My husband, Ged, and I got into boating late. We discovered how much we enjoyed cruis- ing just three years before we
retired. As young adults, we’d had a little
exposure to boating when we vacationed
in Maine with my in-laws. They had
an 18-foot runabout, and when my
father-in-law died, we began to use the
runabout to push the limits of exploration. The first time we took that little
boat to Jonesport, tied up at the dock,
and walked into town for lunch, it blew
us away how much we enjoyed being on
Enter Connie B, a 28-foot Cape
Dory flybridge cruiser. It was love at
first sight when we saw her in October
1999. Little did we know that she
was going to change our lives – even
more than having children! Given our
inexperience, we signed up for the U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary boating class
and followed it up with courses in
navigation, radar, and weather. Over
the next three summers, we gained
experience cruising along the coast
of Maine from Casco Bay to Canada
and joining flotillas that explored
New Brunswick’s St. John River and
Hatching the plan
At that time, we still worked and lived in
western Massachusetts, so going boating meant a two-hour drive to the coast.
Above: A late start in boating hasn’t
slowed the explorations of Connie and Ged
Bryon aboard their boat Snow Goose.
Right: The first stop on the east end of the
Erie Canal is a dock in Waterbury.
ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY CONNIE BRYON
Cruising into retirement
Despite a late start, this couple has managed two Great Loops and several Florida winters.
Now their plans are to continue exploring as long as possible