Catalina Morgan 440
When we set out to search for what we dreamed would become our home on the sea, there were a number of key features that were important to both of us. Neil’s sailing experiences led him to love monohull boats, and our preference was for an aft cockpit.
Aesthetically, we desired a pilot or a deck saloon to allow in as much light as possible down below. We wanted at least two berths, as we anticipated that our boat would become our home for the foreseeable future, and we wanted room for loved ones to make memories with us (and for children to join our lives eventually).
We were well-aware that the cost of refitting a boat from its barebones would cost more than we could save in the timeframe we hoped we’d be able to set sail. As a result, we also wanted a boat that was already equipped with solar power and, ideally, a watermaker.
In The Red Thread, we found everything we hoped for and more. She had been maintained lovingly and diligently by the prior owners, The Maddox Family, who had sailed her over 40,000 miles around the Pacific during the prior five years. She is a tried and true cruising boat, and she was outfitted and ready to return to blue water. In addition to the practical features that were important to us, The Red Thread felt different than other boats we’d seen. Cliché as this might sound, her walls rang with the sounds of a family’s laughter and there was an energy that overtook both of us from the moment we stepped aboard. We knew she was more than just an incredible boat, she was a home. We fell for her immediately and she became ours on May 25, 2012.
Neither of us had ever owned a boat before, and 44 feet felt enormous! Nonetheless, we agreed that if we were to chase our dreams of an ocean crossing in the coming years, we needed to purchase the boat capable of seeing that goal to fruition now and get to know her inside and out, rather than starting with a smaller vessel and working our way up.
What’s in a name?
“An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.” ~Ancient Chinese Proverb
Although we both believe strongly in the power we each have to build the life we dream, we also feel strongly that certain people are meant to cross paths as they weave the story of their lives. The Red Thread was the name given to our boat by her prior owners, and it felt right to keep her name as we became part of her story. After she became ours, we asked our good friends, Arjay and Chad, to design a new logo for her bow. The symbol unifies our love for our home port, the world, and the oceans.