Date: 27 March 2017. Sailboat in
Skipper and I went down to Gulfport with a couple of the neighbors.
It was great. In addition to learning about the courtesy dock [see
Gulfport, FL weekend
article] I met the nicest young couple living an economical and
fun-loving life on a *Pearson.
a brand of sailboat. At one time I wanted a NorSea27 however the
budget was not quite large enough. The Pearson Triton has similar
characteristics and might just have been my Dream Boat if cancer
had not changed my plans. The Triton is older and less expensive than
the NorSea27s I admired most.
One of the best parts about boating is meeting the folks who are out
here having fun.
Tanner is in the cockpit of his Pearson. He has lived
aboard her for six months.
walking the docks. At the courtesy dock in Gulfport I met Tanner. He and Selina are living on a
32' Pearson name Pyewakett. It is a nice boat. Older boats with fiberglass hulls
tend to be overbuilt. I like them.
is used as a generic term meaning that the manufacturer utilized
better quality components. In the 1960s boat builders were
switching from wood to fiberglass hulls. Buyers were not too sure
about the "new-fangled" fiberglass boats. Often builders opted to
make the hulls the same thickness as their wooden models to satisfy
The hulls of
the earliest models were thicker than those constructed in later
years. The hulls were sturdy and well-built.
That made for a lot of Really Nice strong hulls. Fiberglass also
weighs more than wood so the boats were heavier. That makes for,
generally speaking, a steadier ride (less rock 'n roll) however it
also means your boat goes slower.
motor yachts are known for their solid fiberglass hulls and
Hatteras brand yachts are
well-regarded in the boating community. There is a lot to like about
I first spotted the TANNER AND SELINA'S
SAILBOAT while walking along the shore in Gulfport.
I walked to the end of the courtesy dock to admire the vessels in
the anchorage just south of the pier. At the end I met Tanner and Selina.
They had been to town for supplies and were returning to their boat.
be young, in love and living aboard a boat in Florida in the
wintertime. Life does not get much better folks!
with the duo was fun. Tanner bought this boat six months ago and is
doing a total rehab. One of the downsides of buying used boats is
the bonehead Previous Owner (PO) tricks you find. He has discovered a
few and is addressing them.
I can guarantee that every boat in the above photo has something the
owner wishes was different.
It's the nature of boating. We make our boats our own by
customizing, improving and tweaking.
Every boat has
issues. It does not matter if she is a million dollar new build or an
old beater. There will be problems. The wise owner fixes them using
the best parts and techniques he can acquire. Remember too that
things change. What was the best thirty years ago has probably been
superseded by new technology.
not necessarily better nor is it required. Just living life afloat
is what matters most to me. I have had nine years out here aboard
Seaweed and my life is approaching pure decadence. I am very
fortunate. It was not always that way. For details see the
Inadequate Boat (Gulfport too)
My girl, under a rainbow.
been a journey. Meeting Tanner and Selina reminded me of my much
younger self. I know they have the stamina of youth. The duo also
have the determination to make their home better. The Pearson is a
nice platform for a good life afloat. They are fortunate.
months aboard they have added items. The best at making life
comfortable I would say is their
Honda EU2200i generator. A quiet
generator such as a
Yamaha will change your life afloat for
the better. (Affiliate links in blue.)
Having ample power
makes a world of difference when life is spent at anchor.
What was best of all about meeting Selina and Tanner however was their departure.
S/V Pyewakett's engine started
and the couple circled around heading out into the anchorage. Within 100
yards of the dock however the sail went up and they were off
sailing. How cool is that!!!
under sail are so rare in some places that I have actually made a note
in my Log Book about it. I do so enjoy watching others out here
having fun afloat. There is nothing quite like a sailboat cutting
through the water with the only the sound of the wind and water
I spotted this pirate flagged sailboat underway last
has had wonderful breezes every time I have been there. For those of
us with a wind generator, it's a good spot to anchor. I know in the
morning before 0900 my batteries were fully charged. Life is good in
Gulfport. I cannot wait to return.
Does your battery charging come from a generator or
solar? wind? alternator?
And, do you spend most of your life anchoring out?
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