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Cruising with Kids: S/V Dream Catcher
We've sold the house, bought the boat and will homeschool our children for the next year or two aboard our 43' Sailing Catamaran. Follow the adventures of the Daniels' family as they cruise the caribbean.
Waking up from a winter's sleep
04/07/2006, Drayden, MD

Last weekend my son, DJ, and I drove down to Maryland to do some spring commisioning before our scheduled launch date of 4/27. This was DJ's first view of the boat and he was excited to see her,though he seemed more thrilled with the dingy? Go figure... We were able to get the bottoms painted as well as perform some of the critical engine maintence, ie. hoses, belts, fluids and saildrive oil seals. I know boring stuff, but critical with the upcoming delivery planned for the first of May. Our plans for the next several months to get ready is as follows: Lisa is headed down to Fort Lauderdale this weekend with my sister Donna to get ASA certified on a sailing cat. The plan here is for Lisa to become the sailing expert so I can take on the roll of galley slave. Of course I'm kidding, have you ever seen me cook? Next, the end of April all of us will be heading down during school break for the launching. We plan on sailing Dream Catcher up the Chesapeake into Annapolis where Lisa and the kids will get on a plane to fly home and our good friends (delivery crew) will arrive. Jack Bernier the resident sailing guru with tons of experience together with John Anastas a man with no sailing experience but a huge passion to take on any adventure will help me bring Dream Catcher home to NH.

We dub you

We'll it's settled. After months of hashing through several different options, Nicole, our daughter came up with the name Dream Catcher. She said "The sail is like a Dream Catcher and we are following our dream" who could argue with that.

Found the Boat
12/01/2005, NH

The sea trial and survey have been completed and the closing date is set. After months of searching and several trips to Florida and Annapolis we have finally found the boat that will be our home for the next year or two. The boat is a 1998 43' Voyage Catamaran named Stargazer, which we will most likely rename. Once we settled on a catamaran our next toughest challenge was finding a boat with sufficient headroom for the 6'4" captain. Several other musts that we had was a solid sailing vessel, adequate galley space, storage, and engine access outside the boat. Stargazer fit the bill and is already well equipped for extended cruising with solar panels, watermaker, screecher, SSB, Rader/GPS etc.. Things we will consider over the winter months are AC and a Genset. She is currently on the hard near Solomon's Island, MD were she will sleep through the winter.

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