Comments from individuals and couples that have joined Oh! to experience cruising on a catamaran, making passages, or crossing oceans.
I can’t thank Oh! and crew enough for a transformational sailing experience that began in mid-2018.
I spent a month on Oh!: sailing up the eastern seaboard and across to Bermuda… learning first-hand what it’s like to be a live-aboard sailor.
I began the the trip as an enthusiastic novice: green both in skills and in the gills. I left Oh! four weeks later, still a novice sailor, but with a few hard skills, well-founded confidence and determination. Thanks to my “Oh! experience” and Rod’s boundless encouragement and patience, I knew I made the right decision to cast off and set sail on my own boat… a dream 40 years deferred.
Two months later, I left France on my own 42′ catamaran for an incredible, ongoing bluewater experience (so far, with almost 12,000nm at the helm, I’m still sailing and adding to what I learned on Oh!).
In that first month on Oh!, I also gained a mentor, (who remains a close and reliable friend), and countless memories. It’s always a treat to rendezvous with Oh! (in the past 24 months, that includes the Canaries, Bahamas, and various anchorages up the Chesapeake as far as Baltimore).
I can’t believe my good fortune for the time and benefits from sailing on Oh! Do yourself a favor, join Oh! and build some memories too. And be sure to say hello to me when you sail across my path.
Captain Theo s/v Stet
T.R. Vancouver, B.C., (sailing Charleston, NC to Bermuda)
Captain Rod and SV Oh!
In the early Spring of 2019 our family had a truly incredible experience with Captain Rod aboard his good ship, Oh!, exploring the British Virgin Islands. Captain Rod greeted us at the Beef Island Airport in Rhode Town and helped us carry our luggage to his tender which was waiting at the nearby dock. Our children, who were 9 and 10 at the time, were each treated to their own cabin as were my husband and I, and Captain Rod had fresh banana bread ready for us to munch on before we retired to our cabins for our first night on board Oh!.
The next morning our adventure began as we discussed our plan for the cruise and lifted the anchor to head to Spanish Town for provisioning. Captain Rod paid for the provisioning of the boat and ensured that we all had plenty of what we wanted, including our kids. Once back at Oh! we settled into a comfortable rhythm and everyone felt relaxed and at ease with the arrangement.
Over the next five days my husband and Rod spent many hours discussing the pros and and cons of the many catamarans on the market and Rod soon learned that we were eager to discover as much as possible about the cruising lifestyle as we had plans to embark on a year long excursion a few years down the road. He attempted to connect us with another cruising family he had recently acquainted, and he introduced us to a broker that he knew from the local community.
However, it was not all business on our adventure, Rod was like an indulgent (and very fit) grandfather, leading our family on multiple snorkeling tours and a land journey to explore The Baths. He always had his camera in hand and took ample snapshots of our family creating priceless memories. At the end of each day he air dropped the photos to our phones, ensuring that we didn’t miss out on getting “that perfect shot”, and allowing us to focus on just being in the moment.
We didn’t want that moment to end…but alas, all good things must come to an end, but not before we made plans for another rendezvous with Captain Rod and Oh! We discussed connecting with him when he was back in Canada and happily that moment arrived a short three months later.
We were all set to join Captain Rod and Oh! again this past spring in The Bahamas, but sadly 24 hours before our flight was to leave, Covid 19 hit the world hard and the Canadian government warned against non-essential travel and the possibility of our borders shutting down. We were shocked and dismayed to find ourselves having to determine the best course of action. Throughout the next 24 hours Rod was open, available, and honest in his discussions with us. He understood our concerns and supported us through this difficult time, even though he too was facing an uncertain future. When we finally made the hard decision to postpone the trip, Captain Rod was a true gentleman, refunding us the entire amount we had paid him for our two week cruise, and ensuring us that we would be welcome again to rejoin him once the winds changed.
D. Andersen, Victoria, B.C. Canada (Sailing the BVI’s)
I had a fabulous time. Best sailing experience ever!
Simply put, our 16 day sailing trip aboard Oh! was a classic sailing experience and I loved every minute of it! Rod was very patient, passionate and skillful with sailing Oh!.
He was also very knowledgeable about the rules and regulations of customs going into various islands which made our journey seamless and stress free. From planning our daily destinations to finding the best places to anchor and explore, to hiking up to the rim of an inactive volcano, each day and night was unique and more than I could have ever imagined. Our experiences, snorkeling, amazing sunsets/sunrises and who could forget the giant palette of color the full sky rainbows produced after a heavenly tropical rain, they were truly breathtaking. Night sailing brings its own rewards from a warm Caribbean air stillness with a star filled sky and full moon lit sea to the glow of the many flying fish racing along the boat, a first time unimaginable experience I will never forget. Great crew, great boat, great stories, delicious meals and a lot of memories, thank you!! I would totally trust Captain Rod to sail us anywhere as he is a master!!!
70% of the world is covered by water: take the plunge and join Rod on an unforgettable sailing experience.
M.H., Calgary, Canada (sailing St. Martin to Martinique)
We had the most remarkable sailing passage with Rod on Oh!
Not only was everything perfect, but we felt in every instance , that we were safe and that Rod knew exactly what was needed to skipper the boat and make the trip truly memorable. For some one who has only heard stories from others or read about doing an offshore passage, this was definitely the most eye-opening, adventurous, and stunning journey of my life – something I will remember, draw upon and cherish for many years to come. I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of the trip: from touring around St. George’s and Hamilton on Bermuda, to being out on the open ocean at night and watching the bazillions of stars to walks along beautiful beaches and swimming in warm Caribbean waters, from ever changing meals offered on board Oh! (Including freshly caught Mahi-mahi), to culinary experiences on shore; every new activity offered new experiences. I would definitely go back for another sailing adventure with Rod on a Oh!
P.C. Calgary, Canada (passage from Bermuda to St. Martin)
I would not hesitate to fully recommend Rod to anyone wanting to experience the cruising lifestyle, build upon their own sailing experience level, or simply have a nice holiday…
March 3, 2020
To whom it may concern,
It is my pleasure to provide the below reference for Rod Morris and his Sailing Vessel Oh!
My wife and I joined Rod and Oh! in the BVI’s for a two week period this past February. We have been working towards building our sailing days and experience to complete our Bareboat Charter Master certification. The opportunity with Rod was perfectly aligned with this goal as well as providing a fantastic holiday experience in a great sailing location. Rod is clearly a competent sailor and was a wonder host in all regards during our time with him. Rod gets top marks for the provisioning of the boat, his knowledge of the area, his patients in working with us as new sailors, and all-around good guy to hang out with. Safety is obviously an important consideration of Rod’s and at no time during our voyage did we have any concerns. Although Rod emphasized he is not a Sailing Instructor, we picked up on a number of tips from him that will assist us going forward on building our own proficiency as sailors.
I would not hesitate to fully recommend Rod to anyone wanting to experience the cruising lifestyle, build upon their own sailing experience level, or simply have a nice holiday in whatever exotic location Rod and Oh! happen to be at the time.
David Tung, Vernon, BC
Cruising the BVI and USVI
“one of the most informative, pleasant and valuable experiences of our lives“
Rod Morris is much more than a highly competent sailing captain. Of course there was never a moment during our journey that we did not feel completely safe while sailing under Rod’s command. Rod went to extraordinary effort to expose us to new experiences on the vast aquatic playground whether employing his broad sailing experience or his gifted athletic abilities in ocean sports. Rod made the experience safe and memorable always.
Rod’s experience as a professional geologist, also provides that your sailing experience will be much more than pleasant, entertaining or relaxing – but also a rich learning experience. Becoming more educated on the subject of our planet’s development, learning of its majestic formations while celebrating its magnificence from the secure platform of Oh!, was truly one of the most informative, pleasant and valuable experiences of our lives.
H&V W. Calgary, AB. (sailing Bahamas)