I grew up sailing Sunfish on Glen Lake. A sunfish is a lateen rigged 4 meter dinghy sailor with an unstayed mast and a daggerboard. They are fast in light winds, and easy to turtle. I loved the feel of the tiller in my hand, hiking out over the windward side, luffing up to avoid broaching. You can read about me learning to sail sunfish in my blog post “The Accidental Sailor.”
In May 2012, I joined the Manhattan Sailing Club and started sailing J24s. The J24 is a Bermuda-rigged 7 meter sloop keelboat with a small cabin. They are the world’s most popular one-design keelboat. I still loved the feeling of a tiller in my hand, and appreciated the keel that kept the boat from broaching.
In June 2013, I started sailing Blue Moon, an Island Packet 380, a 40-foot-or-so (depends upon who’s asking) cutter-rigged sloop (“That’s a lot of sail!” a partner at my firm used to exclaim.)monohull sailboat. She was beamy and solid in every way imaginable, a real tank on the water. I sailed her more than 10,000 nautical miles (18,500km/11,500miles) from the northern Bahamas, south to Tobago, west to Panama and north to New York. I moved off Blue Moon in late September 2017. I loved Blue Moon more than I’ve ever loved any inanimate object. I miss her dearly.
Since September 2017, I’ve been dreaming of owning a boat. Check back for tales of my next boating adventure.
s/v Blue Moon Specs
Built: 2003, Largo, FL
Hull number: 149 of 169 built between 1998 and 2004
Length overall: 39′ 7″
Beam: 13′ 2″ (yeah, she’s beamy)
Draft: 4′ 7″
Mast: 54′ 3″ (trust us, we’ve tested it)
Diesel Power: 54hp Yanmar 4JH3BE
Diesel Fuel Tank: 85 gal
Water Maker: Spectra 150
Water Tank: 170 gal
AIS: Vesper Marine XB-8000
SSB: iCom M-802
VHF: iCom M-402
Chart Plotter: Raymarine E80
Wind Generator: Rutland 1200
Solar Panels: two Kyocera KD135GX-LP panels
Stern arch: Designed, manufactured and installed by Silvio of Blues Breaker, Grenada, November 2015