Post #1

I am not a blogger. Please forgive me. My wife however is an expert and has thus started this blog for our newly acquired sailboat Beautiful Dreamer, a gorgeous 1983 Tayana 37 MkII Cutter Rigged Sailboat. She is Hull #381 of over 500 built.

The view ahead on my first single handed sail on the bay.

I have been a sailor most of my life. At the age of 9 my father found a new hobby in sailing his Sunfish. The bug bit him hard and over the years we progressed from sailing board boats to racing small keelboats and on to cruising Galveston Bay in our beloved Fuji 32 Ketch, Nauticat 33 (lost in Hurricane Alicia), Falmouth Cutter 22 and lastly our Bombay Clipper 31. She was aptly named “Memories” for all the great times we had growing up with a sailing fanatic for a father.

I lost Dad one year ago in January and to say that I miss him would be an understatement. Beautiful Dreamer is a boat that both my dad and I had lusted after back in the 1980’s when we first saw them sailing around Galveston Bay. I’ve learned since buying her that there were once 37 of them sailing these bay waters. Quite a fleet.

My wife Donna and I have plans (who doesn’t). We have a second home in Florida not too far from Tampa Bay. We have already begun the process of outfitting Beautiful Dreamer for a Gulf of Mexico crossing that is targeted for Spring of 2020. This is ambitious, but doable. Let’s see if we keep the timeline on schedule.

From time to time I’ll post with some small bit of progress made toward having a boat fit for a blue water crossing. Tayana 37’s have crossed many oceans so it’s not the boat I’m worried about. Captain and crew are the real work in progress.

If you find what we post interesting please follow us along. Correspondence would be welcome and fun, especially if we can learn from each other.

Fair winds and following seas!

Captain Mike (the Sailorman)

9 thoughts on “Post #1

    1. sailorman718

      These first 5 months of ownership have been challenging. Primarily boat repairs. The insurance company would not let her out of the dock! She is now “running” and the insurance hold is lifted, but I have no engine instruments and the alternator is not charging the battery. The generator has a cracked water pump. She is pretty on the outside and well kept on the inside, but her systems are a mess.


  1. Doris n David Mangum

    Happy sailing Mike – I can see your Pops smiling down on you and Donna. I forwarded your blog to our son’s Darin and Daniel, as they too are Sailors. My Dad was a commercial fisherman his whole life.Daniel is thinking about living on a boat in Kemah area. Darin has a boat on the Heber lake and will probable buy another for part of his stay in Puerto Rico.
    You n Donna have fun. Love, Doris Mangum

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  2. A really interesting shape. You won’t find may with that type of stern. I don’t know the proper English term. In German it’s called “Kanuheck”. If I remember correctly, the Colin Archer rescue vessels in Norway – boats which were considered fantastically seaworthy as they had to go our even in the worst of storms – had sterns like these.
    Happy sailing in fair winds,


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