The Voyager Diaries: S/V Tropic Tramp

I wish you could all meet Roger… Roger has been cruising for twenty three years, and began his voyage from Port Townsend, Washington in 1994. He is 75 years old and is single handing his beautiful wooden boat named Tropic Tramp. He’s visited over 60 countries and is one of the best story tellers we’ve ever met. He is quiet, humble and hardworking, with the kindest blue eyes you have ever seen. He has left his boat multiple times over the years to travel, trek, explore and work in the hidden corners of the globe. He worked at a horse ranch in Mexico for several years, built composting toilets for villages in Ecuador, trekked remote parts of the Himalaya, walked through Kashmir and parts of India. He’s caught giant squid in the Sea of Cortez, an 8ft marlin on a handline in the Pacific, dove for giant clams in Indonesia and still spearfishes today.

He is a true legend!

After getting to know Roger a little better, he invited us aboard his boat for a tour. There were so many special little details that he has added to her over the years; welded flower vases, hand etched glass work, delicate lace over the port holes, and even a pair antlers on the bow pulpit. Each detail held its own beautiful story.

Being with Roger made me feel like a child again; the world opened up and I was reminded that anything was possible. He let me climb up the mast like a jungle gym, just to get a better view!

We are so thankful for the opportunity we had to befriend Roger and we look forward to meeting up with him again one day. He is truly a special person and has inspired us to never stop pursuing the life of our dreams.