Teacher in a master's-level public health program, mother of two teenagers, yoga fanatic, Destination Imagination team manager.
Computer engineer, dad of a 12-year-old, ukulele proselytizer.
In June 2017 we became the proud owners of "Serenity", a 1998 PDQ Yachts Altair 32 sailing catamaran. We will be keeping her in the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island for the 2017 summer season.
We heeded advice to buy the smallest boat that fit our immediate needs. Twice. (See our first boat below). For boat #2, we wanted a catamaran.
Serenity has two cabins and one head (bathroom). She has a galley (kitchen) down in the port (left) hull that is open to the salon (dining room). The dining table converts to a king sized bed allowing her to sleep six in three beds. She is too small for us to comfortably live aboard full-time with three kids, but she fits us all for weekends and vacations. Currently, that is how we use her. We have dreams of cruising without kids one day, and Serenity is a good size for a couple to do coastal cruising. She suits our needs now, and possibly for the next 10 years or more.
Serenity has pretty simple systems for a sailboat. Speed is not our priority on Serenity. She is powered with two 9.9 horsepower outboard motors. She has a mainsail and a self-tacking jib making her very simple to sail. All lines run to the cockpit.
We purchased Serenity (previously named "Magic Time") in 2017 from David and Moyra, a Canadian couple from Toronto. She currently lives on a mooring ball in Tiverton, Rhode Island, when we are not exploring the Narragansett Bay.
After sailing school we were desperate to get more sailing experience and to start having small travel adventures. To this end, we bought "Hummingbird", a 1988 Gloucester 16 pocket cruiser, on Craigslist. The tiny cabin has just enough room for us both to sleep, and the cast iron swing keel makes her very stable for her size.
We purchased Hummingbird in 2015 from a couple in Keene, New Hampshire, shortly after returning from sailing school. We wanted a trailerable boat to practice sailing that was just big enough to "camp" on for a few days. It had to be big enough to day sail with the kids, but only had to sleep two.
Hummingbird has almost no systems. She has a tiny cabin with a V-style berth for two. She is powered by a 38-lb thrust electric trolling motor and one deep cycle lead acid battery. With her swing keel up she has a 9 inch draft and can be beached.
We learned a lot about sailing on Hummingbird and had several adventures with her detailed on this blog. We have sailed Hummingbird on multi-day adventures in Lake Champlain and used her to take six kids island camping. In 2016, we got her a dock space at the lake near our house, and frequently use her for day sailing. UPDATE: We have sold Hummingbird, and hope her new owners enjoy their adventures with her.