I have been lurking and making a couple of random post. I wanted to Make an introduction
I grew up in KY, never saw a sailboat until a moved to New England
. The first time I was able to sail on an 17' Oday on Lake Sunapee in NH I was hooked.
My partner Art and I have been sailing for over 20 years, we started out with sailboards and friends Laser, Sun Fish
and small day sailers on NH lakes. We then graduated to cruising around Boston Harbor with an occasional trip to Martha's Vineyard
, P-Town, or CuttyHunk on a friends Freedom 32. We are now fortunate to be sailing on an Oyster
54. This is our 3rd Mahina Kai. We started with a Hunter
34, and then a Hunter
410 we had built in 2002. Finally we purchased the Oyster
in 2010. We mostly do costal cruising with an occasional offshore
overnight on our way to Maine
. We sail from early May through the end of October. We are pretty much out on the boat every weekend in the summer (unless there is a Hurricane). We do a lot of 3-4 day weekends, 1 week to P-town for 4th of July, and usually 2 weeks in Maine
the beginning of August. We usually put 1000 nm a season on the boat.
This year we made a 32 hour run from Gloucester to Roque Island, ME.
Our goal is to start using Mahina Kai, for what she was made to do, water
sailing. We plan to start getting her ready for doing a trip to Bermuda
, and then a winter in the Caribbean
. Work is the one activity that prevents the time to do even more sailing.
From a training perspective, we have both completed the Safety
at Sea seminar, US Coast Guard Auxiliary safe boating
class, and I have completed all the ASA classes
for bare boat charter
way back in my youth. We learned to sail the New England
coast in the fog
when we thought a Loran
was a pretty fancy tool to have for navigation
. The current
year Eldridge is always on the boat.
Hopefully it gives you an idea of our sailing experience and goals, we basically just like being on the boat and going places. We have never been into the racing
scene unless it's watching the J-boats or the old 12 meters in Newport
harbor. Most of our experience has been in the Boston area. 2 years ago we starting berthing the boat in Portsmouth, RI at NEB, and have been exploring that area.