In 1976 Kurt and Madison, a young couple from Hermosa Beach, California signed-up with Kurt’s brother Larry and his friend Marcos for an all-inclusive five week cruise to Jamaica for the unheard of price of $500 per person. They had no idea what the cruise would turn out to be.

‘Five Weeks to Jamaica’ is much more than a rollicking, sea-going novel. It is a glimpse into the fickle and unpredictable drama of the sea, the sometimes odd dynamics between man and woman, and the wonder and allure of the tropics.

Along with thirty other passengers, the four adventurers set-off aboard the 147ft ‘luxury yacht’ Explorer on a cruise from San Diego to Jamaica, and beyond. Share with them the adventures, the excitement, and the sexual interactions that you might expect aboard a boat where the unexpected is the norm, rather than the oddity.

This is a fascinating story of wanderlust, personal discovery, danger, and unique encounters with both Mother Nature and human nature. Packed with excitement, drama, danger and romantic interactions, it’s a great book to take to the beach, read by the pool, or devour under the glow of the bedroom lamp.



Catalina Island-the name conjures images of a pristine tropical island. Located twenty-six miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is known as the "island of romance" for good reason. A popular destination for boaters, fishermen, and tourists, it's a recreational mecca at sea-a place where people come to escape from the reality of urban life. Boasting 86,000 square miles of unspoiled and undeveloped natural beauty, Catalina is an island paradise with wild animals, surrounded by an ocean teeming with fish.

For thirty-two years, Charles Douglas "Doug" Oudin lived a fantasy life on this secluded oasis. As the former harbormaster, he saw it all-harrowing storms, dramatic ocean rescues, traumatic accidents, and the tragic death of actress Natalie Wood. Encounters with sharks, buffalo, wild boar, and even a "sea serpent" are just a few of the strange and unique experiences he had while living on the island. Now, in this memoir, he shares his story.

​For those who know and love Catalina-and those who have always wanted to visit-Between Two Harbors reveals a glimpse of what life on the island is really like.


author:  Between two harbors  &  five weeks to jamaica

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