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That is awesome. We thoroughly enjoyed your Teleport videos and are looking forward to watching your new adventure unfold, even if it's sailing related. Perhaps we'll even make it to Christmas Island one day! Best of luck to you both.
Chris & Jess's Reply (16th Nov 17)
Hi Sue, Thanks so much for your message! We hope to get back on the water soon but in the mean time building Swell Lodge on Chrismtas Island is enough of a challenge! We hope to welcome you to our island home one day! Cheerio,
North Atlantic 29 Post Mortem (Mark Laughlin - 10th Oct 17)
Congratulations on your new Christmas Island venture.
Looking back on your time aboard Teleport, what did you like about the North Atlantic 29? Dislike? In what ways will your next boat differ?
Chris & Jess's Reply (10th Oct 17)
Thanks so much for your message!!
We loved our NA29 - in an ideal world our next boat would just be a 40ft version of her made out of aluminium - we have already designed it in our head but it's just a little unpractical to make. I think for long distance cruising I (Jess) would like a little more creature comforts next time like hot shower, fridge, freezer and stove that works. I would also like bigger windows so we could see bears walking outside while having dinner and another cabin for guests if we had friends or family who wanted to join us. It'll also be nice to have an anchor winch, a better system for lifting the outboard on/off etc. There wasn't much we disliked about Teleport, if we had more time and money we could have made her more comfortable but now we'll look for these comforts in our next cursing boat. Once the lodge is finished :) Thanks again for your communication.
Your site... (Gregg Flynn - 10th Sep 17)
Thank you for producing such a wonderful site. Your adventures are an inspiration to millions. Wish you well on your future destinations. I will continue to enjoy travelling the world with you.
Fair Winds and Following Seas.
Go Green Go Sailing.........
Chris & Jess's Reply (11th Sep 17)
Hi Greagg, THanks so much for your lovely comment!! We really appreciate the time you took to view our website and send us a wonderful comment! We love sharing our stories with the wider community! So we are always happy when they are appreciated! Cheerio,
Hows the new project coming (Regie Endsley - 19th Aug 17)
I just finished rewatching of YT video. Hows the new product coming. Doe have a projected opening date. All the Best. I so miss y our videos.
Chris & Jess's Reply (20th Aug 17)
Thanks for your comment Regie! We don't have an opening date yet, hope that it'll be early next year!!! We'll keep everyone updated on the new Swell Lodge website. Thanks for watching our videos!
Your neighbours on Christmas Island (Tom - 5th Jul 17)
Hi Jess and Chris,
I follow your adventures since the beginning of the Teleport sailing. My congratulations with your new project ! But as I looked up Christmas Island on Google maps, I discovered that only a few hunderd meters away from the Swell Lodge there is a vast Detention Center. According to Wikepedia the situation of the refugees there is very difficult (overcrowding & riots...) How you are going to deal with this to assure the tranquility of your guests ? Cordially, Tom
Chris & Jess's Reply (5th Jul 17)
G'day Tom - good question! Firstly, the whole facility is slated to close at the end of this year, so that's great. It's not housed illegal immigrants for a long time now, and thankfully gone are the days when there were dozens of boatloads of asylum seekers turning up each month causing this centre that was designed to accommodate about 800 had many many thousands there, hence the riots etc. There are some people temporarily detained there at the moment, but they are not asylum seekers, just ppl who've had their regular visas revoked due to breaking the law I gather. Anyway, the centre is over a km away out of sight up and over the top of the island's plateau so there's no way you can hear it or even see it's lighting glow at night - I actually camped out in a hammock at the lodge site last night - pitch black. =) Actually, the waves breaking on the shore made it hard to even hear the birds. You'd never know it was there. =)
Dear Chris and Jes,
Thanks for the update and for your environmental conscientiousness. May you have similar success with insight and sensitivity in regard to employer/employer relations and participation in the life of the indigenous human community of Christmas Island.
Chris & Jess's Reply (2nd Jul 17)
Hi Byron. So great to hear from you!! Thanks so much for your good wishes!! Enjoy the Alaskan summer and keep in touch!
Good news, busy bees. Fantastic project on Christmas Island. Worth following and perhaps visiting, if still alive, when completed. Is Swell Lodge newsletter included here?
Chris & Jess's Reply (1st Jul 17)
Hi! Thanks so much for your message!! We would love to host you on Christmas Island. You'll need to visit the Swell Lodge website (www.SwellLodge.com) and sign up for the newsletter to be kept up to date. Cheerio,
Please keep me on the list for future communications.
Oh please keep me on your mailing list. Good on you, well done. I have been to Christmas Island as a tourist, it is indeed an amazing place. Your eco-lodge tempts me for a return visit.
I most definitely want to stay in touch! LOL.xxx
congrats (chris - 30th Jun 17)
Congratulations guys, can't wait for the next installment of the new adventure. x
I first bought the book and have been following you ever since. Being 86 I can only watch and listen to your exciting travels.
Great to hear from you both and fun to still be able to keep in touch with your new venture. Best wishes from us :) Nige and Margie.
I am so wanting to come and stay and meet you and the amazing Christmas Island - put me on your list for sure!
Chris & Jess's Reply (30th Jun 17)
We would love to welcome you to Christmas Island Antonia!
Arctic to tropical !
Have fun - I hope to visit you one day !
Chris & Jess's Reply (30th Jun 17)
We look forward to welcoming you to Island paradise Alan!
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