About Jim & Lisa Favors

Jim grew up in the Detroit metropolitan area and fell in love with the small inland lakes of Michigan at a young age. He liked boating so much that he and a friend built a 10-foot hydroplane in their high-school shop class. Later, he bought an old 16-foot Lake & Sea runabout. Jim spent his career as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Traverse City, Michigan office, where he was Senior Vice President, and for eight years served as branch manager.

Meanwhile, Lisa grew up in Troy, Michigan and spent summers at the family cottage on Lake Huron with several sail and rowboats at her disposal. She spent most of her professional career as a graphic designer working in advertising and marketing.

Jim and Lisa bought their first boat together, a small used 20-foot Four Winns runabout, soon after they were married. They spent a lot of time on the water during their off time in the summer months enjoying local inland lakes while growing their mutual passion for boating — as their passion increased so did the size of their boats.

After their three sons headed off to college and careers, Jim and Lisa moved up to a 32-foot boat, then a 42-foot Silverton and started exploring the Great Lakes, Door County, Wisconsin, Mackinaw Island, Canada's North Channel and in 2005-06 the 6,000-mile Great American Loop boat trip that turned into a five-year live-aboard experience. Today they continue their adventures on a trailerable trawler and will be exploring new cruising grounds with their 27-foot Ranger Tug and towing it with a GMC Heavy Duty Sierra truck. Their plans are to visit inland lakes and rivers that were not always easily assessable with a larger boat and return to some of their favorite cruising grounds.

Boating and time spent on the water have been a big part of Jim and Lisa's lives since their marriage in 1992, when they formed a blended family of five. Their sons — Skyler, Ross, and Bart — wanted to get a dog right after the family moved in together. Instead, unbeknownst to the boys, Jim and Lisa bought the 20-foot Four Winns runabout.

Jim came across an iron Scottie dog cut out of metal and attached to a spike, he thought this might be a good visual as he explained to the boys our decision making process. Jim and Lisa gathered the boys in their living room quickly explaining they had good news and bad news. Jim showed them the dog and told them that the bad news was that this was the only dog they'd be getting, Then he told them the good news, that they now owned a boat. They were so excited they never asked for a dog again. Thrilled, the Favors family began their boating adventures, and "Spike," the metal Scotty, became an icon in their family's traditions, often getting "stuck" in unusual places all over the neighborhood and often finding his way into suitcases on family vacations. Spike became a symbol for Jim and Lisa's passion for boating, and how it all began for them.

After their sons headed off to college and careers, Jim and Lisa moved up to a 32-foot boat, then a 42-foot Silverton Convertible and started exploring the Great Lakes, Door County, Wisconsin, Mackinaw Island, Canada's North Channel all while increasing their mutual love of boating. After retiring in 2005-06 the Favors started the 6,000-mile Great Loop boat trip, which turned into a five-year live-aboard experience. Another boat followed during that trip, a Fathom 40 trawler. Today they continue their adventures but on a trailerable trawler — they will be exploring new cruising grounds with their 27-foot Ranger Tug, towing it with a GMC Heavy Duty Sierra truck. Their plans are to explore inland lakes and rivers that were either impossible or not easily assessable with a larger boat and return to some of their favorite harbors and coastal towns they became familiar with during their time as full-time live-aboards.

The Favors have published two books about boating, When the Water Calls ... We Follow and Women On Board Cruising. They also have a new eBook series, Upside Of Downsizing To A Trailerable Trawler, currently underway.