CrewBen (Captain), Sarah (Ships Mate), Fluffy (Fur-st Mate)
Boats/v Tygress, 1982 Ganley 34 steel sloop
So farWe have been living aboard since mid 2012 and are currently in the process of upgrading Tygress. When we bought her she required a bit of love, things like new canvas, new sails and a deck repaint to name a few. Getting things done is taking a bit more time and money than we expected but we're slowly making progress. We're enjoying live aboard life but can't wait to cast off the dock lines.
What's nextOnce Tygress is fixed up and ready to cruise our plan is to head north to the blue waters of the Whitsundays, exploring Queensland's beautiful islands and coastline along the way. One day we'd like to circumnavigate Australia and recreate some famous historical voyages.
CrewScott (the cynical sailor) & Ellen (the non-cynical salty sidekick)
BoatWe were cruising on a lovely little Raven 26 called Rainbow's End, but now we're looking for our next boat!
So farScott started racing and cruising in Europe and then convinced Ellen that moving onto a boat in New Zealand would be far more fun than working in an office. We just finished up cruising in New Zealand where we explored the Hauraki Gulf, Bay of Islands and heaps of other great places.
What's NextWe're off to the States in a couple of months to buy a bigger boat so that we can get back out there and start cruising again. Not sure where we'll begin from first - the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes or the East Coast or where we'll end up after that - the Caribbean, the Mediterranean or back to New Zealand via the Pacific islands? But one thing we do know is that there will be plenty of eccentric seamanship along the way.
CrewJereme + Kim + Oliver the dog.
Boats/v LAHO; a 1982 Endeavour 37 B Plan
So farAfter years of planning and loads of boat projects, we're taking a leap of faith and packing up our things (and our poodle Oliver) to set sail in the New Year! We're headed south, cruising from Naples, Florida to the Bahamas + Caribbean, island hopping along the way for the next year (or so)!
What's nextWe know that we still have a ton to learn and figure out along the way. There is no finite plan carved in stone. But that’s the beauty of it. We have no agenda, no schedule, no rules. We’re ready to see new places, meet new faces, and learn a ton along the way, while soaking up every single second of our little adventure.
CrewDan and Jaye
Boats/v Cinderella; a 1980 CSY (Caribbean Sailing Yacht) 33, hailing Northport, Michigan.
So farLake Michigan, U.S. East Coast to Bahamas.
What's nextStaying in the Chesapeake Bay area through Sept 2013. Then, pulling out of our slip and turning right; confident that we'll figure something out along the way.
Melissa and Mike
BoatS/V Galapagos; 1975 Olympic Adventure 47
So FarMike and Melissa have been sailing for 10 years and started out on a rather spartan Catalina 27. They sailed her for 5 years and moved up to a Cal 34. After 5 years with that boat they are now refitting and learning to dock their new-to-them big boat. This one they plan to keep longer than 5 years. They bought their boat down in Astoria, Oregon and spent months getting her cleaned up and putting in a new engine. After a lovely trip up the Washington coast they finally are moored in Tacoma, WA, sailing their home waters off the south Puget Sound as much as possible.
What's nextMike and Melissa have a cunning plan to sail far away as long as it's fun. They are waiting for the day the golden shackles of Mike's job at Boeing Financial finally fall away and they can cut the dock lines. They hope to go north and sail around Vancouver Island first. Meanwhile, they have a lot of systems and interiors to improve on S/V Galapagos. They have been documenting their transition to cruising on their blog .
Boats/v Serendipity; an '89 Sabre 34 Targa
What's nextWe'll be jumping over to the Bahamas and down through the Caribbean island chain. After that, a cruise up to Central America, and then possibly over to the Med. Who knows? We've found plans don't always work, so we'll just be going with the 'flow'.
CrewEan and Jane (plus 3 cats)
Boats/v more JOY everywhere, a 1993 42' Fountaine Pajot Venezia
So farTotal newbies: started in Annapolis... ICW... Bahamas... Haiti... Colombia...Panama
What's nextThe South Pacific, and, we hope, all the way 'round.
BoatS/V 11 Purple Monkeys (46' 1976 Norman Cross Trimaran)
Left land November 2015 (after a sudden decision to go cruising and whirlwind 5 months of selling everything) for our boat in West Palm, FL. We're currently working on our boat and working our way down the coast of Florida.
We're hoping to head across to the Bahamas within the next few weeks and start exploring the islands and vlogging about every cool thing we find along the way!
CrewSuzanne, Buttercup the pup dog, and cats Maximus and Hunter
Boat1976 Gulfstar 37 (awaiting renaming in Spring 2013)
So farMoved aboard Fall 2012 in Annapolis but still have to learn to sail.
What's nextHoping to head south in Fall 2013, perhaps visit old friends in Miami, hop around the Keys, and then cut over to the Bahamas and wherever I'm able to make it with pets and on a shoestring.
CrewCaptain David and Admiral Amy
Boats/v Starry Horizons, 2014 Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 catamaran
So FarWe are both commercial captains and small business owners, looking forward to “time off” on Starry Horizons. She is being built in La Rochelle, France.
What's NextWe arrive in La Rochelle October 14th to accept Starry Horizons. From there, we sail to the Canaries, and then across the Atlantic into the Bahamas for the holidays. From there, on to Florida for a bit more commissioning, and then who knows!
CrewJessica, GR & Gia, plus 2 boat cats
Boat1968 50' Hatteras MY
So FarBeen living aboard & cruising full time since 2006. First on a 1981 42' Pearson 424, cruising from North Carolina to Grenada and back. Then on a 1977 36' Ericson cruising from North Florida to Bahamas, through the Windward Passage to Jamaica, Roatan and then Guatemala where we sold her and decided to go POWER!
What's NextMaking this power-hungry, inefficient dock dweller an energy efficient cruiser while living aboard in Fort Lauderdale, FL. What's on our to do list? New Heads, New Battery system (24 volt not 32), New Generator (bye, bye 1968 Onan), Bottom Job, and more! Hoping to set off into the wild blue yonder Spring 2014.
CrewKelley and Jason; and our two dogs Dewey and Riley
BoatSV Chance, a 1974 34' Seafarer
So farSpent a year sailing around NYC and the Chesapeake, quit our jobs and left our life in Brooklyn to sail around the Caribbean, currently on the hard in Florida finishing a massive redesign but scheduled to get moving in just a few days(!)
What’s nextTrying to outrun hurricane season. We'll leave Florida and race over to Mexico, then down to Belize. After that we'll slow down and explore the Central American coast a bit more before we settle down in Colombia. Our plan is to open a hostel!
CrewJR, Drena, and Leo the cat
So farThe beautiful Chesapeake Bay...
What's nextHeading south in October 2013. We'll figure out details along the way!
CrewBehan, Jamie, and children Niall, Mairen & Siobhan
BoatTotem, a Stevens 47- an early 80s “classic plastic”
So farDeparted Puget Sound in 2008; lingered in Mexico a few seasons, crossed the Pacific via a whole lot of the usual coconut milk run spots. After an extended stay in Australia, we spent time sailing through Papua New Guinea before heading west into Indonesia.
What’s nextWe’re continuing west through Southeast Asia during 2013, and noodling on what timing will make sense to look at heading across the Indian Ocean…unless we decide to loop north across the Pacific. Who knows!
CrewBruce and Tammy Swart and two cats, Jetsam and Jezabelle. Bruce is a retired school teacher and swim coach. He has been sailing since the '70s and (like everybody) has dreamed of Cruising forever. He has done several long distance deliveries including bringing their boat from Rhode Island to Port Aransas, Tx.
I (Tammy) have been sailing since 1997. Bruce and I met while crewing in our local Wednesday Night Races. Our relationship flourished in our mutual love for sailing. I retired from my job in Medical Management in June, 2013 so that we can Cruise full time. Jetsam and Jezabelle are along for the ride because we couldn't face the thought of leaving them behind. They have adjusted nicely.