About Us

We are Bruce and Dorsey, and this website is our place to share our adventures with friends and family.  Sailing, boating, Airstreaming, Scottish Terriers, and other good fun.  We are from Rhode Island and currently cruise aboard Esmeralde, an American Tug 395.  We took delivery of the boat at the factory in LaConner, WA on April Fool’s Day 2017, and spent five weeks shaking her down in her home waters of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands.  Then we trucked her home to Rhode Island and are now exploring the east coast.  In the fall of 2018 we will head off on our first trip down the ICW to Florida and hopefully the Bahamas.  In 2020 we hope to start The Great Loop, although we are carefully watching issues surrounding bridge closures on the Illinois River that might derail that plan.

We have a lifetime of ocean passages and coastal cruisings, and are recent converts to The Dark Side.  Bruce has wanted to do the power boat thing for some time.  Dorsey came along only reluctantly but is adjusting just fine.

Our previous boat was a 2005 Sabre 386.  We sailed her in three Newport-Bermuda races double-handed, and cruised extensively between Long Island Sound and Maine during the 11 years we owned her.

Before the Sabre, we had an Able Whistler 32.  Bruce purchased this boat as a bachelor, and was well through a major refit by the time he and Dorsey married in 1997.  We cruised this wonderful little boat as far as St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and extensively everywhere in between there and southern New England.  It was aboard the Whistler, on our honeymoon, that we began our annual tradition of spending four to six weeks every summer cruising on the coast of Maine.  She was the first Esmeralde, and all our subsequent boats have carried the same name.

When Dorsey and Bruce met, she owned her own little boat, a Danish-built  Bianca 27 that she had cruised extensively in southern New England for fourteen years.

When not on the water, we can often be found cruising around the country in our 16′ Airstream “Bambi”.  In the winter of 2017 we towed the Airstream 13,000 miles, from Rhode Island to Key West, across the country to California, then up the Pacific Coast Highway to Washington where we took delivery of the new boat.  After our five-week cruise on the boat, we got back in the Bambi drove back across the country.  All this with our two Scottish Terriers, who are terrific little crew members.

 

 

 

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