My wife Judy and I officially heard yesterday that we are the new owners of Charbonneau. For ten years this beautiful 40' Island Packet
was home to Blaine and Janet Parks and their two Golden Retrievers. Both Blaine and Janet wrote scores of articles recounting the ups and downs of their live aboard life while cruising. These wonderful stories provide a full and exciting history
of this boat that is about to be ours during Charbonneau's next sailing journey. I only pray that Judy and I can sail her and care for her as well as Blaine and Janet did since 1999.
Charbonneau will have a new berth at Northwest Creek Marina, New Bern, NC. Our plans include ASA
Certifications first and then practice, practice, practice on the Neuse River and Pamlico sound for the next year or so. (Although Blaine shared Charbonneau's only knock-down was on the Neuse)
This is an entirely new world for us as we begin retirement
and we're excited about sharing those years on Charbonneau. So, if you should catch sight of Charbonneau in irons or making a rough tack, just remember she's now teaching two old dogs
Bill and Judy Chappell