18 YEARS OF ADVENTURE, SAILING AND COLLECTING ART
FIREBIRD, OUR 84' PALMER JOHNSON KETCH
COMPADRE, OUR 55' CUTTER RIGGED SLOOP
THE SECOND CHAPTER OF OUR VOYAGING
100,000 MILES OF CRUISING IN SOME OF THE REMOTEST ISLANDS OF THE WORLD
Jim and Vicki Punter
Jim and Vicki lived in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands from the 60’s through the 90’s, and were in the hotel, restaurant and yacht charter business.
Dylan grew up in South Africa where all his activities involved the ocean.
In 2000, we (Jim and Vicki) sold Phantom, our 72’ Burger motor yacht, and bought Firebird, an 84’ Palmer Johnson Ketch. After two years of refit, it was time to leave the Caribbean. In 2002, Dylan joined us to begin a voyage to places unknown, with no plan to return any time soon. Dylan became family and a partner in Havaiki Gallery.
We departed for the San Blas Islands of Panama, then transited the Panama Canal. Over the next five years we slowly cruised through Costa Rica, the Galapagos, the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, the Society Islands, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Papua, and a good part of Indonesia to Bali. We then returned through Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to Sydney, Australia.
We sold Firebird in Australia and in 2009 purchased Compadre, a 55’ sloop in California. We departed for the Marquesas, cruising through the same area as Firebird, spending several years in the 900-island archipelago of the Solomon Islands, while continuing to collect art.
In the small villages, untouched by the Western world, we helped the villagers in any way we could, with medical problems, food, schoolbooks, pencil and paper for the children, fixing anything broken, etc.
Meanwhile, our gallery, Havaiki Oceanic and Tribal Art was born, and growing!