My name is American McGee and I'm an American game designer and entrepreneur living in Shanghai, China. I've been making video games 20+ years and these days I'm focused on running the game development studio I built in Shanghai, Spicy Horse Games. I've been dreaming of sailing since I was a kid - but being in Shanghai means opportunities for sailing are limited to dinghies on local lakes. Over the years I've read about sailing, studied sailing, and taken courses, earned sailing certificates, but never owned or spent serious time living aboard a sailboat of my own. On September 20th, 2013 I completed the purchase of my first sailboat, a Tosca 36, which I've re-named "Synchronicity."
The Tosca 36' is built in South Africa. My boat was built in 1986 and has enjoyed a life of sailing around the world. The blog maintained by the previous owner can be found HERE - and contains a wealth of information about the boat and its history.
I decided this was the boat for me because it was the most practical and no-nonsense boat I saw in all my shopping around. It has a large, secure center-cockpit, with plenty of room to move around and work on deck. Inside it's able to sleep 4 people comfortably. The engine, which sits under the cockpit, has incredible access from both sides - and can be "easily" lifted straight out of the boat by removing the cockpit floor. The previous owner took great care of the boat, maintained meticulous records of his maintenance and improvements, and rigged everything for easy single-handed sailing. All together, these were the things that made me feel comfortable about making this my first boat. I plan to keep the boat in a similar state - and have no desire to add unnecessary upgrades, electronics or other stuff that can break and cause frustration.
Synchronicity lives at a marina on Phuket while I work in Shanghai. I've been fortunate to visit for extended sailing trips every couple of months since my business does an OK job of running itself while I'm away. Over a typical ~5 day sailing trip I can get as far south as the Phi Phi Islands - and there are dozens of other islands and anchorages to explore along the way.