I have moved off the boat. I loved this boat more than I’ve ever loved any inanimate object. Jason promises to take good care of her for me.
S/V Blue Moon
Blue Moon is an Island Packet 380, a 40-foot-or-so (depends upon who’s asking) monohull sailboat. She’s beamy and solid in every way imaginable, a real tank on the water. She’s a cutter-rigged sloop (“That’s a lot of sail!” a partner at my firm used to exclaim.), and we just added a gennaker to the sail plan.
Jason purchased Blue Moon in June 2012 in Stewart, FL, and quickly whisked her away to New York. The previous owners named her Blue Moon, and gave her a hailing port of St Paul MN, which we haven’t had the heart to change. (To all the Minnesotans hoping to connect with us over our shared heritage, we’ve never been there, Blue Moon’s never been there, and it’s too darn cold for us ever to entertain the idea of going there. We’re still nice people, so don’t let our non-Minnesotan roots stop you from stopping by to say hello.)
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
T/T Blue Moon aka Moon Shadow
Moon Shadow IV is an AB 9AL inflatable dinghy, purchased in Panama from Centro Marino in January 2017. Finally we own a dinghy that can handle the big waves and the hot sun down here, and we love it! We hope to have dinghy chaps made soon to keep her pristine. Thank you to fellow cruiser Kendra on Sea Frog for bestowing our dinghies with the name Moon Shadow.
Sunshine is a (not-so-bright-anymore) yellow plastic Clearwater Myst 8.6 kayak, purchased in Puerto Rico from Walmart in April 2015. She spends most of her time tied to the lifelines on the starboard midship, sadly.
Bala de Plata
Bala de Plata is a (now-very-rusty) silver Stowabike 20” folding bike, purchased from Amazon in October 2014. We bought the cheapest mid-sized foldable bike we could find, knowing that it would rust in the humid air down here. A guy on the streets of Manhattan told me I was too pretty for my bike; he clearly doesn’t understand the virtues of a boat bike!
Bala de Plata was stolen from a bike rack in Brooklyn in broad daylight in October 2017. I like to think she didn’t like life on land and made a break for the sea.