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.

s/v Blue Moon
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.

 

 

 

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s/v Blue Moon Specs

Built: 2003, Largo, FL

Hull number: 149 of 169 built between 1998 and 2004

Displacement:  21000lbs

Ballast: 9000lbs

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

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