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Island Time

Adventures of a Traditional Wooden Sailboat in Belize

This compelling memoir follows the author’s journey as he and his wife, Laquita, sample retirement, build a traditional wooden sailboat, and enjoy amazing sailing adventures—and misadventures—along the beautiful endangered reefs and cayes of Belize.

Along the way, Bill and Laquita learn to navigate the “island time” culture, experience living off-the-grid, work alongside a master boat builder, and explore the waters and local treasures of this incredible sailing paradise.

Bill’s chronicle highlights two endangered treasures: the art and craft of constructing traditional wooden boats, and the pleasure of exploring healthy coral reefs. Ultimately, this personal, engaging narrative aims to capture readers’ hearts and generate further interest in saving these irreplaceable resources before it’s too late.

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Pontchartrain Yacht Club

1:00-4:00PM 1/26/19
123 Main St. Mandeville, LA

Bill Phillips, member of PYC and a Corinthian sailor, tells his tale of building a traditional wooden sailboat in Belize that launches amazing sailing adventures and misadventures.

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About the Author

A six-month cruise in the Bahamas convinced Bill Phillips, the owner of a successful management consulting firm, to trade in the corporate world for early retirement in Belize, where he spent more than five years visiting and exploring the reefs and waters on a traditional wooden sailboat with his wife, Laquita. Eventually Bill and Laquita returned to the United States, where he completed this book about their adventures in Belize. When he is not writing or dreaming of his next big adventure, Bill can be found sailing the Gulf Coast and racing on Lake Pontchartrain.