I registered on this forum a few minutes ago so that I could post a reply on the multi-hull board and decided to formally introduce myself here. My apologies in advance for the long first post but the story about how we named our boat tells most of the important information about me. This is a slightly edited version of my speech at the christening of our boat.
Being a farm boy from Wisconsin, I found sailing to be a totally new experience when first introduced to it at the Naval Academy in the summer of 1967. However, having a good grasp of physics, I quickly got the hang of it and found the experience quite enjoyable. A couple of years later while crewing
for my roommate on a 44' yawl in intramural races, the racing
bug bit me. Sometime during my last two years at Navy
, I developed a dream of eventually owning a 65 foot yacht to charter
around the Caribbean
. Over the following few years, I sailed whenever I could find a sailboat to rent in such exotic places as Subic Bay, Phillipines, and Alameda, CA.
Then I met my wife who worked at the Officer's Club in Bremerton to earn tuition for nursing school
. One Sunday afternoon when she had no other customers, we sat on the back step of the bowling alley bar and talked. I must have been unusually chatty because I told her about my dream of charting in the Caribbean
, among other things.
Fast forward a few years to the early 1980's when I was deployed to the Indian Ocean
on a submarine. My sub stopped in Perth, Australia
, on the way back so my wife came to visit. We went to the local race
track during that week and placed a $2.00 bet on a horse named <I>Yachtsman's Choice</i> soley because of its name. He placed third in the race
and paid off $3.16 so we considered him a winner.
A little while later the doctor she was working for in San Diego
received a flyer from a company in Newport Beach
, CA. That flyer advertised a package deal for a person to buy a sailboat and turn it over to a charter
company as a tax write-off. The doctor gave the flyer to my wife and told her it sounded like something more appropriate for me. She brought it home and we ended up buying
our first boat, a 30 foot Erickson, which we named after the race horse that made us $1.16 in Australia
Nearly twenty years later, with retirement
eligibility sneaking up on me, my wife gave me tickets to the Miami Boat Show
in 2003 so we could go check out boats that would be suitable for us to cruise
on. We had not intended to buy at that time but when faced with a 10% price
increase, coupled with relatively low interest rates, we decided the time was right. After several legal
issues clouding the delivery
, we finally received the boat on September 27, 2003. Then we had to come up with a name for the customs
and Coast Guard papers. Our older son suggested <I>Yachtsman's Dream</i> to keep with the theme we started on the first boat and also to reflect the long term goal in our lives.