A Pocket Full Of PossibilitiesBy Mark Wilson
Published: June/July 2013
They came from near and far. The largest fleet of trailerable pocket cruisers ever assembled shared 10 days of winter sailing fun at the annual Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention.
Down From The Mountain They Came
Doug and Katie Ames, Palisades, Colorado
The Ameses are lifelong boaters who sail one of the larger pocket cruisers at the event, a Seaward 25, Shadowfax. Katie grew up in England, sailing dinghies with her family, while Doug grew up as a powerboater. "For many years we enjoyed powerboating on Lake Powell," says Doug, "but as Katie's interest in sailing returned, and retirement neared, we looked at sailing as a less expensive and greener way to enjoy boating."
They purchased a Catalina 18, which they brought to their first HPCC four years ago, looking to escape a Rocky Mountain winter and explore new waters. "We arrived a few days early, and found wonderful sailing conditions," says Katie. "That really helped build our confidence and enjoyment of the sport."
"At our first event we learned so many new skills and met so many wonderful people that it proved to be life-changing for us," Doug recalls. "Our entire outlook on sailing changed 180 degrees. Instead of viewing it as an afternoon activity, we envisioned a lifestyle of long summer cruises on Lake Powell and spending extended time living aboard." They quickly realized that their Catalina 18 wouldn't fit their soon-to-be-retired lifestyle, and after looking at the vast variety of trailerable boats at HPCC, decided on the Seaward 25.
Their HPCC connection continues year round. "We now have plans to join a San Juan Island flotilla cruise with other HPCC members, as well as hosting our own Lake Powell flotilla this fall," says Doug. "Even if you don't have a boat or don't want to tow in winter, there are always open spots on boats. You don't need to be intimidated if you have limited experience, because there will always be people with less experience than you and an abundance of people willing to help you rig, launch, and sail."
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