Saturday, June 22, 2013

"...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats..."

Or so goes the quote from Kenneth Grahame, the author of "The Wind in the Willows".

We love sail boats. I'm not sure what is wrong with us but for the past three years we’ve spent the better part of our lives living on, and spending our money on sailboats. We like talking about sailboats, thinking about sail boats, going to boat shows, walking down docks where sailboats are tied, dreaming about sail boats and the places they can take you.

We’ve spent a lot of our savings on our two boats and don’t regret a bit of it… though we wish we weren't sitting in New Jersey having to repower at this very moment.

Here are a few of the very neat boats that we've seen in Liberty Landing Marina...

Just another pretty (BIG) Ketch.

Summer Wind- This is now in private ownership with a small crew and in incredible condition.
Spirit Of Bermuda- A 2006 replica schooner. It must be great to sail a traditional boat with modern construction.
Vendee Globe Boat Energa- We followed the Vendee Globe daily so it was VERY cool that Gutek and his boat were close to us on the dock. He was a great guy to talk to and even with the language barrier he was nice enough to tell us about the Vendee and his boat.

Hindu - A great schooner that does sunset cruises in Key West. Our friends Steve and Dennis know the owners and we saw the boat when we spent part of the winter a few yeas ago in the Conch Republic. A schooner would be a fun boat to cruiser around the world on!

Incentive- We had a storm roll through the area and Incentive was moving so much that they started to pull out the dock cleats. Things were tense for the crew I'm sure!

Miscellanous Stink Pots- There was a power boat race last week. Lots of gold chains, trans ams and noise. Good times! :>)

Isn't she a beauty? - my hot wife and a Valiant 47!

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