Frank Smollon had enjoyed his 29-foot bowrider for a few years, day-tripping and cruising with his family in the Chesapeake Bay waters near his Riva, Maryland, home. At one point the 66-year-old manufacturer’s rep joined the Annapolis Yacht Club and became involved with its cruising club. “We would pick a couple of trips where the distance wasn’t too great,” Smollon says. “It was a lot of fun, something we liked doing.”
Lee and Dee Anderson spent most of their boating lives as sailors, enjoying the feel of the boat moving through the water, powered by the wind. “When we sailed, we loved the peace and quiet,” Lee Anderson says. “We were connected to the boat and to the water. So it was always about the journey and never about the destination.”
In 1983, with a baby daughter on the way, Mike Camarata and Carol Zipke launched a 23-foot sailboat into Long Island Sound for the first time and started cruising. Today the semiretired couple from Mystic, Connecticut, can look back on more than 30 years of sailing adventures from the comfortable cockpit of their liveaboard home, a Dean 44 sailing catamaran.
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