Prior to becoming full time livaboard/cruisers they lived in Vermont. Bill was an Energy Consultant using tools such as infra red cameras to help commercial and residential clients get the best return on their energy bills. Lara is a Massage Therapist. Both have put their careers on hold for the crusing life. Isobel is a delightfully precocious three year old and an adventure all her own.
Sunrise is a 1983 Halberg Rassy purchased in 2008. Prior to the HR38 they owned a 23' sailboat and cruised on Lake Champlain where Bill 'developed a serious cruising bug'. They have lived aboard and cruised on Sunrise since 2009.
Since moving aboard they have cruised as far south as the Southeast Bahamas and as far north as Northeast Harbor, Maine. They are headed south again and would like to get south of the Dominican Republic. They have hopes of cruising to Panama, through the canal, the Pacific and beyond with Thailand as a dream destination.
They have no specific return agenda, and will cruise as long as possible.
After living and cruising on the boat for two years they had some pretty specific ideas on what improvements could be made to improve their lifestyle. Prior to the refit they couldn't even get a pint of ice cream in the freezer without sawing it in half and transferring to zipper bags due to the 'mail slot access'. Improvements to the galley included new and separate hatches for the freezer and frig, new sink, Corian counter top and much improved and added stowage.
The two single aft berths were transformed to a double with step for Isobel. Book shelves were added and lockers were modified for better utilization.
Two whisker poles were added for better downwind sailing in the tropics and all new openning ports were installed.
"We came in for a short haul last spring and the vibe was great! Everyone was so nice and generous with their time and tools...then we took a quick tour of Radio Flyer, (Zimmerman 38) which had just been launched. Seeing the workmanship, we said to ourselves; When we have the money to do a refit, this is where we are coming. We were not disappointed!"