Coming of Age
With her first Social Security check banked, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling is ready for some extended cruising on First Boomer, the Grand Banks 42 Classic that she and her husband, Patrick, bought 10 years ago as their retirement boat.
Casey-Kirschling, born one second after midnight Jan. 1, 1946, has been heralded as the first of America’s baby boomers, the largest generation in the nation’s history. Born between 1946 and 1964, boomers have been the 900-pound gorilla that keeps shaking things up as their take on life shifts with their stage of life.
Photos by Onne van der Wal
As snowbirds contemplate their passages south to the Caribbean for the winter, Dockwise Yacht Transport’s message to them is this: Leave the driving to us.
That eureka moment
Look down in John F. Hollenbach’s Ericson 28 Plus, Pelican, and reflected in the deep, honey-thick varnish coating the cabin sole you see the love he has for this sailboat.
The 57-year-old contractor also loves gardening and often brings his favorite cut flowers — orange day lilies — on board. “I’d put them in Tupperware. Eventually, the day lilies would fall over, and the water and pollen would go over the cabin sole,” he says. This he did not love.
There was no conversation in the saloon of the 44-foot cutter Sean Seamour II, where the crew had retreated to ride out the huge storm waves one spring night in 2007. A drogue had been deployed on more than 500 feet of line, and a reefed storm jib was keeping the bow pointing downwind.
What boater hasn’t thought of turning his or her weekend passion into a career? The marine industry offers such a rich tapestry of niches and jobs and career paths that almost any talent, temperament, training or experience, nautical taste or interest can be woven into it somewhere. Be it in business or government, the opportunities to work on or around boats and the water are as diverse as the universe of boats, boaters and boating.
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