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Our names are Laurie and Hal, we have been boating, working and playing in the maritime industry for nearly all of our lives. Its easy to do when you live on an island with water and beaches all around!
As of April 2021 we will be retired (finally) and planning on living on our boat while we circumnavigate the eastern half of the country on the Great Loop.
Together we have made the south shore of Long Island NY our home (with a short detour in Ohio for Laurie). We just sold our "dirt home", got rid of just about everything, packed up few things that we wanted to keep (mostly an experiment to see how long this stuff lasts), and have started moving onto the boat!
We are planning to cruise the east coast, Canada (if they open), the Great Loop, and the Bahamas for at least a year or so. After the loop we'll figure out what's next!
We are living aboard the m/v GEMINI which is a 2000 Great Harbour GH37 built by Mirage Manufacturing in Florida. She is an awesome 48,000 pound full displacement trawler with tons of living, storage and tankage space! She has a shallow draft and loves being underway!
Here are a few words from the manufacturers web site:
"The GH37 has the same unsinkable, form-stable hull as all Great Habours. Its robustly built, solid fiberglass hull can take a beating, but if the unthinkable happens, its nida cored superstructure and deck has enough buoyancy to keep the vessel afloat. And with its focus on safety, this full displacement trawler offers the reliability of twin diesel engines."
"Owners like to compare the living space and conveniences of their GH 37 to their home. In fact, many have made their GH37 their home by moving aboard full time. With three floors of living space, full sized home appliances including a separate washer and dryer, and year-round heating and air conditioning they've never looked back at their decision to live aboard."
"The spacious main saloon utilizes the vessel's wide, 15' 10" beam and features two seating areas - an L-shaped settee that can be converted to a double berth and two comfortable reading chairs. It opens to a protected cockpit, which many owners enclose with canvas and flexiglass to create an all-weather outdoor area."