|Day one of our honeymoon - we did the DelMarVa Circumnavigation.|
From the time Jason was a kid, he knew he wanted to own and eventually live on a sailboat. Even though I grew up around the water, I had never stepped foot on a sailboat until I met Jason. Plenty of power boats but never a sailboat - I had no idea what I was doing.
Jason purchased his first sailboat S/V Moondance, a 1990 Hunter 28, in April 2009. We started dating in June 2009. My first experience out on Moondance was an interesting one – shifting 23kt winds which ended up causing an unintentional gybe. Following a near knockdown and running with the rails under the water, it was a surprise that I stuck around and didn’t go running for the hills. Soon after purchasing Moondance, the hunt was on for a larger boat. In September 2009 we traded in Moondance and got a new 2008 Catalina 350, which we christened S/V Knot Dreamin' (affectionately called Knotty). We had her for about eight months before Jason convinced me to take the plunge and try living aboard for an extended period. We were to do a 30 day trial without going back to our apartment. To sweeten the deal, Jason added a one-week, live-aboard sailing school in the Virgin Islands. The 30 days flew by and I didn’t miss the apartment at all - not to mention we had a blast in the VI!
|J and I in the BVI completing our ASA certifications.|
|An old picture of Tango - she no longer has an in-mast furler.|
Our plan (otherwise known as a point from which to deviate) is to continue to work just until the boat is paid off and her refit is complete. Then we throw off the lines and go! Jason has always known he wanted to sail and I have always known that I wanted more than just the 9-5 job and the once a year, two week vacation. We are fortunate that we have this opportunity, an opportunity to do what we really love - sail, travel, meet new people and experience other cultures. Though this lifestyle will guarantee we will never be wealthy, we will enjoy a wealth of experience and friendships and we'll do it together.
|One of my favorite pictures of us, taken aboard our best friends boat, S/V Doggie Paddle|
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain