Boats are something more than the landsman comprehends. 

- William Atkin


Commander's Fleet

Boats are like anything else.  It's nice to have one for every occasion.



The Banana Wind was what I considered my "traveling boat."  It was a 2003 Precision 18 (HID# PCW18530J203) that was small, light, and easy to transport on a trailer.  I could raise the mast, rig, and launch it myself. It was the second Precision 18 I owned, the first being Kalapana, a 1998 Precision 18 (HID# PCW18464G798), that I sailed 1998-2000 prior to purchasing Banana Republican

Although not overly spacious inside, it was comfortable enough for one person to spend a few days on.  I took some extended cruises with it to islands of Lake Erie and on the Chesapeake Bay.  Unfortunately, due to movement restrictions after two hip surgeries, I was forced to sell it in 2005 because it became too difficult to maneuver around inside the cabin.



In the fall of 2008, I rescued a 19 ft. 1988 Seaward Fox (HID# SYX00816E888) that had fallen into disrepair.  It then became a restoration project that provided me with therapy to satisfy my uncontrollable desire to work on boats.  (I had run out of things to improve on or add to the Banana Republican.)  I established a four-year project completion date to coincide with my retirement plans, but I became obsessed with the work and finished it a year early in the summer of 2012. With the boat renovations completed, I decided to retire a little early and relocated the boat to the Gulf Coast of Florida where I began spending the winters as a "snowbird" in Cape Coral Florida. After a couple years, I decided not to return to Florida in the winters, and I brought Paladin back home during the summer of 2014. I moved it to a marina on Lake Erie in the summer of 2015, and it has been there ever since.


The Banana Republican, being a 2000 Precision 21 (HID# 21265I900), was only three feet longer than the Banana Wind, but it had considerably more interior space.  I purchased it new in 2000 when I sold Kalapana.

Although trailerable, I didn't travel with the Banana Republican because it was a little too much work launching and retrieving it for a short-term cruise, especially when I was cruising alone.  Instead, I dock the boat at my home marina and use it to sail my home waters.  Most of my summer weekends between 2000 and 2010 are spent on the Banana Republican.

When purchased Banana Wind 2 in 2010, I sold Banana Republican.


Banana Republican featured in the August 2004 issue of Sail Magazine


I was set to purchase a nice 1989 Seaward 25 in the summer of 2009 as a replacement for Banana Republican; however, the sellers sold it out from under me.  It probably proved fortunate because later on I decided that I would prefer something slightly smaller and was fortunate to find a nice Seaward 23 for sale in Michigan.  It will remain in storage along the shores of Lake Michigan until I can pick it up in the spring of 2010.  Ironically, this boat was located just several miles north of the one I almost purchased in the summer.  I wanted to find a nice to find a boat newer than Banana Republican and this one fit the bill being a 2001 model.  It also possesses two other features I found attractive:  wheel steering and an inboard diesel.



Banana Daydreamin'?

Well . .  not yet . .  but someday . . . maybe.

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