The “65 Days” DVD is at the bottom of the page.