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2002 Catalina 36 By Capt. Diane Fowler


fter a gorgeous week diving in St. Martin in December 1987, my husband peeked out the window of our plane and said, “Look at all those islands! Wouldn’t it be cool to learn how to sail, and go anywhere we want?” I was immediately hooked on the idea of independence and adventure. Since being a workaholic in Chicagoland provided little time for sailing lessons, we enrolled in the Annapolis Sailing School, St. Croix, June 1988. We were 33 and 39 years young—so it’s never too late to learn! After earning our bareboat cruising certification, we chartered boats in the BVIs nine times, joined friends on a Prout catamaran in the Abacos and bought a Fountain Pajot catamaran that went into charter management in South Beach, FL. But that is another story. In January 1993, we moved into our waterfront house in Cape Coral, FL. We bought several powerboats and also sailed our cat from Miami through the Keys. Lucky for us, we

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