LIVING ABOARD, 1996-1997
We have many lengthy stories to tell of the year and a half we spent living on a sailboat, but we'll keep it to a brief summary here - we have also added just a few photos here as well as links to more photos in Webshots albums.
In the fall of 1994 we spent a week in Sausalito, CA, living aboard a 32-foot sailboat and sailing 9 hours a day with a sailing certification trainer in San Francisco Bay. It was a no-brainer; we were happily certified, and the decision to go forward was made.
It took months of research to find the right sailboat; in
February 1996 Jay officially retired from Cargill, Inc., and began
working full-time to find the right vessel for us. About a
month later, we put our house on the market and sold it in just four
days. The day after we accepted the offer on our house, Jay
purchased our 1973 50' Gulfstar Ketch in Norfolk, VA - he sailed it
along with our son, Doug, from Norfolk up the Chesapeake to
Annapolis, MD, where we had decided to live while we did some fixing
and updating of our new vessel.
By the end of May 1996 Dorothy had resigned from Honeywell and we had divested ourselves of 90% of our possessions - just a few boxes and valuables were stored by our children (we have six grown kids between us). We drove to Annapolis, MD, in our Honda Civic along with our cat Sylvester, pulling the smallest U-Haul trailer available - we were now officially live-aboards!
Chronology of Living Aboard "Second to
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