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ADVENTURE MAKES US COME ALIVE.


Let us take you on an adventure.

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ADVENTURE MAKES US COME ALIVE.


Let us take you on an adventure.


Ask yourself what makes you come alive….

Is it the blue water sailing making headway to some exotic island or new distant land or is it creating a culinary delight with local produce collected from a village or the thrill of the sound…fish on!!! when the lines spins out of control as your first Mahi Mahi has taken the hook.

Freya is a 52ft ketch rig monohull that can offer all this and more.

Captain Louis and first mate Jules create an adventure for all aboard to experience another world… A world where you not only discover new people’s and cultures, great oceans and lands but to redefine who you truly are.

So just say…. let’s go.

Contact us today to see how you can be a part of the adventure!
Info@247sailing.net

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247 SAILING


247 Sailing is Julie Routledge & Captain Louis Honeycutt.

247 SAILING


247 Sailing is Julie Routledge & Captain Louis Honeycutt.

Our Vision

See the world from a different perspective

247Sailing invites people seeking a journey with a difference to share the adventure and challenge of the sea bringing about a profound shift in how they relate to their life, to community and to the world.

Our sailing yacht, Freya, a 1984 52 ft Irwin Ketch sailing vessel  refitted with AC, generator, water maker, radar, digital navigation, life raft,  fully equipped galley, private cabins and much more.

Adventure, Discover, Explore and much more!

Why dream when you can DO IT!

Sailing aboard Freya is an opportunity for you to experience a whole different way of life. Always keep in mind that you are coming to experience how a cruising boat functions so bring your open mind and fresh eyes.

This lifestyle is an unique way to embrace indigenous peoples, their cultures and rituals, scattered in remote islands and villages around the world,  where your enthusiasm friendliness, participation and listening are valued more than your bank account.  Discover the enrichment of seeing a different way of life through others eyes.

A Yacht is a place where everything renews itself day after day, everyday something new to do, learn, explore, see, understand or figure out.

Be a part of this extraordinary life and see the world through different eyes.

Captain Louis,  originally from Texas, is a USA 100 Ton Coast Guard licensed Captain who feels at home on the sea, having sailed, cruised and lived full time abaord sailboats since 1999.

Sailing and cruising through the Bahama Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Honduras Bay Islands, San Blas Islands Panama, Columbia, including 15 Panama Canal transits, Las Perlas Islands, Pacific coast Panama, Ecuador, Cruised the  Tuira River visiting the Embera Indians in the Darien Jungle of Panama, Galapagos Islands, 3 South Pacific crossings to the Tuamutos, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Kingdom of Tonga to the Fiji Islands which is where he met Julie in 2007. Now on his 4th Pacific adventure.

Julie, an Aussie gal, holds a 200 ton First Mate MYA license. She loves to discover local produce from around the world and to provide people with the opportunity to enjoy healthy local cuisine. She is a fantastic cook, no canned food from Jules. Jules is inspired by the possibility of connecting communities and traditional cultures around the world and is the founder of a sustainable development project in Africa.

Visit: www.afadu.org.au (click for link)

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JOIN US


info@247sailing.net

JOIN US


info@247sailing.net

Sailing ADVENTURES

Freya transited the Panama Canal 11th April, 2018. Currently in New Zealand, Bay of Islands.

All you adventurers please contact us at info @247sailing.net.

2018 South Pacific Adventures                      Availability

Leg 1: Panama –Tahiti            Completed
Leg 2: French Polynesia – Tonga  Completed 
Leg 3: Tonga – NZ                Completed 
2019 South Pacific Adventures
Leg 1: NZ - Fiji                   
Leg 2: Fiji - Vanuatu            2 Berths

Be an explorer, unlock amazing experiences for your next adventure…

What you experience

*You get to live and sail aboard Freya...a 52ft blue water ketch rig fully equipped sailing yacht circumnavigating the world.

* You get unlimited fresh water. 

* You sail around some of the most remote incredible archipelagoes on the planet visiting remote communities with pristine beaches and swimming clear waters. 

* Help islanders on remote islands with food delivery and share in their traditions and culture. Make a difference!

* You will learn passage making, navigation, radar, blue water sailing, line and sail handling, tender driving, anchoring, weather planning, passage provisioning, culinary skills and much more.

Ask yourself what is it worth to experience this adventure...  what we know is that you will never forget this unique experience.

See the world through a different perspective....

Email Captain Louis at info@247sailing.net

 

 

 

Maximum 2 persons.

JANUARY 11th to APRIL 2019 in NEW ZEALAND.

MAY - JULY IN FIJI

AUGUST - OCTOBER in VANUATU

Sail with expert instruction participating in navigation, sail handling, helming, shipboard duties and land adventures. Gain an understanding of the hands-on skills needed for cruising. Build your confidence. Enjoy and learn to prepare fresh gourmet meals.

Captain Louis, Merchant Mariner 100 ton USA licensed and First Mate Jules, Master of Yachts 200 ton licensed, together, with a combined 25 years sailing and worldwide cruising experience, welcome you to be a part of their adventure.. 

 

double CABIN

Sleeps 2

Private Bathroom access.

Email info@247sailing.net to get in touch.

 

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YACHT DELIVERIES


Specializing in International Long distance Yacht Deliveries

YACHT DELIVERIES


Specializing in International Long distance Yacht Deliveries

Captain Louis,  originally from Texas, is a USA 100 Ton Coast Guard licensed Captain who feels at home on the sea, having sailed, cruised and lived full time abaord sailboats since 1999.

Sailing and cruising through the Bahama Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Honduras Bay Islands, San Blas Islands Panama, Columbia, including 15 Panama Canal transits, Las Perlas Islands, Pacific coast Panama, Ecuador, Cruised the  Tuira River visiting the Embera Indians in the Darien Jungle of Panama, Galapagos Islands, 3 South Pacific crossings to the Tuamutos, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Kingdom of Tonga to the Fiji Islands which is where he met Julie in 2007. 

Info@247sailing.net

REFERENCES

Our wonderful experiences with Captain Louis and Jules.

#Louis and Jules  assisted with our first voyage on our Lagoon 560 ‘Aristos” now Sailaway VII from Santa Marta, Columbia to Cayman Island, approximately 750 nm This was a non stop run with some strong conditions 5 days and was enjoyable and successful. We found Louis and Jules very capable and safe sailors, relaxed, fun and easy company, including time spent with our kids who were aged 11 and 10 who also remember them both fondly. 

#Johanna and I have known Jules and Louis since 2009 when we met them when sailing the San Blas Islands, Panama.  Our initial introduction occurred when Louis was thoughtful enough to dinghy out to the far reaches of an anchorage to let us know that the cruisers were gathering on the beach that evening. Shortly thereafter, he offered their catamaran as a watering station for us. We filled up our water tanks on their good graces with problems stemming from our malfunctioning water maker. We were fortunate to be able to get to know Louis and Jules well over the course of the next year, meeting them in successive ports across the Pacific. Louis has an extensive sailing background and is a very experienced sailor. Similarly, Jules is a very capable first mate who sailed with me on my boat to Fiji from New Zealand. An exceptional hostess and cook, Jules also ran the food and service side of their chartering business. We would happily sail with Louis and Jules and Johanna and I endorse them 100% as capable and knowledgeable sailors, and simply good people. They always maintain their boat in top-notch fashion and would be capable of captaining, instructing and maintaining a yacht anywhere in the world. 

#Capt. Louis and Jules are the only delivery yacht captains I will ever use.  Period.  After disappointments with other delivery captains and crew, Capt. Louis and Jules distinguished themselves in several ways: They are honest and trustworthy. They are excellent sailors in all conditions. They are dependable. They are friendly. They treated my yacht with care, made necessary repairs at sea and provided a thorough report upon delivery.  

#My name is David Staub, owner of a Catana 521 catamaran. I meet Louis and Jules in Panama during a delivery job they were doing and going through the canal. I was looking to hire a captain to help me learn the fundamentals of boat systems, maintenance, offshore sailing skills, navigation and boat handling and docking of a large catamaran. After interviewing several captains and checking out references Louis and Julies were my first choice due to their extensive experience and great personalities were very important to me.

I first hired Louis and Julies for a 2,240nm offshore delivery from Panama to Florida. This voyage took around 18 days with several ports of calls along the way. During the trip we had equipment failure, low front storms in the gulfstream with over 40 knots of wind. I learnt offshore boat passage preparation and pre departure maintenance, weather and route planning, crew safety and operation protocols along with critical skills in reefing in dangerous squalls, dealing with issues and equipment malfunctions. Jules provided extensive logistics knowledge of provisioning, domestic boat operations, offshore medical equipment necessary together with hands on experience of sailing accidents, infections and general wellbeing of the crew. I learnt tips and tricks of setting up your boat for extensive off shore cruising including management of inventory of parts and maintenance supplies, tools and emergency repair kits. Dealing with technical issues, repairs and breakdowns whilst offshore was of great value. The list goes on & on.

But, more important, having Captain Louis and Jules take control of my boat gave me the ability to relax, not having any stress and anxiety, knowing that someone had my back. I was able to enjoy myself and learn and take in, at that time, the very overwhelming amount of information about cruising and sailing offshore, to be able process and learn by hands on. Due to occasional seasickness, fatigue, stress, anxiety and constant motion being offshore takes a toll on your body and mind. Having Louis and Julies in control allowed me to focus on having a good time and learn by trial and error. Their support was invaluable.

After hiring them for a second time we cruised three months offshore through the Bahamas and many other Caribbean ports learning anchoring skills in some of the most challenging tidal currents and dealing with lots of boats and weather dramas. I could have lost my boat in a few situations and almost did and it was First Mate Jules who saved my boat from going on the reef due to my poor judgement as the Captain at the wheel and total reliance on charts at the time.  Her eyeball navigation and commitment to safety through a very tricky reef in the Bahamas getting to a mooring spot saved the day.

The memories, adventures and friendship during my time with Louis and Jules were priceless and the best investment to build confidence, gain the necessary skills and earn my captain’s hat.

 

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Testimonials


Kind words from our sailing adventurers.

Testimonials


Kind words from our sailing adventurers.

January 2019

We first met Louis and Jules Honeycutt with a wave, a hello, and an invitation to their boat in the San Blas Islands, Panama.   True to form off the sailing community they became instant dear friends.

We have spent many happy times with them and enjoy their pleasant and easy going personalities.    Jules cooks an amazing dinner and they are very generous with everything they do.

They have done many years of chartering their lovely Irwin 54 named Freya. I would guarantee all their guests leave with great knowledge, confidence in purchasing their own dream and very happy memories.

Louis’s experience as a Captain means he will teach every aspect of sailing and safety with great knowledge and patience.   He is a very astute sailor and we would sail anywhere with the two of them. Jules is the perfect partner as they both bounce of each other doing what is required at every instance. They are both capable of handling every situation that arises with boats and sailing - and believe me it happens.   We have seen them in very trying situations but never once thought of giving up – they just get on with the job.   Louis can certainly handle a boat and we have watched many a time him coming in single handed into a Marina. We have watched them sail out of an anchorage and waited for them to arrive whilst sailing from Panama across the Pacific in 2018. Louis has had many yachts and both love the ocean and sailing.  Louis has a wealth of knowledge about boats and sailing and we couldn’t recommend them both more highly for a family that need to learn from them. They are wonderful people and anyone that is able to have them on board for knowledge, safety and a wonderful friendship they would be an asset on board any yacht.

Best of Luck with your adventure.

John and Frances Garner S/Y   Kia Ora  

January 2019

Carina Hammarlund, the Captain of SV Ultimo, a Swedish registered Amel 54, since 2015.

During our passage of the Pacific Ocean this year, 2017, I have had the pleasure of sailing in company with SV Freya and Captain Louis Honeycutt with his first mate Julie Routledge.

Captain Louis is a well recommended and very experienced captain with more than 20 year of ocean sailing experience. He is a 100-ton Coast Guard Licensed Captain with extensive knowledge from cruising the Caribbean, Colombia, Panama, Equador and he’s made four Pacific Ocean passages. He is a thorough Captain and pays attention to weather forecasting, rout planning and to the needs of his guests and crew. He also keeps the boat ship shape and are paying attention to any need of maintenance.

Julie Routledge holds a 200 ton First Mate MYA License. Julie is one of the best chefs we met on any yacht. She combines her love for local produce with experience from international cooking. Her galley is highly appreciated as well as her ability on serving healthy, tasty, exiting meals from around the world. Julie is also an experienced sailor with great knowledge of navigation as well as boat maintenance.

Together they are a very good team, experienced, warmhearted and lots of fun. I would trust them with my boat any day at any circumstances.

Did I mention the kids love them – “Capt’n Louis & Nanny Turtle” For further references please feel free to contact me,

January 31, 2019
I have known Louis personally since 2001, and known Jules since Louis met her in, I believe, 2007. I have sailed with Louis many times myself, taking my first passage making trip as crew with him serving as Captain. I am now myself a seasoned cruiser and licensed captain. My path included attending a professional seamanship school, and I can tell you I learned far more from Louis, and continue to learn from him every time we are together aboard a boat. I have never even known Louis to live on land, and his breadth and depth of experience is unmatched. There will be challenging days, as is inherent in sailing, and a steady and experienced captain to instruct while keeping you and your family safe is invaluable.

Moreover, Louis and Jules are a delight, trustworthy and responsible. I have no doubt that even long after your voyage you will remain friends with both of them, as I have.

Sincerely,
Clyde E. Murphree

November 2017 from Ana, Rodrigo and Marina in Brazil

We had an extraordinary experience with Louis and Jules on Freya. San Blas is beautiful, it is great scenery, but most of all they are wonderful hosts, lots of experience, rich life, interesting histories and great heart. They’ve spoiled us. The food is superb!!! Jules cooking is delicious, creative, very fresh and healthy.

They were always ready to make our stay as enjoyable as possible, meaning it staying in the beach as long as we wished, put a hammock so we can relax and see the full moon, even making it possible to give a last jump in the ocean just before leaving. It was something that enchanted us so much that we’re definitely planning to stay with them again. We left with the feeling that we had known them for a long time.

We already miss them!

 November 2017 from Jack and Mari-Carmen

We arrived at Freya to Captain Louis’ firm handshake welcoming us aboard and Jules hug immediately giving us the impression that we were joining friends. This impression only grew stronger throughout our visit and we plan to remain friends long after our departure three days later.  Upon boarding, we were quickly settled and given an orientation to yacht living on this free roaming vessel, which is even bigger inside than it appears from the outside with spacious cabins, comfortable dining room, good facilities and three of the most-rare attributes of any accommodations in the San Blas Islands.  Captain Louis and the Freya have (1) Air Conditioning, Fresh Water Generation and real sea captain qualifications that keep you safe in the event of a real-world emergency.  Louis holds his 100-ton vessel license and is a U.S. Navy veteran, while Jules is also high qualified as a mariner and great chef.  Both are excellent chefs as were treated to lobster, fresh Kuna bread and an abundance of meals and snacks throughout our visit.

While on Freya, we snorkeled over the reefs with the gear Freya provided, while being personally guided by Louis swimming beside us towing the dingy in case we grew tired.  We picnicked with other families anchored nearby with the understanding that Freya is part of an international community of sailing peoples.  Our time aboard Freya offered us access to this community of spirited adventurers.  We likewise enjoyed the extremely rare opportunity to meet and share time with the local native Kuna families that Louis and Jules call friends.  It was fascinating to understand their customs and culture first hand, which very few other services offer in an authentic manner.  We purchased their native, hand made products as gifts for our families and were allowed to visit their homes on a nearby island.  

Captain Louis and Jules work tirelessly as a team to produce a free ranging experience, which you for want of nothing between a cold beer, rum drink, delicious food and good conversation with new friends.  In between, you are shuttled with Freya’s dingy by Louis to nearby beaches, snorkeling, swimming off the boat or laying under the stars in a hammock with the warm Caribbean breeze and moonlight as a constant companion.  If I sound overly romantic in this review, it’s because we achieved more rest, recovery and renewal in three days on Freya than a week at an all services beach resort.  Truth.  There is something about sleeping on a big sailboat that gave us rest like nothing I have experienced. elsewhere.

Friends, consider Captain Louis, Jules and Freya for your San Blas get away.  The well-executed logistics support plan, professionalism, attention to detail, ambiance, spacious lodging, first class meals, safety, air conditioning, fresh water generation and overall experience in the company of new friends will leave you with an unforgettable San Blas experience for your hard-earned dollars.    

August 5th-12th 2017                                            Fantastic Journey by Susan  

We took a seven day (once in a lifetime) journey with Jules and Louis through the San Blas Islands, Panama in August 2017. Everything was perfect from the moment we stepped foot aboard the Freya.  She is a beautiful sailboat and was clean, comfortable, and safe. Jules and Louis are wonderful hosts that have decades of experience and knowledge to share.  Our days were spent snorkeling, swimming, eating, drinking, resting, exploring, playing cards, meeting new people from around the world, and most importantly enjoying the natural beauty of the San Blas Islands. Jules is a fantastic cook with a special touch for preparing healthy and delicious foods that were fresh and local.  The mid-day banana smoothies were delicious! Louis is ALWAYS a calm, cool, and collected captain.  He made sailing look easy even though it is anything but easy or simple. We were in excellent hands with Louis and Jules!  We sailed to different areas of the San Blas Islands and had the unique experience of interacting with and learning more about the Guna Indians. Each island had one or more families of Gunas residing on it and each family was unique and fascinating. The Gunas were very familiar with Jules and Louis and therefore, also visited us aboard Freya. Louis and Jules were gracious in sharing their knowledge of local snorkeling areas on reefs.  The sights were unforgettable.  We snorkeled and swam in areas that were pristine and isolated.  What a gift to have this experience.  Our short week with Jules and Louis on the Freya will last a lifetime in our memories. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Nichole and Susan

 

February-March 2017 from Darlene

I joined SV Freya as a cook for five weeks to learn about what it takes to run and sail a yacht and to experience the world of cruising. Captain Louis was very respectful, helpful and a great teacher allowing me to navigate my way through all the facets of sailing a 52 ft Ketch rig yacht. SV Freya is a very well laid out, comfortable and extremely clean. My duties included cooking and the galley provided more than adequate equipment and space to perform my culinary delights. We sailed to all the islands in Honduras Bay Islands meeting locals and other cruisers. I would be very happy to join Freya again. 

March 2016 from Adele
Five stars for this yacht and her captain! If you get the chance to hop aboard this boat, do not let it pass by. I had the pleasure of spending 4 weeks aboard this beautiful yacht, island hopping through four countries down the eastern coast of Central America. From day one, I felt safe, comfortable and extremely fortunate for the opportunity. This was my first experience sailing on someone else’s boat and Louis welcomed me with open arms, shared his vast knowledge of sailing, great stories and how to kick ass and take names at the card table. A generous, friendly and respectful guy, Captain taught with patience and showed us what the cruising life is all about. He has friends everywhere he goes, takes exceptional care of his boat and knows how to catch a fish. I saw a part of the world I never imagined existed, ate extremely well every day and collected a couple good stories myself. The only bad part about the trip was having to say goodbye so I hope we reunite one day.

June 2016 from Vanessa and Michael

My husband and I spent two memorable weeks aboard the boat with Captain Louis and his First Mate Jules. From the moment we arrived, we felt comfortable, welcomed and in good hands considering this was our first ocean sailing experience. When stepping aboard, we were quickly impressed with the maintenance of the boat, the comfort of the cabins and how tidy and organized everything was.

The primary goal of the trip was to improve our sailing skills and to experience the cruising lifestyle. We really felt that Louis was able to offer this experience to us and more. Louis is an experienced Captain and is extremely knowledgable when it comes to sailing. We had a few days of rough weather, high seas and squalls and he always remained calm and confident regardless of what challenges came our way. He provided many opportunities for us to build on our sailing skills by quickly allowing us to be on the helm, work with sails, navigate with the GPS, anchor and perform other sailing tasks. His First Mate Jules, is also an experienced sailor and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience about handling the boat. In addition to sailing, Jules taught us a lot about provisioning and cooking fantastic fresh meals while living aboard a sailboat.


25 June 2016 from Trish
From the moment we arrived to our reluctant departure, my husband and I felt welcome and completely at home aboard Louis’s yacht. She is a beautiful boat, clean, and well maintained inside and out. Our berth was very comfortable (and air conditioned!) with it’s own head.

We are somewhat new to sailing but Louis treated us as competent and trustworthy crew. He enabled us to fully participate in all operations on the boat and to develop confidence in our skills. Louis is such an amazing guy and a wonderful, skilled captain — never hurried or getting rattled, he handled everything with equanimity. Jules was not only a competent first mate but a good teacher and a wonderful chef. We had a lesson in how to live aboard with healthy food and a varied diet and in the 3 weeks we were aboard we had some of the best meals I’ve had all year.

I hope Jeff and I have another opportunity to join Louis and Jules on their journey and we look forward to keeping in touch with our new friends.

 

19 March 2016 from Joel
Louis showed us a great time in Mexico and Bay of Islands, Honduras. Went out of his way to cruise the best sites for snorkeling and local culture. Not only an accomplished cook and host, but also a highly experienced captain with the crew and boat’s safety (and comfort) a priority. Easy and fun to ‘hang out’ with, and a great time had by all……highly recommended!
Joel & Robin, Seattle

 

21 April 2016 from Roberta
I first met Louis in Honduras in 2003, when we were both sailing our own boats. He helped me numerous times on short deliveries and fixing the millions of things that can go wrong on a boat, and then he sailed off to the Pacific. the next time I sailed with Louis was in Fiji, where we spent 3 months cruising the island chain and onward to Vanuatu, and eventually Australia.
That trip led to many other sail adventures with Louis and with Jules, on three different boats and as many different areas of the world. I can say without reservation that I trust my life on board any sailboat with Louis. His skills as a captain, his instincts to realize an issue and deal with it in time, and the quality of his boat and gear is all one can ask for. He has a great fun personality, and that is just louis! Jules is an extraordinary chef, great sailor, and, neither of them get sea sick ever!
I know I will be back on board with them again and again, and I recommend to anyone that can get some time sailing with them to go for it!