Welcome to our little blog!
We are Al and Michele, an “active adult” couple who retired and are enjoying these “golden” years. We have been married for 29 years, and have lived in Durham, and now Middletown, Connecticut. Al is a man of many talents, a mechanical engineer, a builder, a gifted carpenter, and an all-around problem solver — a true MacGyver. I (Michele) retired in 2013 from my career in education as the Director of Mathematics in a Connecticut school system. I am also a 12-year ovarian cancer survivor who now lives with lymphedema.
Al was raised on the coast of Connecticut and has always been on the water, either power or sail (think Jimmy Buffett’s Son of a Son of A Sailor.) When he is at the helm, he becomes “one with the boat” handling her on an instinctual level that few can achieve. Sailing was new to me but I quickly fell in love with it, just like I fell in love with him.
Our homeport is Shennecossett Yacht Club in Groton, Connecticut. The waters in that region delight us with many harbors, bays, and islands within easy reach.
Kindred Spirit, a 1987 Morgan 43 Center cockpit, was the fourth sailboat we owned together. Over our twelve years with her, she was carefully outfitted for the goal of eventually living aboard and sailing south. Which we did! This blog began in July 2013 as a way to record our realization of that dream.
After our wonderful adventure to the Bahamas, we sold our beloved Kindred Spirit in the summer of 2014 and purchased a 2003 Mariner Orient 38 trawler. She was our third Kindred Spirit and we returned to the Bahamas on her for the winter of 2014-2015.
After 12 months of transforming this trawler, we made our second voyage to he Bahamas from September 2015 to May, 2016. This second trip was just as special and even a little more comfortable on the trawler.
We have been home in Connecticut since that trip, taking shorter trips by boat to the New England islands, Maine, and the Hudson River.
I did not expect that I would need to update this part of the blog again, because I thought we had our last boat. I should have known better! In October 2019 we sold our fine Mariner Orient 38 and bought a 2004 Kadey Krogen 39, Hull #42, the boat of Al’s dreams. Our fourth Kindred Spirit, she is our THIRD LAST BOAT. Al has promised this one is really our last boat because there is simply nothing more we could want. Check out the page “60+ Years of Boats” to see all of Al’s boats.