The Dream Begins: From Sailboat Restoration to Family Cruising

Follow our family's adventures as we restore an old sailboat, learn to sail and expand our cruising horizons each day!

13 November 2009 | Grand Rapids, MI
03 November 2009 | Grand Haven, MI
14 October 2009 | Grand Haven, MI
07 October 2009 | Grand Haven, MI
30 June 2009 | Grand Haven, MI
28 January 2009 | Grand Rapids, MI
23 December 2008 | Grand Rapids, MI
15 December 2008 | Grand Rapids, MI
19 November 2008 | Grand Rapids, MI
20 October 2008 | Grand Rapids, MI
29 August 2008 | Port Sheldon
16 July 2008 | Grand Haven to Holland
10 July 2008 | Grand Haven, MI
09 July 2008 | Grand Haven - Milwaukee
03 June 2008 | Grand Haven to Muskegon
03 June 2008 | Grand Haven, MI
10 May 2008 | Grand Haven, MI
09 May 2008 | Grand Haven, MI
07 May 2008 | Grand Haven, MI
07 May 2008 | Grand Haven, MI

History of Helms Yachts

01 August 2007 | Grand Rapids, MI
Kevin Walters
Helms Yachts were built in South Carolina during the 1970s and early 1980s by Jack Helms. Only 600-800 boats were built. Jack supposedly peronally delivered every boat. The company's first boat was the Helms 25. Jack Helms said that he wanted to create a "better Catalina 22." Sometime in the 1970s a 25 won its class in the MORC.

Eventually a 27 was added, followed by the 30 which was eventually replaced by a 32 footer. Several hundred of the 24, 25, 27 and 30 foot boats were built, but only 10 of the 32 foot were ever built.

As previously mentioned, the Helms 25 was created to be a "better Catalina 22". The Helms 25 looks very similar (almost identical) to the Catalina 22 except for a 3 foot extension to the cockpit. This extension allows the Helms to seat 6 in the cockpit while cruising or four while racing. The C22 only seats a maximum of 4.

Both boats are swing keel designs which makes them popular with trailer-sailors. They also feature a tiller-rudder and sloop rigged sails. Our particular Helms 25 has the following sail inventory: main, storm jib, genoa, and spinnaker.

The cabin features a v-berth forward, convertible dinette to port, sink, built-in cooler, and settee/single berth to starboard. There's also space for a porta-potti, but the potti is absent. We'll likely use a milk jug or "Dawn" bottle for our latrine.

The next blog post will feature more pictures to familiarize you with our specific Helms 25. Stay tuned!
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Vessel Name: Island Bound
Vessel Make/Model: Irwin 28 MkIV
Hailing Port: North Shore Marina, Grand Haven, MI
Crew: Kevin (Captain), Erin (Admiral), Hannah (First Mate), Isabel (Deck Hand)
About: Kevin: Age 34 Erin: Age 33 Hannah: Age 7 Isabel: Age 4
Extra: Follow our family's adventures as we restore an old sailboat, learn to sail and expand our cruising horizons each day! Someday in the not too distant future we intend to cast off the docklines for a VERY long time. Then we'll go where the wind blows...
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The Dream Begins: From Sailboat Restoration to Family Cruising

Who: Kevin (Captain), Erin (Admiral), Hannah (First Mate), Isabel (Deck Hand)
Port: North Shore Marina, Grand Haven, MI