How do you run a growing, New York-based design studio from a small sailboat whilst circumnavigating the world? It's not easy. It would be impossible if it wasn't for the dedicated and talented team of partners, designers and vendors back in New York, and it would be a whole lot harder if it wasn't for the help of our sponsors. Our ship has sailed, but it’s not too late to become a sponsor. If you're interested, or would like to learn more about our unique sponsorship opportunities, send us an email at: sponsors@zeroXTE.com

To learn more about our current sponsors and the valuable services and equipment they have provided for our world circumnavigation, click on the logos above. Learn more about how we work at sea >

 






Cool Cruisers

We don't wear much on Dream Time, especially when we're in the tropics: boardshorts, bikinis and lavalavas are about as dressed-up as we like to get. But one item we do sport every day are our Maui Jim sunglasses. Their patented PolarizedPlus®2 lenses block 99.9% of the sun's glare, 100% of harmful UV rays, and deliver the richest colors and the highest contrast we've ever experienced. So no matter where we are we always see the world at its very best, and their wide selection of styles make us look pretty good, too! Mahalo Nui Loa Maui Jim!   Learn more >












It's the people we meet on our world voyage that often define the places we visit. Panasonic's Lumix Digital Cameras allow us to capture an emotion, an instance of vulnerability or a fleeting connection with a stranger - moments that we'll save, share and cherish for a lifetime. Thank you Panasonic! Every photo taken from Dream Time was captured with a Lumix. Visit our portraits gallery or  click here to learn more about Lumix >


i&D is proud to have the support of Panasonic Toughbook computers aboard Dream Time. Sailing around the world is challenging enough, you need the right gear to endure the conditions - the constant motion of the boat, the damp humid air, storms, breaking seas, the environment can be unforgiving and relentless. If there's a weakness in your equipment Mother Nature will exploit it. It's reassuring knowing our Panasonic Toughbook computers have been designed, engineered and tested to survive these extreme conditions. It's one less thing to worry about.  Learn more >

 

Click here to view our
in-flight print campaign
with Panasonic and our
published stories detailing
Dream Time's technology.

 

 




Our South Pacific Base Camp
Since 2009 Gulf Harbour Marina has been central to our cruising plans in the South Pacific, enabling us to relax, refit and prepare Dream Time for each season.
Gulf Harbour Marina's modern world-class facilities and complete yacht services makes it a convenient and attractive destination for international yachts. But also its location - ideally situated in the heart of the scenic Hauraki Gulf with hundreds of idyllic anchorages just a day sail away, fifteen nautical miles from Auckland, and resting on Whangaparaoa Peninsula, where local shops, restaurants, health clubs, beaches and nature trails, all within a five-mile radius, make it an enchanting combination - means international cruisers don't just berth here, but can enjoy all the benefits of one of the most idyllic locations New Zealand has to offer.

So whether you're crossing the Pacific for the first time and looking for a safe haven for cyclone season, need a world-class marina to make repairs, or simply want to enjoy one of the most appealing and convenient cruising regions in the country, Gulf Harbour Marina is a South Pacific destination that makes you want to keep coming back.

 

 

Gulf Harbour Marina's on-site facilities include:

Berths for vessels up to 55 meters with 4 meter drafts
Travel lifts for vessels up to 110 tons with 7.9 meter beam
A complete range of marine services, including:
           Boat Builders & Rigging
           World Class Yacht Painting
           Covers & Marine Upholstery
           Osmosis Solutions
           Marine Electronics & Chandlery
Competitive short & long-term berth rates
Yacht management care & routine inspection services

Learn more >





 

 

A Powerful Resource
We enjoy exploring the remote corners of the world, but to live off-the-grid for months, sometimes years at a time, it helps to have the right equipment. Our D400 wind generator, solar panels, Spectra watermaker and MasterVolt system all help us to live a comfortable life at sea, and thanks to the generous support of Enertec Marine, Dream Time has never been better equipped to unplug.

Specialists in marine electrical systems, power products and desalinators, Enertec, located in Auckland, New Zealand, are authorized to service, sell and install some of the most desired, proven and reliable brands in the marine industry.

So if you're crossing the Pacific and in need of a full upgrade, repairs, or some professional advice, Enertec's team of qualified technicians are ready to help you make all the right connections. Thank you Enertec Marine!

Visit the Enertec Marine website >






Our sail inventory was the most essential investment we made whilst preparing Dream Time for her world circumnavigation. Knowing that they would be expected to perform in some of the most demanding conditions imaginable, and carry us well over 20,000 nautical miles, North Sails combination of durable, high-performance sailcloth, hardware and skilled sailmaking skills provided us with a custom suit of sails that we know will go the distance.

North Sail continues to provide Dream Time with additional hardware and advice - ensuring that whether they're filled with the steady trades of the Caribbean or reefed to withstand the demanding conditions of high lattitudes, they'll be up for the task.

 





Whether we need to drop sail quickly just seconds before a squall, reef whilst running in a gale, or simply catch tradewinds for twenty eight days straight on a three-thousand nautical mile passage, our Tides Marine Track and Slide System gives us reliable performance and low-friction handling of our mainsail when we need it most.

Installation is easy, and machined from UHMW-PE the tracks durable UV stable construction, combined with the hand-polished 316 stainless slides, means our mainsail keeps running smoothly, whatever the conditions. Thank you Tides Marine for supplying us with such a great system, we wouldn't want to raise our mainsail without it!

 







The earlier you sight a remote marker, dangerous reef or identify the heading of a distant ship, the more time you'll have to react. Steiner binoculars are our eyes at sea, enabling us to see more and anticipate what's coming, before it arrives. The rugged construction, waterproof casing, precision manufacturing and advanced optics deliver an image that is clear and bright, enabling us to remain focused, whatever we're approaching. And as the innovators of the integrated compass, with Steiner, we know precisely where to look.

Steiner binoculars may not enable us to see the future, but they come very close - thank you Steiner.

 





What does a sailor need to stay in touch? Satellite phones, satellite airtime and satellite services: email, web, weather, and tracking. Oh, and long-range Wi-Fi and GSM boosters for when you’re near shore. GMN does it all, does it best, and serves sailors all over the world. GMN is best known for XGate satellite email service, which has expanded to include weather, web, social media and more. When you're working from a sailboat at sea, anchored in a harbor or tied-up in a remote corner of the world, email communication can never be taken for granted. Designed for satellite phones or for users who just need fast, efficient and reliable email while in remote locations, XGate is up to 15x faster than uncompressed internet based email systems. That saves me time, money and frustration - thank you GMN.

 





World cruising is full of surprises, usually that's what makes it so enjoyable. But the osmosis we discovered on Dream Time, after almost three years of cruising, was not a welcome one. Fortunately, however, we discovered our problem at Gulf Harbour Marina in New Zealand, home to Osmosis Solutions LTD - a company which developed an exclusive epoxy vinylester coating system, which luckily for us, has proven to be one of the most effective and superior osmosis solutions in the world.

Osmosis print article   Read our osmosis story
in Boating NZ Magazine >
 








Founded in 1952 and located just 20 nautical miles from the "City of Sails" Auckland, New Zealand, Brin Wilson Boat Builders has earned a distinguished reputation amongst local and international clients alike for their expertise, professionalism and workmanship in boat building
and repairs.

Whether repairing the famous Gypsy Moth IV's hull using multiple layers of African Mahogany and traditional construction techniques, building custom yachts from the keel up, or repairing and remodeling fiberglass yachts, Brin Wilson Boat Builders has the experience and facilities to handle any size project, including helping us prepare Dream Time for
the next leg of our circumnavigation.

 





Dream Time's largest restoration project in preparation for her circumnavigation was rebuilding her decks. Thanks to the exceptional services provided by Teakdecking Systems - from initial design, construction to final installation, Dream Time's teak planking has been fully restored and looks stunning. And thanks to the generous donation of Teakdecking Systems line of outstanding products, from biodegradable cleaners, caulking, sealers and epoxies, our teak decks will continue to stay in great shape as we sail around the world.

Teak deck print article   Read our teak decking story
in Cruising World Magazine >
 







For over seven years, Brewer Yacht Yards helped us ready Dream Time for her circumnavigation. From the top of her mast, to the bottom of her keel, there wasn't a system on the boat they didn't help us improve or replace.

Thank you Brewer Yacht Yards, and particularly to Mark, for your outstanding services and encouragement, without which, it's hard to imagine Dream Time would have ever been ready. And thank you for your continued support - it's reassuring knowing that what ever problems we encounter, where ever we may be, you'll be there to help us stay on course.

 

 








Not only did SeaSchool help us obtain our OUPV Captain's Licenses before we left New York, but they continue to support our travels by providing valuable navigational charts, guidance, support and even a parachute sea anchor - a gift we hope never needs to be unwrapped. With offices across the United States and the Caribbean, SeaSchool offers over 40 U.S.C.G. approved courses, over 28 years of experience and USCG Certified Instructors with extensive knowledge in commercial vessel operation and instruction.

A very special thank you to Frank Silvestro for your words of infinite wisdom, funny sea yarns but more importantly, your friendship. We look forward to you joining us on Dream Time.

 







To fully prepare Dream Time for extended off-shore cruising we're thankful for the support of SnookBight Yacht Club and Marina. Located in Fort Myers Beach Florida, SnookBight was the perfect location to tackle all of our last-minute projects before heading south into the Caribbean. Thanks to their expert advice and first-rate facilities, we were able to install new solar panels, a Spectra Catalina 150 watermaker, an iCOM SSB radio and new canvas in record time.