When you have a big dream
and you’re willing to work
for it, anything is possible,
as this young California
Home sweet home! The Zartman family,
down below in Ganymede at long last
40 Boat U.S. Magazine AUG/SEPT 2010
By Ben Zartman
It’s been almost six years,” Danielle mused,
looking at the calendar spread on her lap.
“Since what?” I said. A half-step behind
my wife at the best of times, I had a good deal on my
mind. Our newly completed boat, Ganymede, was on
a hydraulic trailer on the way to Stockton, California,
to be launched, and my head whirled with logistics.
“Since we left Capella, and moved ashore. It
seems like forever, but when I look at all we’ve
done, I wonder how we fit it in.”
I thought back over the years that had
passed since we last slid shut the compan-
ionway hatch of Capella, the 27-foot Irwin
sloop that had taken us from Florida, all
the way south to Cartagena, Colombia,
then as far north as Downeast Maine.
Though not designed for blue water and
sparsely fitted out, she’d done well as a
first cruising boat. In the two years she’d
been our modest home we’d done some
unforgettable cruising and accrued a life-
time’s worth of friends and memories. But
the discovery that Danielle was pregnant had
shelved our plans for a Bahamian trip and we
put the boat up for sale instead.