Hi to all,
I've been sailing for over 35 years, started with a Sunfish knock-off and O'day 22 on inland lakes in Michigan. After a college hiatus, bought another Sunfish and an O'day Daysailor for inland lakes in North Carolina
; then a Catalina
25 on the Potomac
River in Northern Virginia and a Catalina 30
in Long Beach California
. The latter two gave my wife and I our first taste of cruising, mostly overnighters and weekends.
Had a pretty little Rob Roy yawl in San Diego
Bay, and when we retired moved it to the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Alabama
. Spent a year of more extensive cruising of the Rob Roy here and in Mississippi
Sound. Our biggest cruising adventure in the Rob Roy was a 30 mile sail home from one of the Mississippi
Barrier islands after we lost
alone and sailing all the way into our slip.
Decided we needed a bigger boat so last year sold the Rob Roy and bought a 32' Lazyjack schooner - fiberglass centerboard
boat designed by Ted Brewer and built by the Ted Hermann boat shop in New York
. Spent three months refurbishing the boat at Hudson
, FL just north of Tarpon Springs; and this time last year took 15 days to transit Florida's Big Bend to bring the boat home, mostly under power with stops at Yankeetown, Suwannee, an overnight to Apalachicola and then up the ICW
City, Destin, Orange Beach and up Mobile Bay to home.
We're continuing work on the boat with plans for longer distance cruising in the years ahead. This year we'll do a return trip to Apalachicola, and later more time in the Mississippi Barrier Islands. In years to come we plan sails
to Key West
and the Dry Tortugas
, the Bahamas
, maybe up the East Coast
via the ICW
, and Central America
, particularly Belize
I've already gotten lots of great information on this board and am hoping I can contribute something of value down the line.
Lazyjack 32 schooner "Mary'Lis"
Mobile Bay, Alabama