My husband Don and I are currently in Oriental North Carolina to do a remodel of the interior of our boat so we can continue cruising. We have been cruising on SOUTHERN CROSS a 1974 Dickerson 41 ketch, the last woody that Dickerson built, since October 2002. If you are in Oriental, come by for a visit.
About the boat: The original owner, Neville and Louise Lewis with their son Chris took SOUTHERN CROSS around the world from 1975 to 1979. That was when there were real sailors! Went around with only a flasher depth sounder, a knot log, and sextant. My husband bought SOUTHERN CROSS from the Lewis' in 1984.
Oriental, North Carolina
Some, but not all of the Great Lakes - Lake Erie, Lake Huron, north Channel, north Georgian Bay, upper Lake Michigan. Cruised the East coast of US from Cutler Maine around to the west coast of Florida up to Clearwater. Then the Dry Tortugas, the Bahamas - both the Abacos and the Exumas. We have stopped at the Spanish Virgins by Puerto Rico, US Virgins, British Virgins including Anagada, St. Martin/Sint Marten, Saba, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Barts, Dominica, Martinque, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Tobago Cays, Carricou, Grenada, Tobago, Trinidad, Venezuela (Marguerita, Puerto la Cruz, Aves, Roches...), Bonaire, Curacao, Cartagena Colombia, San Blas Islands, Portabello, and Bocas del Toro, Laguna del Bluefield of Panama. Then Alagarte Reef off the coast of Nicaragua and moved on to Guanaja and Roatan Honduras. Next up the Rio of Guatemala for interior exploring. Moving along to Big Creek, then Turneffe Reef, Middle Long Cay, Half Moon Cay, and Cay Caulker of Belize. Then it was back to the States for the first time in over two years for the SOUTHERN CROSS.
We are currently in the starting stages of remodeling the interior of the boat for future long distance cruising.
We want to visit new places, meet new people, and try new foods We want to keep cruising until it is no longer fun. To have no particular place to ,and plenty of time to get there.
Hello I found an old cal 36, but it needs a mast and boom. Any ideas , boat has been sitting a long ti me. Do you think it's worth the look. I found some masts that may fit from 700$ to 5k any advice for a novice big boat want a be. Thanks john
"My hose clamps also needed tightening last year after I overheated the engine after an impeller failure. I assumed it was because the hose expanded or the clamp was not tightened properly when the boat was built.
Final-Lee Ben. 40, hull 182"
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Hope all's well with you so far in this new year, 2015. I might start checking SK's a little more regularly now that some of the 'usual suspects' are checking in again. Sent you a hello on Yahoo Messenger…"