Welcome to our little blog!
We are Al and Michele, an “active adult” couple (I write that with a smile because we are now both retired but feel young in spirit!) We have been married for 24 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 from my career in education as the Director of Mathematics in a Connecticut school system. I am also an 8-year (on July 1, 2019) ovarian cancer survivor (my new theme song — Kelly Clarkson’s What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.)
Al was raised on the coast of Connecticut and has always been on the water, either power or sail (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.
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 is our third Kindred Spirit (check out the page “50+ Years of Boats” to see the others and more). Homeport is Shennecossett Yacht Club in Groton, Connecticut.
After 12 months of transforming this trawler, we made our second voyage to the 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 and the Hudson River.