Yes, this is me, looking just a bit more stylish than usual, but don’t let the curls and the cheerful smile fool you. Truth is, I’m a diesel-driving double-clutching Jersey girl who spends too much time fixing boats and trucks, motoring, sailing, writing and not behaving according to expectations, and I’ll be the first to admit I have an evil, twisted mind. I live in northeast New Jersey with my husband, two dogs and assorted cats. Growing up aboard boats, I’ve sailed the region’s waters single-handed since childhood, and done a little of everything from boat restorations and repairs to managing a boatyard and working in commercial marine transportation. My work has been published in Boating on the Hudson, Offshore Magazine and DIY Boat Owner Magazine. I divide my time between working on Annabel Lee, my 32′ trawler, and writing, where I tend to find humor in the strangest, and often darkest places. My novels, Last Exit In New Jersey and No Wake Zone, are proof of that. I’m currently at work on the third book in the series: Evacuation Route.
Why am I smiling? (Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts, November 11, 2007.)
When I woke that morning it was 26 degrees outside, and, with no heater aboard, not much warmer in the cabin. The day before, we crossed the bay in 14 foot seas. I spent more time than I’d care to admit examining the swim platform. Half our food stayed behind in the car, the water in the holding tank tastes kind of funky and the cabin looks like a bomb went off. In other words, I’m having fun! (And clearly insane.)
The ‘muttly’ crew – Moxy and Rex, ready to roll.
Annabel Lee – 1977 Cheoy Lee 32′ Trawler
Built in Hong Kong by Cheoy Lee Shipyards, she cruises contently at a sedate 7 knots through hell or high water, burning a mere one gallon an hour, and her 80hp Lehman diesel will run just fine on biodiesel. She draws 4.5′, weighs in just under 20,000 lbs., holds 360 gallons of fuel, 200 of water, and carries full electronics. Aboard, there are V bunks forward, a head with shower, full galley with 4 burner propane stove/oven, fridge, pressurized hot & cold running water and LOTS of teak.
Myra Lee – Annabel Lee’s predecessor, a 1978 Marshall Sanderling. A truly charming catboat and a delight to sail. She’s moored just south of our docks these days.
Kat-Cat, one of our former ferals, has much to laugh at these days.