About Sindbads Captain

My name is Douglas Hazelton and I have been the proud owner and Captain of MSV Sindbad for the last 21 years. I was born in 1943, grew up in Canada on Lake Ontario and started sailing when I was 8 years old. I hated school but loved sailing with a passion and vowed that I would own my own boat some day.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then! From the freezing Canadian Arctic where I was working in 1967, I applied for a crew position on an old gaff rigged ketch called Maverick that was chartering in the Virgin Island at the time. I will never forget the day I received the captain's reply, which said, "Come on down kid, room and board and a dollar a day"! I never looked back!
I worked on many other classic yachts over the years, and gained endless experience living on the sea, sailing to the Galapagos Islands as the first mate on an old brigantine and working as captain aboard the famous old schooner, Mistress, which is still going strong today. One day a friend and I heard that a bank in Tortola had seized a large gaff rigged ketch called the "Black Swan". We offered a sealed bid, which, to our utter amazement was accepted and this beautiful old girl was ours! I might say it was no small undertaking! The Black Swan was built in 1927, 97' on deck, 240 tons, she drew 12'6" and was built of solid teak! She was enormous. We were penniless but over the moon! After shining her up, we day-sailed the ship in St Martin in the early 70's.

I have owned five boats in my lifetime and have only lived on the sea for the last 44 years. I met the girl of my dreams in Anguilla! We married in 1983 on the island rock of Saba and have lived happily together ever since. Our son, Antares, was born aboard our last vessel during hurricane Kate, with the help of a terrified Surinamese midwife; and we sailed Azurra, our daughter, who was born in a hospital in Saint Martin, back to our boat before she was 24 hours old!

We purchased Sindbad in Denmark in 1991. She was an old 88' coaster 150 tons, built in 1930 in Holland, which needed a lot of work, but she had lots of space, and that is the prime requisite if you plan to live, travel and bring up a family on the sea. Once we completed the renovations we ran a very romantic and successful dinner cruise here in Saint Martin for four years, built up a cruising kitty and then set off for the Panama Canal, Tahiti and beyond. The children were 6 and 11 years old and for the next 10 years as we circumnavigated, my wife schooled them aboard. We lived in many places for extended periods of time - Morea, Fiji, New Caledonia, Thailand, Franceā€¦ a truly a marvelous adventure!

Sindbad is raring to go! So we are off once again and hope that this time, you will join us !!