Wilhelmshaven and the North Sea:
The future captain of S/V Lynx is no stranger to boats. Phil first started sailing in Germany at the tender age of 12. He joined a sailing club and built his own kit boat, a Mirror, which he sailed on the Banter See, in Wilhelmshaven. He also sailed on larger monohulls, traveling across the North Sea. At one point, he sailed all night through a storm with 30’ breaking swells. He was the youngest crewmember on board and managed to fall overboard three times (always tied in to the boat by a safety line). There are some very big storms on the North Sea. (Pic right is Phil sailing on the north sea, this time in calmer conditions).
Then the Blood family moved south, away form the North Sea, to Bonn, Germany. There, he lived on a house on the Rhine River, where he sailed his Mirror out in the strong currents, dodging passing barges and other swiftly moving river boats. With a four knot current, he had to sail his small boat hard just to keep abreast of the shore where his house was located. The picture (left) is Phil and a Freshman High School friend out sailing his Mirror on a local German lake one weekend.
On moving back to the USA at 15, he spent a lot of his time during his High School years out on the Colorado River and Lake Havasu, waterskiing, and doing all kinds of boating activities. This picture was taken of Phil when he was sixteen, waterskiing on Lake Havasu behind his 18' boat. Besides us the boat on the river, he would also go across the channel from Long Beach to Catalina for scuba diving, or sometimes from Port Hueneme to Anacapa Island.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer:
While going to collage at Cal State Fullerton University, Phil Blood took all the scuba courses and eventually became a Divemaster. This is also where he started his underwater photography classes and entered and won photography contests. One of his ideas was entered into the World Underwater slide competition.
After college, he became a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and opened his own P.A.D.I. dive store and training facility in San Dimas, California, called Adventure Diving Center. He ran that facility for eight years. (See picture of Phil, left, from that time). He designed his own Underwater Video course, which was approved by P.A.D.I. as a new class.
Computer Game Design:
After the Gulf War cut into people's leisure spending, he closed his dive store business. Phil created and ran a new kind of Murder Mystery game, which got noticed by a game company who then hired him to work as a Producer. He spent ten years in the game industry where he became the Lead Game Designer for two game companies, Silent Software and Prolific Publishing, creating original titles as well as working on games for Disney, Eidos, Crystal Dynamics, and Mattel.
Around that time, he also started writing a series of fantasy novels, called Cathexis. After leaving the game industry he continued his career as a writer and has finished 23 novels so far (see the series covers, left, all published under his real name, 'Philip Blood'. He is still writing Science Fiction and Fantasy novels and plans to continue doing so during the voyages of S/V Lynx. If you are interested in his novels, follow the link below.
But the ocean was always calling to Phil, and he purchased an 18’ Hobie Cat and started sailing it in the Long Beach Harbor, California. Currently, he is still sailing his Hobie cat occasionally when he feels the need to get out on the ocean since his plan for sailing around the world is still in the planning stages, set to begin in 2023.
About fifteen years ago, he became interested in larger boats and considered purchasing a Fleming 55 with the idea of motoring around the world. The Fleming is an ocean crossing capable boat with a range on fuel of over 2,500 miles. However, after looking at the costs of fuel ($9,000 for a single tank full), he changed his mind and decided that wind was his wallet's friend and that a large catamaran would best suit his plan to sail the vast distances across oceans.
Performance Cat, custom design catamaran:
At first, he considered purchasing a half-built Kurt Hughes designed 58’ performance catamaran he found in Newport Beach, CA. (see pic right). He was going to complete the build and head out in a few years. However, while continuing his endless hours of research into sailing, Phil slowly changed his mind about what kind of boat would be best for his long voyage around the world. Safety stayed his first consideration, but comfort became the second most important goal, trumping speed. (See the Boat page for more details).
Considering many factors, not the least of which was what he thought he might gather to spend on a boat, Phil settled on a used production catamaran for his future voyage. He now plans to purchase a 44' - 48' cat and then do a major refit. To save money, he plans to do a lot of the labor himself and the help from his future crew. He and his wife have the means to purchase the boat and pay for that major refit, but to take S/V Lynx around the world will take the financial aid of backers from Patreon, Youtube followers, and his crew. The long voyage he is planning will cost more than the boat and refit combined. Remember the rule of thumb, you break three things each day you sail.
Research and classes:
So, at this stage, Phil has extensive book knowledge from ten years of studying catamarans and all the systems involved. He also comes in with a lot of boating experience from a lifetime of being on the water. However, that being said, Phil has not spent a lot of time on a big catamaran, so there is an empirical learning curve he must yet overcome once he makes the purchase of S/V Lynx. Currently, he is working on his captain’s license and all the sailing certifications that entails. The plan is that by the time S/V Lynx sets sail, he will become Captain Blood and be ready to take on the challenges of this epic voyage, guiding his crew to many distant shores and noteworthy adventures. He hopes to start the sailing adventure in 2023, though the videos of the preparations will begin sooner.
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