Inspiration occurs in unexpected places.

As I was riding the Underground in London, I frequently heard a recording that said, "Mind the gap." The gap is the space between the train door and the station platform.

When people don't mind the gap, they trip and fall as they get on and off trains. If you don't mind the gap, bad things happen.

Minding the gap isn't optional if you want to live your dreams.

The most important gap in our lives is the one between what we say and do.

When it's all been said and done, will we have said more than we have done?

The gap between what we say and do is sometimes wider than the Grand Canyon.

Talk is cheap, fast, and easy. Doing is hard, expensive, and takes lots of time.

The difference between saying and doing is the difference between heaven and hell, the difference between bogging down in Nowhere Land and sailing on the ocean of our dreams.

We spend our lives exploring the gap between saying and doing.

Some people make the gap their home and never go anywhere.

Others narrow the gap and step over it making their dreams come true.

If you are going to live your dreams, you will have to mind the gap between what you say and do. You will have to connect all the dots of your dreams until they actually come true.

Minding the gap and connecting the dots is simply living as if your dreams are possible and working each day to make them happen.

There's not much talking, and there's lots of doing when you mind the gap and connect the dots.

The fastest and most certain method of closing the gap between saying and doing is summarized in a single word: - COMMITMENT

W. H. Murray (Scottish Himalaya Expedition 1959) said it better than anyone.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back.. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too... Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

Maxing Out Expeditions is about minding the the gap and connecting the dots of our dreams.

Every day that we work on our dreams we are minding the gap and connecting the dots.

Sometimes we mind the gap for years before we actually connect the dots.

It required eleven years to connect the dots sailing around the world.

For more than thirty years, I have been minding the gap, but I still have not connected all the dots on my driving trip around the world.

For more than fifty years, I have been minding the gap and connecting the dots on positive thinking expeditions as I circumnavigate the inner world called my mind.

Maxing Out Expeditions chronicles the three great expeditions of my life.

1. Sailing around the world on my catamaran Exit Only.

2. Driving around the world in Land Rover Defenders.

3. Positive Thinking Expeditions exploring the landscape of the human mind.

If you are ready to close the gap between saying and doing, and if you want to connect the dots of your dreams, then Maxing Out Expeditions is a great place to start.

Sailing and driving around the world are even better when you have a Positive Thinking Expedition along the way.

Dr. Dave

Meet The Crew Of Exit Only - Team Maxing Out
Captain Dave

Dave Abbott - Captain Dave sailed around the world with his family on his Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. Captain Dave has owned six Land Rover Defender expeditionary vehicles and one FJ 40 that he has driven through Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, New Zealand, and Australia. He is planning a driving trip around the world in a Defender 110 Land Rover.

Donna Abbott

Donna Abbott - First Mate - Donna earned her stripes the old fashioned way by enduring the rigors of passage making for the thrill of exploring exotic ports across the globe. If Donna could travel full time, she would. There's no place on planet earth that she does not want to visit. She has explored more countries than two people could count on all their fingers and toes. Air travel is her least favorite method of travel. But if you put her on board Exit Only or behind the wheel of a Defender 110, she will go anywhere.

Wendy Abbott

Wendy Abbott - Mate - Wendy is a veteran of dozens of adventures around the world. She sailed halfway around the world on board Exit Only from Florida to New Zealand. She drives Defender 110 Land Rovers like a professional and has tens of thousand of miles under her belt on her adventures on land and sea. When not adventuring, she works as a doctor.


David Abbott - Mate - David shot over 170 hours of footage on the voyage from Australia to Florida. He then produced the Red Sea Chronicles. In addition to the narrating the film, David scored, performed, and recorded the soundtrack for the project. David sails catamarans like a mad man, and drives Defender 110 Land Rovers until the wheels fall off or he is out of gas. He is a good mate on land and sea.

Sarah Abbott

Sarah Abbott - Mate - Sarah is an adventurer and offshore sailor with a trip from Australia to the Med under her belt. She sailed through Pirate Alley, up the Red Sea, and into cinematic glory in the Red Sea Chronicles. She loves life on the high seas, and is ready for another sailing voyage with Team Maxing Out. Her fresh and enthusiastic perspective on cruising helped make the Red Sea Chronicles so special. Sarah grew up in France and is fluent in French. When not adventuring, she works as a physician's assistant.

Patreon - Maxing Out

Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.

The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.

The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.

And don't forget the two Music Videos: "The Red Sea Blues", and "Captain - Save Our Souls".

The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.


    Team Maxing Out Sails Around The World On Their 39 Foot Catamaran

    Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea


    Give your dream machine a shot in the arm

    See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one


    View the storm management video to learn how Captain Dave dealt with storms at sea

    After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams

Red Sea Chronicles

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