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.
“I must have been 14 years old,” recalls Eric Uscinski. “I had a cousin in Delaware City. I spent a few summers down there. He was older than me, and we got into crabbing. We’d go out in his 16-foot boat and be on the river at 3 a.m., back by 1 in the afternoon with our catch.”
Several years ago Peter Jenkin and Nancy Miller, who are married lifelong sailors, starting thinking about a powerboat. “Our bodies were telling us that it was time to go to the dark side,” says Jenkin, a retired certified management accountant from North Haven, Connecticut.
It was five years ago. Severe weather rolled through the harbor at Clinton, Connecticut, on Long Island Sound’s north shore. A sailboat broke free of its mooring and drifted onto a 1991 Pursuit 3400 Offshore, holing the boat’s side and smashing a portion of its upper works. Repair estimates totaled her.
Part of buying a used boat is understanding who built it. A production builder can offer a fleet of boat types — center consoles, walkarounds, express boats — in different sizes and propulsion packages, along with nationwide sales and service for the thousands of boats it has sold.
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