Jim and Carol Fetters have logged 25,000 miles through the years, cruising waters from Down East Maine to the Bahamas. They’ve owned all manner of vessels, from dinghies and dayboats to bluewater sailboats and, when they made the change to power, a 43-foot trawler. Each is remembered as being right for its time and purpose.
Now the retirees — he’s a Coast Guard Academy grad who had a management career; she was a mathematics teacher — are content to roam coastal waters around their home in Harpswell, Maine, making day trips or weekend overnighters.
The 6 a.m. departure began innocently enough for Dave and Katrina Miller. It was calm, with just a sprinkle of late-June rain, as the eager couple slipped out of the harbor in Georgetown, Maine, in the 12-year-old, 33-foot powerboat they’d just bought. Destination: Annapolis, Md., 650 miles south.
Bill and Nancy Webster have spent a lifetime boating together, dividing the duties and sharing the work and the pleasures of their avocation. So when it came time to downsize from their much-loved 42-foot trawler, the couple from Clinton, Conn., shared the buying experience, too. And the Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX they bought a year ago has already proved to be a good choice: seaworthy, safe and comfortable.
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