We’re so happy to share our good news with you! Yesterday we sailed the Chesapeake Bay on our maiden voyage on Tara, a Gozzard 36. The bay was cold, the winds were calm, and we spent the afternoon getting to know Tara’s personality which is quite different from Chiron’s. We’ve moved from a soulless urban resort on the river to a marina on the bay that combines a serious sailing community with country club amenities and a full compliment of marine services. Boat upgrade- check. Marina upgrade- check.
Tara’s first two owners were meticulous in their care of her wood interior, teak on the topside, and the upholstery. I can’t wait to share more pictures once we get moved in because the configuration is like nothing you’ve ever seen on a sailboat. Here’s a peek at the closet in the master cabin, deep enough to hang dresses and wide enough for two.
We discovered a St. Christopher’s medal at the nav station so we’re pretty much guaranteed fair winds and following seas. Fingers crossed, St. Christopher.
They say it’s the little things that make up the big things. Little things like wow, we have a shiny wooden steering wheel! Right now today that means OMG I cannot believe this fancy boat is ours however once spring teak maintenance season starts I might change my tune as I’m sanding and varnishing wood for hours. Teak, so much teak onboard!
In addition to perfectly maintaining Tara, the previous owners kept a yacht log. The first entry is dated July 26, 1986 and begins with “We boarded for the first time in the rain.”
How you spend your days is how you spend your life. Now that my days will include sailing Tara on the bay with Charles and Sylvie, a beautiful new marina, and a friendly and welcome new sailing community, I think this new life we’ve built is shaping up to be a pretty good one.
Note to Charles- Thank you so much for giving me a boat life. I never imagined I’d have a boat like Tara in all the years that I wished for a sailor in my life. Thank you for taking me aboard on this journey. I can’t wait to see what adventures are ahead for us. Click here and scroll down to Tiffany to check out my story.
“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” -Maxwell
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