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Beautiful Dreamer, our newly acquired Tayana 37 sailboat, is a 35-year-old cutter-rigged blue water cruiser designed by Robert Perry.
Her age is going to present many challenges as my wife Donna and I work to bring her up to a condition that will allow for her first blue water adventure, a cruise from Galveston, TX to her future homeport of St. Petersburg, FL.
We are already learning a lot about this fine sailboat as we peel back years of wiring, plumbing, rigging, varnish, and paint. It is proving challenging at times, and we are both excited and intimidated by this boat, but she grows on us with every sail.
I’m sure we will learn much about “boat husbandry” as we make her ready for voyaging!
We would love for you to follow along, learn from our successes and failures, and share in our experience of S/V Beautiful Dreamer’s eventual move from Texas to Florida.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Captain Mike (aka Sailorman)
About the Captain:
Captain Mike (aka Sailorman) started sailing at age 9 on the area lakes of Dallas, TX. Competitive sailing became a passion he shared along with his father Rex.
When the family moved to the Houston area in 1977, it introduced them to bay sailing, and these two racing sailors embraced cruising on larger waters and boats ever since.
After a 10 year break from large boat sailing, Mike and his wife Donna find themselves owners of the Tayana 37 Beautiful Dreamer. Aptly named, the new vessel has Mike & Donna dreaming of Florida, The Keys, Bahama’s and perhaps beyond.
About the First Mate:
First Mate Donna (aka Mrs. Padilly) began sailing in the 1970s. Her first sailboat was a sunfish, which she sailed on Lake Placid, NY.
Her parents rented the sunfish as part of their family vacation, and she was able to solo sail across the lake and back. Ever since that day she has dreamed about sailing again.
It would take over 25 years before she would once again set sail. It took place on her first date with Captain Mike in 2001, on his Bombay Clipper 31′ called Memories. The couple has been making memories ever since.
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