On a trip to the Channel Islands a few months ago, a group of friends from Santa Barbara hatched an idea to scratch their traveling itch: Buy a boat, fix it up, and set out to sea. “Big picture, what we’re doing is living out our dreams, but we want to set an example and lend a hand in the remote areas we’re headed to along the way,” said Ryan Smith ( pictured above ) while preparing abalone stew in the ship’s galley. The 42-foot trimaran Aldebaran, meaning “eye of the bull,” is the faithful steed that will carry the crew during their odyssey to protected and remote areas throughout the Pacific.
Scene in S.B.: Setting Sail
The Green Coconut Crew Journeys from Santa Barbara to Remote and Protected Areas