In the database of National Historic Landmarks there are all kinds of boats from throughout U.S. history, including enough fireboats that even a cursory search requires the fingers on both hands to count them. Some of the designated fireboats date back as far as the early 1900s.
These 10 world adventurers cast off their lines and headed toward the locations of their dreams. You can, too. Read here the uncut answers to the questions we asked these globe-trotting cruisers, who have more than 100,000 cruising miles under their belts.
It’s pitch black. My hands, the saloon, the cockpit — everything reeks of diesel. The wind is howling outside, and we are being thrown around as Aretha, our 53-foot sailboat, slides off one wave into the next, whitewater crashing over the lifelines, filling the cockpit.