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  • About minottx
    Vessel Make/ model
    Sail Eldredge McInnes Eastward Ho 30'
    Vessel Name
    Jack and Rose
    Location
    Mobile, Al
    Occupation
    Engineer
    Interests
    Sailing, swimming, gardening, fishing
    Biography
    About Jack:
    Transplanted Red Sox Fan Experience sailing Trans Pacific, North Atlantic and Gulf of Alaska I started sailing in the Eastham/Wellfleet area of Cape Cod Bay as a 12 year old on an 18 foot catboat…. I continued to sail up and along the coast of Cape Cod from Barnstable to Provincetown until I graduated from college. I’ve either owned or been a partner in sail boats from 14 to 56 feet. Sailboats 14, 15, 19, 23, 27, 47 and 56 feet.

    I partnered on a 56 Mikado sailboat that left Cape Cod and arrived in St Thomas in late Summer of 1989 only to be destroyed by Hurricane Hugo. The plan was to charter the boat….That all ended when she was destroyed.
    Most of my sailing since that time has been in and around Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston Harbor, and the Gulf of Maine. I sailed year-round on my wooden 23 Foot Eldredge McInnes Eastward Ho all over for 10 years 1990 through 2000…
    I sailed Puget Sound and the Gulf of Alaska for a month in 1988 on a 47 foot Argonauta
    I crossed the Pacific from Seattle to Honolulu end of May to mid June 2003.
    I sailed off the coast of Kuwait with some friends just prior to returning to the USA in March 2004.
    I returned to Boston in December 2008 and have sailed on Cape Cod since then.
    The think the best weather learning experience has been living year round on Cape Cod since 2008.
    I lived right on the beach in Brewster with the tide 150 feet from the front door. That experience raised my sailing awareness since preserving and protecting an oceanfront property is very different from living off the beach….Our house was completely exposed to the wind and the ocean tides. Our property required vigilance and maintenance. Trees in particular – like masts- need to be protected, anchored reinforced with stays and ground anchors… It’s a lot of necessary work. I learned to respect the power of the wind, freezing temperatures, ice, the surge of the tide, the isolation and the knowledge that under severe winter conditions, power can be lost for days and the value of being prepared…

    With two friends I built a 16 foot catamaran in the mid 80s.
    I enjoy reading. Most of what I read is related to the job I do which If I read enough and stay very current I may be able to do it globally. As for fixing mechanical stuff?? I don’t do engine repair that is why I prefer to sail. But I can fix most anything using a manual or by googling or watching a youtube video. .I’m a quiet person by nature and I customarily avoid crowds as best I can because the world from my perspective is a lot more dangerous when you are ignorant of your surroundings and unprepared… I am 65 years old, but in amazing health. I had been an elite world class endurance athlete as a teenage and into my early 20’s but then suffered a shattering injury and the Olympic prospects ended. I mention this because I continue to workout… mostly swim… walk and weight lift.
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