S/V Passage - Refitting a Classic (& Building Our Skills) Before Cutting the Docklines

We are working toward our dream, one step at a time, and are prepared to make mistakes and learn from them so we become better cruisers every day.

Vessel Name: Passage
Vessel Make/Model: 1980 Pearson 365 Ketch #324
Hailing Port: Chicago, IL
Crew: David Cole & Brodi Cole
We started sailing in 2004 when David's dad bought his first sailboat, a 30' Hunter on Lake Michigan. David spent many hours on Lake Michigan and when his dad upgraded to a 42' Hunter, even made several multi-day crossings between Florida and the Bahamas. [...]
In early 2010, we made a 5-year plan to pay off our debt, save money, buy a sailboat and take off for the adventure of a lifetime. One year into that plan, Brodi discovered an amazing deal that resulted in us acquiring "Passage"-a 1980 Pearson 365 Ketch-three years ahead of "schedule." We hope this [...]
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Recent Blog Posts
14 March 2019

A New Adventure!

It's been a while since we posted anything because kids add an unexpected spice to life and our implementation strategy for leaving the rat race has changed a bit. We still plan to 'cut the docklines' and travel the world, but sadly it won't be with Passage.

30 May 2012 | Chicago, IL

Back on the Lake!

The blog may have been quiet lately but we sure haven’t been slacking! After receiving the spring bridge schedule (we can only put the boat in and take it up river on certain days approved by the city), we had a mad rush in April to cut our [...]

19 March 2012 | Chicago, IL

Big News!

We weren't kidding when we said in the last blog post that March would be full of big news...as you may have guessed from the photo, our crew is officially expanding to three! Baby Cole should be joining us around September 2, 2012...just in time to help us winterize Passage! In case you're wondering, [...]

16 February 2012 | Chicago, IL

Winter Update

We haven't been MIA because we're busy with boat projects...sadly it's been the exact opposite. While winter in Chicago has been a bit more temperate that usual, it still hasn't exactly been ideal for boatwork. So we've been focusing on home projects that were neglected throughout boating season...how [...]

03 January 2012 | Chicago, IL

Too COLD for Cruising

We truly thought more boatwork would get done this winter, but now that the holidays are officially over it's hard to motivate ourselves to willingly spend significant lengths of time outside doing boatwork when it's already skipping the freezing point entirely! It's official, January is NOT a good time [...]

13 December 2011

Cool Website

I just found a cool new website, and wanted to share. Love the pic/quote on his main page, too!

12 December 2011 | Chicago, IL

A Month of Updates

It's been a rather crazy month for us, without really any time to even sit down and log our updates. The weekend after our last (and only) post in November we did head back down to the yacht yard to get some more stuff off the boat, and try to figure out our head/plumbing system. Our biggest challenge [...]

09 November 2011 | Chicago, IL


Motivation. That one little word has so much "baggage" associate with it, but in my mind truly defines the doers from the dreamers. Ever since Daylight Saving Time ended over the weekend I've struggled to maintain my level of motivation. Between the [...]

02 November 2011

Hump Day, Quote Day!

Well, he wrote the quote anyway...

01 November 2011 | Chicago, IL

Not MIA!

We went down to the boatyard to see Passage on her cradle last Sunday, and it was amazing that it took just 20 minutes to get there! When we got to the boat, we packed up a few things to bring home for the winter as well as started to look at the holding tank to determine how we will remove it. We also [...]

Step Up to Your Life Raft!

04 September 2011 | Chicago, IL
Brodi / 18 knot winds & choppy swells
When we first bought Passage and started telling people what a gem we'd snagged, we were told multiple times "they don't make boats like that any more." At first we'd just smile and agree with them, but we didn't really realize what that meant. Having been researching sailboats for a while, and seeing other boats in the harbor perform in different sailing conditions, I can't help but take a moment to broadcast just how right they are!

We went out yesterday in barely any wind, and then again today even though I was really nervous about having never been out in such strong winds. But my mom was in town with Tony (my stepdad) and we wanted them to experience how great Passage truly is. We'd made plans the day before to have our friends Lauren, Brian, Liz and Beth also join us so I was a bit concerned that we'd taken on more than we could handle and invited an audience to see us crash into the sailboat behind us as we tried to get off the can. However, seeing the waves as we drove down Lake Shore Drive made me feel a bit better about the conditions and Lake Michigan didn't look so overwhelming.

The harbor itself was calm but I could see boats heeled over at a significant angle, and while my mom was (a bit too) excited to "sail like a racing boat", I wasn't sure how we would do and several people took dramamine to prevent seasickness-including Tony who had gotten seasick in the suprisingly big swells the day before. Today, we saw what our boat can do in decent winds and I am even more excited to get Passage back on the oceans where she belongs!

There are two safety precautions I've learned in my plethora of reading in the last 20 months, which I've told David and our friends who sail with us often:
1) Schedules Sink Ships
2) Step up to Your Liferaft

The first one we lived yesterday when we cancelled our sail to Michigan City, IN to shop at the outlet mall due to intense thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon (which ended up being a smart decision). The second one we didn't experience this weekend (you sadist!) but seeing Passage cut through small swells, sail over larger ones and easily right herself when we were hit sideways during a tack made me realize that our boat will really be able to hold her own during foul weather. Comparing Passage's smaller heeling angle to those observed in the newer, fin keeled Hunters and Beneteaus made me truly believe that they really DON'T make sailboats like that any more!

When I came home and used my new login information to join the Pearson365.com website I discovered a short video that reinforced this even more...I hope I never have to find out if my boat is as tough as this Pearson 365...
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