Getting Out Of Dodge June 21, 2000
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Posted: June 21, 2000
Getting Out Of Dodge
June 21, 2000
Hadley's Harbor, Massachusetts

By Douglas Bernon
Two weeks after we moved aboard; ten years, one day, and many dreams after Bernadette and I became engaged in a goat pasture just outside of Lautro on the Greek island of Crete; and several months past the age my father was when bad genes and worse habits knocked him over for good, I slipped the mooring lines, Bernadette swung Ithaka's bow around, and just past 8:00 a.m. on June 12, we chugged out of Newport's increasingly full summer harbor. A few minutes later, with Fort Adams off our port beam, we r...... Read More

Questions from Readers June 16, 2000
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Posted: June 16, 2000
Questions for the Bernons
June 16, 2000
Newport, RI
What are some of the things you wouldn't go to sea without?
Juan Boyce
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Juan, it's a little too early to tell yet what those things would be for us. But I will share with you a list of things that a friend of mine thinks are invaluable for living aboard. Betsy Gooding worked as managing editor of Cruising World, then took off and completed an impressive five-year circumnavigation in a 38-footer, then came back to CW as the magazine's executive editor. (She also wrote the excellent - and hair-raising -- adventur...... Read More

The Tape June 9, 2000
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Posted: June 09, 2000
The Tape
June 9, 2000
Newport, RI
It's been a major high-energy week for Douglas and me, a roller coaster ride of triumphs and blunders, laughs and tears. Every moment offers us a reminder of the colossal change that's taken over our lives now that we've quit our jobs, sold our house, and moved aboard Ithaka. One moment, we'll find an otherwise moderately amusing joke completely hilarious. The next, a light left on too long or a crooked look will leave us in a funk for two hours. Let's just say, we're both a little overly sensitive - like the volume on life has been cranked up high.
Fro...... Read More

Inside Ithaka June 2000
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Posted: June 02, 2000
Inside Ithaka
By Bernadette Bernon
From Cruising World, June, 2000
We're fortunate to be the owners of a boat that's been built by someone as meticulous, as clever, as tasteful-and as picky-as Gary Back. Ithaka, the 1992 Shearwater 39 that Douglas and I purchased from Gary and Bridgette Back last September, has given us a great deal about which to be proud since we brought her home to Newport, Rhode Island. But we can claim no credit for the achievement of this boat except for one: After seven grueling months of boat shopping, when we stepped aboard this vessel, we had the good sense to bu...... Read More

Questions from Readers June 2, 2000
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Posted: June 02, 2000
Questions for the Bernons
June 2, 2000
Newport, RI
This week we actually moved onto the boat - a BIG week! We also received many great messages from Cruising World readers - thank you - and a few interesting questions. We've chosen two to answer this week. Several questions that came in will require us to have a few more cruising months under our belts in order to give intelligent answers. Stay tuned and we'll get them as time goes by.
Now that you've moved onboard the boat, how does the reality of that compare to the anticipation of it?
Mary Talbot
Newport, Rhode Island

Mary, t...... Read More

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