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About John & Ria


March 2012


We are a cruising couple with plans to spend the next few years cruising the Great Loop and the Bahamas. After that, who knows!

Our home while cruising will be a 34′ PDQ power catamaran, which we purchased in Stuart, Florida. Because we hail from Vancouver B.C., ‘His Idea’ will be Canadian flagged, and may one day come home to cruise the Pacific Northwest.

For 2012 we plan to head north along the U.S. Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to New York, then up the Hudson River to the inland canals, rivers and lakes that will take us to the St. Lawrence River near Sorel, Quebec. Summer will be spent cruising east to the Saguenay fiord region of Quebec – a place for great whale watching we’re told – and then returning upriver to Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa. A fall sojurn along the Rideau Canal will take us from Ottawa to Kingston, located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where ‘His Idea’ will spend the winter.

Here is a map which shows the Great Loop, courtesy of America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association.

We’ve created this cruising blog for family and friends to follow our (mis)adventures. Every visitor is welcome and encouraged to participate if so inspired. Hopefully we’ll have many interesting stories to tell and pictures to show of the people and places we see along our journey.


John Evans (Captain) and Ria Zapf (Admiral)

Special thanks to Dominic Linder for his technical expertise and the use of his server to host this site.


Having been born in Vancouver I spent my early summers in the English Bay area. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean, wondering from the shore about the mystery of the many freighters in the harbour and the journeys the crew have travelled.  Years later, together with husband John, our son Ryan, and daughter Vanessa, our family explored the Straights of Georgia and Juan de Fuca, as well as Puget Sound.  We cruised on 28′ and 32′ power boats, using them as our family vacation home throughout the spectacular waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Now I’ll be experiencing Atlantic waters and the inland passages of the east coast.  We are sharing our thoughts and welcome you to join in with your comments and questions.

Ria survived her New Year's Day dip at the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim


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