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Behan Gifford
Worked at Sailing vessel Totem
Attended Connecticut College
Lives in miri, malaysia
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a boy with some serious sea miles! love this.
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LOVE this video. thank you Jamie, for taking the time to include the Totem crew!
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Your children are beautiful Behan!

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hey thanks Louis! it's full on. fridge, water tank already gone...
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Engine trouble and kidnappings
There's a Yiddish proverb: "Man plans, God laughs." The cruiser's equivalent is to say that our plans are written in the sand, at low tide. Yes, we still make plans. Usually, they're weather driven: designed to avoid hurricane/cyclone/typhoon seasons on the...
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Hi Al! We don't carry any weapons. I'm pretty sure every country we have been in required they be declared. Some will bond, most remove them and return when you depart. You can imagine how that gets quickly problematic! We have never had cause to physically defend ourselves.
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Safe passagemaking in the Straits of Malacca
There's a long history of piracy in the straits of Malacca , and plenty of modern bandits too- this area currently has  more pirate activity than any other part of the world. But those aren't our concerns as we sail south from Langkawi toward Singapore. Unl...
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Enter to win a flag- just two days left!
I'm looking forward to picking a name out of the virtual hat (OK, so actually, it's randomized event executed with a mouse click...), and going through pictures of flags. If you haven't entered to win yet, you've got two days left- that's two more chances t...
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nice reel, guys!
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+Michael McGuire the bang is Totem's bronze rudder skeg making a rapid drop to the ground, and our rudder post finally coming out, as a couple of the yard crew use a pipe as a BIG lever to torque it a bit. 
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Tense moments and unanswered questions
Pulling out the jib was an unexpected bonus as we sailed south from the islands of Langkawi.It's more than 400 miles from there to Singapore, and we hoped to break it up with extended visits in Penang and Malacca to experience the interesting food, culture,...
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Maintenance on board: how mechanical are you?
We just had a crazy stretch of boat work on Totem, and knocked several big items off our list of essentials for maintenance or repair as we anticipate next year’s Indian Ocean passages. Sometimes it was just a matter of paying a vendor. Sometimes it was wor...
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24 hours under martial law
On May 22, a military coup displaced the elected government in Thailand. They enacted martial law, put a curfew in place, dispersed protests, and quelled media. On May 24, we entered Thailand for a tourist visit. Did we have to go? Well, Malaysian visas for...
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  • Sailing vessel Totem
    Co-captain, 2012
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Currently
miri, malaysia
Previously
coral sea - brisbane, australia - bahia de los angeles, mexico - la cruz de huanacaxle, mexico - seattle, wa - mystic, ct - new york, ny - san francisco, ca - taipei, taiwan - ubud, indonesia - sydney, australia - neiafu, tonga - hiva oa, french polynesia - suwarrow, cook islands - savu savu, fiji -
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I live on a boat.
Introduction
Our family of five live aboard our sailboat, Totem. We've sailed over 30,000 km since leaving our home waters near Seattle in 2008, and are working through Southeast Asia in 2013. Chronicling our adventures on my blog, Sailing with Totem.
Education
  • Connecticut College
    Asian Studies / Chinese, 1988 - 1992
  • University of Washington
    MBA, MAIS, 1994 - 1997
  • Taipei American School
    High school, 1987 - 1988
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