Cruising to new harbors and new horizons is what Bob and Elaine Ebaugh like to do, and over the course of their boating lives they’ve taken in the west coast of Florida as far as the Dry Tortugas and chartered throughout the British Virgin Islands.
In 2009 they made a commitment to do what many only dream of: slip the lines and do some serious cruising. “Our initial goal was to take a couple of years off from work, sell our home, and move aboard and cruise,” says Elaine, 55, a licensed speech-language pathologist.
When you have a real passion for something, whether it’s baseball, art or music, you tend to want to share it, to pass it on to others, the kids or grandkids, as something special. That’s certainly true about boats and boating.
There was nothing wrong with the 29-foot Everglades center console. It was undeniably a good fishing boat, and it had served the family well over the years.
But with their three children — Chloe, 13, Owen, 11, and Luke, 10 — growing up, Brian Harris and his wife, Danielle, thought about a bigger boat, a boat with real accommodations. They wanted something they could stay out overnight on, go farther in — a boat that would broaden the family’s horizons.
Lake Erie is one of America’s great inland waterways, and its varied coastline and historic harbors provide a lifetime’s worth of boating. James Priest, a native of Dunkirk, New York, grew up along Erie’s shores and over the years has grown to know it well in a variety of boats.
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