We started cruising during winter months aboard Midnight Sun, our 1986 Pearson 36-2 sailboat. It was the perfect way to spend time off from our summer work in Alaska. We especially loved cruising in the Abacos, a group of lightly developed islands in The Bahamas, sort of like a warm version of the San Juan Islands of our home state of Washington. But when more consistent work called, we decided to settle in Anacortes, Washington and had Midnight Sun trucked across the country.
We missed the Bahamas! Midnight Sun was a good cruising sailboat for us, so we decided to search for another Pearson 36-2. We found one in Lake Erie. so our next adventure was cruising through the Erie Canal, down the Hudson River and into the Atlantic, up Delaware Bay and down the Chesapeake and then through the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW). There were several ice cream stops along the way! We left Echo safely stored on Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos, excited to return for many following winters, but the devastation inflicted on the Abacos by Dorian in 2019 took our boat too. But we're not willing to give us on The Bahamas. We just need to figure out the best way to return to visit these wonderful people and their islands...
Eventually, most sailors transition to power boats. It's always fun to be on the lookout for the next boat, but we didn't expect to find it at Safeway! We ran into some boating friends who were trying to sell their 29' Ranger Tug. We thought this would be the perfect boat for us because we could trailer it to Florida and then hop across to the Abacos. Within a couple weeks we were the surprised owners of a tug, and decided to name her Thea after the inspiring Norwegian immigrant who started the Foss Maritime Company with one little rowboat.