Sharing A Love For The Water

A Pocket Full Of Possibilities

By 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.

30 Years And Counting

Don and Debbie Boyko, San Diego, California

Photo of Don and Debbie Boyko
Photo: Ben Pierson

"We feel like we're part of something special," says Debbie Boyko, recalling how quickly this event has grown. "Six years ago, 21 boats sailed over to the California side of the Colorado River to a restaurant, stayed overnight, and packed up the next day."

The pair, who's been sailing together for more than 30 years, is a model of efficiency when rigging their Catalina 22 Y-Knot. Over the years they've developed a boatload of shortcuts to streamline the rig-and-launch procedure, and are often in the water before a similar boat has their mast up. "The secret to our speed and success is that I stay on the ground while Don works up on the boat," says Debbie. "If I can keep my very talkative husband working while I talk to the friendly bystanders, we can get the boat ready three times faster than with him chatting."

Photo of the Boykos on the Y-Knot Photo: Ben Pierson

The Boykos have been heading to Havasu since the beginning of the HPCC.

They look forward to learning about new places to cruise each year, enjoy observing how other sailors have customized their boats, and show off their own, unique modifications. During the annual "Pocket Cruiser Boat Show," where participants get to look at the other boats, Y-Knot is one of the most visited. "This is a great way to compare boats before buying and reduce the chance of wasting money and the hassle of buying a boat you know little about," says Don.End of story marker

Mark Wilson sails his Catalina 18 Triggerfish on Huntington Lake, CA, and his Dana 24 Aurelia out of Channel Islands Harbor, CA. For more information, go to

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