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Cruising with Bettie

PURCHASE Cruising with Bettie
L.A. to the Bahamas
Get a real taste of the cruising lifestyle


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Sadly, Robert Steadman past away in late 2010.
Bob's family and friends scattered his ashes
in his beloved Pacific Ocean.
Fair Winds and Following Seas

"Bettie" is cruising again!
Follow their blog, "Bettie del Mar"

"Bettie" sailing off Honduras

"Bettie" has been sold to a young couple
cruising couple. Sail along with them as "Bettie" continues
to explore the oceans of the world.

Review by Karen Larson
Good Old Boat Magazine

Bettie Bits
Bob Steadman was a highly acclaimed Hollywood cinematographer. He recently served as technical consultant to the Director of Photography on the feature, Body of Lies directed by Ridley Scott and starring Leonardo de Caprio and Russell Crowe. Check out Bob Steadman's screen credits on the Internet Movie Database.

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L.A. to the Bahamas

A Video by
Bob Steadman
Kaye Nottbusch

Bob & Kaye with "Bettie" in backgroundJoin Bob and Kaye aboard their 36 foot sloop, "Bettie" as they cruise from Los Angeles to the Bahamas via the Panama Canal on the first leg of their sailing adventure.

The Boat

"Bettie" is based on a Cascade 36 hull. It was custom molded for Bob by Yacht Constructors in Portland Oregon back in 1978.

"Bettie" motors up river in PanamaFour years and lots and lots of man hours later Bob splashed her. "Bettie" has a raised freeboard that allows for a flush deck design.

The Video

This is a fast-paced documentary with gorgeous photography that will give you a first hand look at the cruising lifestyle.

Panama Canal: last lock before the CaribbeanOver 10,000 miles have passed under Bettie’s keel since Bob and Kaye left Los Angeles in 2004. They sailed down the west coast to Panama, through the Canal, east to Cartagena, Columbia then north to Honduras and east across the Caribbean to the Bahamas. That's the focus of this video.

Back South

Moored off the New York Yacht ClubNext, they cruised north along the eastern U.S. seaboard to Boston. The geese were flying south by October beckoning them back to warmer climes, so they headed south to Guatemala and Honduras .

Back South

Bettie in the Rio Dulce, GuatemalaRefit After refitting and some time back in L.A., Bob and Kaye returned to the Caribbean. After cruising the U.S. East Coast once more then returning to Central America for a couple of winters, Bob and Kaye put "Bettie" up for sale. They now reside in Portland, OR aboard a new vessel.


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