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Meet the Crew


The Crew
Lucy was made in England, and introduced Matt to hot tea with cream and sugar. Matt calls Key Largo home and introduced Lucy to boats. Now we drink hot tea on our cruising sailboat! We met in college in Ft. Lauderdale while we were both getting our pilots' licenses. Matt flew his airplane from Florida to California and to Canada, and Lucy lived in Alaska working and living in the backcountry before we got married at the courthouse and moved into our first home together, a 32 ft sailboat in a sad state.  

We then decided to try real life, adopted Hastings, and bought and sold several houses, many boats, and even managed to wear ties to work. Inspired by sailing blogs, we made a plan to buy a boat, quit our jobs, and go sailing. 
Hastings

Boat dog sailing a Lagoon 380 Catamaran in the Florida Keys
Hastings enjoying a nice sail
I say, what what! First of all, let me set the tone. It’s Captain Hastings. And my humans are weird. They always liked to drag me to their powerboat, but it wasn’t comfortable and I didn’t like it much. Then they bought a sailboat and my fenced back yard is a distant memory. 

But life aboard isn’t bad at all: it’s a lot easier to keep track of them on Independence, and I can reach all the eating and cooking surfaces when they aren’t looking. I have to constantly supervise the humans (they are quite hapless)- it’s exhausting! 

On Independence, I am in charge of the PR department. I like to greet each human with overjoyed zeal - you never know which ones might have snackies in their bags! A lot of people only know my name, and that Matt and Lucy are my humans. That's the way it is! Right, I’m off to lick some dishes and take a nap.
Boat dog and Lucy helming their Lagoon 380 sail catamaran
Hastings having to supervise the helm
Lucy
Lucy helming a Lagoon 380 sail catamaran
At the helm of Independence
I've always been drawn to cozy cottages, with warm wood floors whose windows open to the sea. Our boats have always been my retreat from work; I have worked in hospitality, aircraft sales, and higher education. 

Years ago, in Key Largo, we were camping on our 21 ft walkaround. I was awakened by the sound of a dolphin breathing and leapt up to find two dolphins, bathed in bioluminescence, swimming around us. It was absolutely fabulous and I have been on the lookout for bioluminescent dolphin ever since! On Independence, I am in charge of sneaking ever increasing numbers of throw pillows onboard.
Lucy jumps off a Lagoon 380 sail catamaran in the Florida Keys
Jump!
Matt
Matt at the helm of Independence, a Lagoon 380 sail catamaran
I’ve wanted a sailing catamaran since I was first aboard one on an overnight trip in high school. After lots of great, nautical adventures in our smaller boats it wasn’t too hard to convince Lucy, who promptly turned my fuzzy dream into a tidy and logical spreadsheet. From Key Largo, FL, I have worked in photography and as a teacher, mostly in aviation and business. 

Skipper of Independence and Chief of Nourishment and Libations, as well at Chief Engineer (“I’m givin’ ‘er all she’s got Capt’n!”).

Independence 

Independence is our dream boat. Never in a million years did we think we could ever make a plan and be able to afford her. Even after the tidy spreadsheets said it could be so, we were in deep denial. After we’d made our offer, done the survey and signed the paperwork, we were still in deep denial. We were so deep in denial it took us weeks to even admit that we’d bought the boat to our closest friends!

She spent her life before us as a charter boat in the BVI and carried celebrities like Paul and Sheryl from Distant Shores fame. They even featured their charter in an episode! https://youtu.be/jmaaw7STmuA

Needless to say, we are very happy to have Independence as part of our family, now that it’s finally sunk in that she is our home and no one is going to show up and demand to know why we are sitting on their boat.
Matt and Lucy sail their Lagoon 380 catamaran in the Florida Keys

Larks…?
I understand that not everyone has larks. Some are stuck solely having good times. How very dull!
Lark is such a resilient word - it can describe actual fun times or extreme suffering that is only funny to other people. (As Jane Austen would say, For what do we live but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?)

Current and Future Larks 
We lived aboard our sailboat while working and saving up money for a 3 year trip. In May 2016, we quit our jobs and spent the summer sailing parts of the ICW and Chesapeake Bay, before returning to Miami, FL for a few months. We are in the Bahamas for the first part of 2017 and headed to Maine and Nova Scotia for the summer of 2017. 

We'll then decide whether to cross the Atlantic to explore the Med, cross the Pacific to get tattoos in the Marquesas, or soak up the sun in the Caribbean!

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