Our Old Boats
A gallery featuring several of our dearly departed "family members"...
Above: Emily Belle, a Nauticat 33 ketch motorsailer built in Finland.
She took us around the Great Loop the long way including Nova
Scotia and the Gaspe, the Trent-Severn, Great Lakes, Mississippi to
New Orleans, Florida and the Bahamas. With a 90-hp Leyman diesel
she cruised at 7.5 kts burning only 1.4 gal/hr. We spent a year and a
half living aboard this wonderfully comfortable small yacht.
Above: Wind Rose was an EO-32 designed
by Ted Brewer and built in Taiwan. A very
comfortable 32-ft cutter. We brought her
down from Lk Erie and sailed her out of
Portsmouth, NH. We did take her as far as
Florida and the Bahamas on one occasion.
Replaced in 1985 by the even more
comfortable, live-aboard vessel Emily Belle.
The next stage in our boating career was this converted
1905 Dutch motorbarge. She was 46 feet long, 12'-8"
beam, and had a draft of only 2'-8", powered by an 80-hp
Mercedes diesel, she was perfect for the canals of
Europe. We bought her in Loosdrecht, NL and cruised
the canals of Holland, Belgium and France as far south as
Lyons. To this date, my wife Nancy still claims this to
be her absolute favorite form of cruising. It certainly
was most civilized! For more photos and info on our
Dutch Canal Boat, Click Here.
This is the boat we were going to sail across the big pond -- and other great
adventures, but it never happened. It's a Ushant 41 ketch motorsailer built
in England (and originally owned by Cruising World editor, Marray Davis).
We cruised from Maine to Georgetown in the Bahamas but we never got
around to the blue water sailing this rugged boat was capable of. With roller
furling headsails and main and mizzen furling as well, this boat was easily
singlehanded. She was capable of sailing or motoring at 7 1/2 knots.
Here is Nancy Jeanne as featured on the
cover of Cruising World in February
1983. Back then, she was named Turtle.
|Finally, our little boat - and
our first powerboat. The
Mighty Mike was a
Rosborough 246 bulit in
Nova Scotia. It was
powered by twin Honda
outboards and cruised at 16
knots. She was easily
trailerable, and with a little
help from the trailer, we
cruised this boat from the
Bras D'Or Lakes in Nova
Scotia to Key West, FL.
This photo is actually a 15-ft
wide mural painted on our
garage door by my daughter
(when she was 21) showing
the boat in Baddeck, Cape
Breton Island, NS.