Books by Paul Trammell, the podcast "Offshore Sailing and Cruising with Paul Trammell," underwater photographs, the sailing Vessel Windflower, and Windflower's tracker, can all be found on this website.
In 2015, I quit drinking, and my life began changing dramatically and rapidly, all for the better. I wrote my first book about my experience getting sober, and the methods I developed in order to do so. This book is "Alcoholics Not Anonymous."
While seeking out substitutes for alcohol, I rediscovered my love for adventure. I was canoeing in the Okefenokee swamp on a five day solo canoeing and camping trip when I realized that I needed to become a sailor. When I returned home, I began devouring sailing nonfiction books. I used the money I saved from my first year of not drinking to buy a week-long sailing class with ASA.
After the class, I was able to crew on a boat that was sailing from St Lucia to Puerto Rico, and I Loved every minute of it. Soon after, I sailed from St Augustine, FL, to The Bahamas with friends, and this sealed it for me. I bought a boat later that year (2016).
My first boat, Sobrius, was a 30-foot 1972 Dufour Arpege. I bought her in St Petersburg, FL, and sailed her alone to the Dry Tortugas, then Miami, and finally to St Augustine. The trip covered 1000 miles. I wrote about this experience, which will never be duplicated, in my second book: "Becoming a Sailor."
In 2018, I sailed alone to The Bahamas and spent 2 months exploring the islands. My big goal was to reach the Ragged Islands and the Jumentos Cays. This is a long chain of islands, an archipelago, and most are uninhabited. It is a wild and remote place full of natural beauty, and devoid of the average sailing tourist seeking out relaxation and fun. The people there are adventurers. I wrote about this in my third book: "Journey to the Ragged Islands."
Next, I wanted to write a book about the band I was in, specifically our first tour.I was in an original reggae band, I-Vibes, and our first tour was on a converted school bus that ran on vegetable oil. We spent two weeks driving throughout the southeast and Appalachia playing mostly bar gigs. I started writing the book and quickly decided that it would be more fun to write if it was fiction. This became my fourth book: "Dead Flowers on Wednesday."
In the summer of 2019, I sold my house and my boat and bought a bigger boat, a 1972 Cartwright 40, Windflower. I bought her in Massachusetts, worked on her for a month, then sailed in late October to the Chesapeake Bay. I worked on her there for two months, then sailed to Beaufort, NC, and finally to The Bahamas, solo.
I arrived at Eleuthera on New Years Day and spent four months in The Bahamas. I wrote about this experience in a book yet to be published, with the working title of "Chasing the Nomadic Dream."
Windflower and I are now sailing around the Caribbean, exploring the islands, and living the dream.