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Ft. Lauderdale Show 2013 / Electronics Pavilion #331
To see more from the
Thorntons’ original trip,
visit this story online.
LONG LIVE THE ANNIE B
Their thoughts turned to a legacy on retirement, a 34-foot Legacy to be precise
MY WIFE’S RETIREMENT present to herself was to truck our 34-foot power-cruiser Annie B to our Florida home at Fort Myers Beach for the winter, then cruise home the 1,280 miles via the Okeechobee Waterway and Atlantic ICW. The trip took four weeks,
and we were still talking to each other when we arrived back in Annapolis.
For those interested, the cost was $5,900 to ship the boat by truck, and $6,000 in fuel,
plus another $2,000 in marina and food expenses for the return trip, burning 1 mpg at 20
knots. Ann wrote emails to her friends about the various parts of the trip, and merged them
all together when she got home. I added photos and made a web page. We may do the trip
again in several years. For now we’re happy to take smaller trips every chance we get. We’re
just back from co-leading an Annapolis Yacht Club cruise, the “Southern Bay Wine & Golf
Extravaganza,” around the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. — PETE THORNTON
ty to introduce strangers to the joys of sailing
and my good fortune in owning a sailboat.
A friend with terminal cancer, who loved the
water, took a last cruise with me and revealed
he wanted to be buried at sea. His son and I
scattered his ashes a year later. A couple living below the poverty line in a cramped studio apartment found the wonder of the open
water. An elderly man with dementia found
he could still understand close-hauled steering. There’s been time with my son sailing in
the Gulf of Mexico, and with nephews and
nieces who otherwise wouldn’t spend much
time with their octogenarian uncle.
I find I get to know people in ways I
rarely do on land. The cozy cabin of a sailboat
brings people more intimately together. We
share life stories over glasses of wine after
a hard day’s sail — the humorous and fun
times, the tragic and sad times, the victories
and the struggles of our lives. The awe of a
sunset overwhelms us and our friendships
Sailing appeals to so many — and so
many who don’t have sailboats. Introducing
people to the boat has opened up friendships
I would not otherwise have. I welcome them,
and I’m blessed. — NELSON PRICE