Tim Plouff and his wife, Kathy, had spent 30 years kayaking the Maine coast, exploring the pine-clad islands and rocky coves of the Island Trail and Coast Heritage Trust. It was good, simple fun, but their trips were limited by how far they could paddle in a day.
Is there a gene for boating? Perhaps that would explain why in some families boating is a passion that spans generations, passed down from one to the next.
When you grow up with Long Island Sound pretty much in your backyard, boats and boating come naturally. And those early years can stamp a person as a boater for life.
Nelson Garrett and Sandra Kay shopped the Chesapeake region, looking for the cruiser that would take them on a long-awaited American odyssey. The newly retired couple’s cruising agenda “strongly influenced our selection,” says Garrett, 73, formerly a commercial builder. Their plans called for a year’s travel, logging about 6,000 inland and offshore miles. That demanded a comfortable, economical, long-range cruiser from a builder with a reputation for quality.
The Ohio couple has moved aboard a 2001 Cruisers 4450 aft cabin Express Motoryacht, embracing the liveaboard lifestyle. “Good Karma is going to be our full-time home for the foreseeable future,” says Kermit Ruegamer, 64, who retired from a Fortune 500 sales career.
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