To Sleep, Per Chance To Dream!


Having just returned from a 5 day excursion to Stuart Florida, my longing for a boat that can accommodate my wanderlust was rekindled once again and just in time for summer.

The sheer number of large boats in Florida makes me wonder if I too will go the way of the Snowbird and someday spend my winters polishing chrome and worrying about pelicans sunning themselves onboard.

If my five year plan works out, there should be a nice little trawler with my name on it waiting for endless adventures on the high seas.

I was disappointed to find out from a friend that lives in Florida that traveling the inter-coastal is brutally slow with endless bridges and no-wake zones. As such, much of the trip North and South from New Jersey to Florida would be spent outside of protected waters and quelling the concerns of my someday shipmates might take a little more persuasion and Dramamine than I have anticipated.

For now my son’s modest Whaler will have to suffice and in five years my son should be just the right age to help me with a trawler.

For now we have decided to name his Whaler “The Bad Puppy” in anticipation of naming our larger vessel “The Mutt II”, a tribute to my first Optimist Pram aptly named “The Mutt”, but not by me.

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