Him – I’m Erlin, a long time Seattle resident and liveaboard. A brief history includes a birth in San Francisco, a hippie childhood with stints in a commune and living in a tent in the woods, and a childhood bouncing around western Washington that finally ended with moving onto a houseboat I built on Lake Union. The sailing bug bit a bit slowly, starting with a high school friend introducing me to the idea and my first times out on a sailboat, and a college roommate who’s father allowed us to take out a Cal 40 he owned. Mostly it was a good way to invite girls out on a unique experience… After I moved onto the houseboat, I decided I wanted a sailboat, and traded my motorcycle for a MacGregor Venture 25′. While I had done some sailing, most of it was following the instructions to pull this line, or sit on that side of the boat. So out to the middle of Lake Union I went, armed with book knowledge, and I hoisted the sails, looked at how other boats had their sails trimmed and which way they were going, and started learning. It was a wonderful way to spend sunny weekend days, and summer evenings. Eventually the MacGregor gave way to an Irwin 25′ ( a bigger 25 footer), then a Triangle 32, a rather rare 60s vintage fiberglass center cockpit ketch with dual swing keels I thought would be the boat to fulfill my developing dream of sailing off to the tropics on. I began a remodel of the houseboat, eventually quitting my IT job to finish the remodel myself, and as my savings and summer ran out, I finished the job, just as the economy crashed. And I found out I was getting kicked out of my wonderfully located and reasonably priced marina. New slips were located, and after a prolonged houseboat marketing campaign including failed stints of listing it on Craigslist and using a yacht broker, I found a real estate agent specializing in houseboats. After some adjustments in expectations on price I finally sold the boat in the late summer of 2010. Meanwhile I had begun racing on more serious sailboats, and had new ideas about what I wanted out of a cruising sailboat. While the Triangle 32 was a sturdy and remarkably roomy boat for the size, it didn’t have the sailing performance I wanted, and there were some layout issues I thought I could live with on purchase that I began to reconsider. The details are in the about the boat section, but a very reasonably priced Tartan 37 fell into my lap, and I jumped on it. It needs a lot of cruising gear, but it is in good shape and is providing a good home while it is fixed up for cruising. I found someone to buy the Triangle, and for the first time in a long time, I only own one boat. But it is a lively sailor, has an active web site, and will take me wherever I want to go.
Her – I’m Jenn. I have lived in several places in my lifetime, so answering the question, “Where are you from?” can be a little complicated. I was born in the Philippines, spent my adolescent years in Colorado, moved to the east coast and lived in Boston for 9 years with a 1 year stint in New York. In 2007, I decided to see what the Pacific Northwest had to offer, packed everything I needed in a rented SUV and made the long trip on I-90 from Boston to Seattle. I worked in I.T. for most of my adult life until I grew tired of it and decided to give up my big girl job for a less stressful one as a waitress. It allowed me to work less and play more.
I had never been on a sailboat until the summer of 2009, when my good friend Lele was invited out for a casual sailboat race on Lake Union by the IT guy from her office, and brought me along. I was invited out for another, and hit it off with the skipper who lived on a boat and had a lifelong dream of sailing off to the tropics. I fell in love with the guy and the idea of sailing off with him. When he sold his houseboat and purchased the Tartan, we moved in together on it and started the process of turning his dream into reality. We have been working hard to get the boat ready for our trip to Mexico in the fall of 2011. I’m learning to do things like varnishing teak, installing new light fixtures, and steering the boat under sail. Now if only I could learn how to swim…
The Cat – Minion is a true boat kitty! He was born on a boat and does not associate land with good times since he has only been offshore to go to the vet for shots and neutering. He enjoys sunbathing on the boom, duck watching from the stern and playing with socks. Despite our best efforts, he has not learned how to handle lines or tie knots yet but he does his part in keeping the boat spider-free. He is excited to go to the tropics as he hears the lizards are a real delicacy.