After boating in the Boston area for several years in the late
1990s, we were hooked on the lifestyle and dreamt of becoming full-time
cruisers. It happened, in December 2000. We quit our jobs and bought a Jefferson
37' powerboat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We named her Mai
Thai. Taking delivery of Mai Thai
the following March, we had every intention of bringing her back to our home
port of Rhode Island. Some people navigate this 1500-miles trip in 15-20 days,
but why hurry back to frigid New England? So we decided to take it easy and stop
to "smell the flowers" along the way. Our timing couldn't have been
more perfect, as spring was in the air at every port of call. In Savannah,
Georgia, azaleas were in full bloom. Fragrant jasmine floated in the air as we
walked by the gardens of antebellum homes in Beaufort, South Carolina. We were
mesmerized by the beauty of Charleston and its architecture. And in Beaufort,
North Carolina, stunning sunsets took our breath away. This was our first time
in the south, and we were discovering that cruising is an excellent way to
travel and explore America without traffic or schedule.
A condensed version of the Bahamas
page was published in the April 2007 issue of Latitudes and
fun cruising magazine. Perhaps there is a future career for this aspiring writer...
This website is our journal and also an opportunity to let our
friends and family follow our journey. We've organized our cruising adventures
by the year and the ports we've visited. Space permitting, we will try to
publish our pictures here as well. Feel free to comment as we need your feedback
to make this more interesting!